Phillips Universität, Marburg
Discover 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.
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
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
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
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