STUDY ABROADPhillips Universität, MarburgDiscover a new world! Studying a new language, reading other people's stories, and connecting with Germans in their own language can be a source of pleasure and surprise! Get an insider’s perspective of the German culture and a new view of your own. Take the opportunity to participate in our exchange program at the Phillips Universität in Marburg. The city of Marburg offers a great setting for study and play. A classic university town where students make up one-third of the population, Marburg offers plenty of cafes, restaurants, and entertainment. Marburg displays a great mix of modern-day fun and medieval history. Set in a river valley in the middle of Germany, the town offers some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the country. More Information.Founded in 1222, Marburg is today a city of 85,000 that has kept a wonderful balance of old-world charm with its Altstadt (old town), and modern times with its university and surrounding area. The city is located almost in the middle of Germany along a major train line and easily accessible from Frankfurt/Main (one hour by train).
Our program in Marburg is unique in that it consists of a one or two-month language school, an orientation program and a full year's study. At the university you are allowed to take any course for which you are qualified (except medicine, veterinary science or pharmacology). A number of courses at the Dolmetscher Institut are specifically designed to improve your German to the point that you can participate with German students.
Since it is a direct exchange, your Randolph-Macon tuition provides you with free study at the Phillips Universität (including the language school and the orientation program), a monthly stipend (for room and board), health insurance, free bus or train transportation locally or within a 100 km radius of Marburg, access to the university cafeteria, and accommodations in a single-room in the Studentendorf (village of student residence). Your courses will also transfer directly as Randolph-Macon work.
In other words, everything but transportation from the US to Germany and back home again is taken care of. Based on financial need, travel funds may be available from the Dean of the College.
We have had great success with this program and our students have come back as fluent speakers, often also having earned enough credits to almost have a German major. Many students have fallen in love with Marburg and have gone back after their graduation from Randolph-Macon.