Short-term Programs in Hessen - the Easy Way to Study Abroad


Short in duration yet designed to maximize your learning outcome and cultural experience!


The Hessen-Wisconsin Exchange offers short-term study abroad options twice a year, during summer and in January. No German skills are required!



Three Hessen International Winter Universities (IWU) take place during the winterim (J-) term in Kassel, Fulda and Darmstadt.  


The three-week winter study programs consist of:

  • Seminars and lectures in English
  • Intensive German language courses at all levels beginner/intermediate/advanced
  • Excursion to Berlin and additional extensive cultural and excursion program

The University of Kassel welcomes students from around the world to its 12th International Winter University Kassel (December 29, 2017 - January 18, 2018). IWU Kassel offers students the choice of an engineering module, which focuses on renewable energy sources, and a cultural module, which focuses on German history, literature and art. Get detailed information on the IWU Kassel-website.


The International Winter University Fulda takes place at the Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences (January 2-21, 2018). Seminars will be offered on the topics "Culture and Society", "Business", and for the first time this winter, "Art and Society". Find out more on the IWU Fulda-website.


For the first time, the International Winter University Darmstadt takes place at Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (December 29, 2017 - January 19, 2018). Students can choose between an engineering module ("Mechanical Engineering in Modern Power Plants") and a business module "International Marketing and Sales". Get detailed information on the IWU Darmstadt-website.

Application and deadline



Six Hessen International Summer Universities (ISU) take place in Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Fulda, Giessen, Kassel and Marburg between June and August.



The four-week summer study programs consist of:

  • Seminars and lectures in English as well as in German focusing on current European and German topics such as economics, politics, society, culture and science
  • Intensive German language courses at all levels beginner/intermediate/advanced
  • Extensive cultural and excursion program

Credits are awarded for the successful completion of the program. Each ISU has its own thematic focus. Please visit the ISU-website for details.


Special conditions apply to students taking part in the Hessen-Wisconsin program.


Application and deadline




Apply now to join the Hessen: International Winter Universities (IWUs) in Kassel, Fulda or Darmstadt! All courses are conducted in English. German language classes... more...


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