Hessen Exchange, Germany
Web Guide for Spring & Fall Semestr 2019

Last Updated 06 AUG 2018

Program Overview

Program Overview



Program Contact Advising: hessen@uwosh.edu
Advising on German Language Courses: Dr. Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, Clow F321; Tel: 920-424-0909
In an emergency: info@study-in-hessen.de

Accommodation Accommodation options are different for each Hessen institution. Use the Hessen Outbound Student Guide to research accommotion offerings by Hessen institution.


All campuses have a student Mensa (cafeteria) which offers lunch-time meals at subsidized rates (€1.50-€3.00).

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet (linked in Step III of the application checklist). It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!

Airport Transfers

Mode of transportation: Students arrange their own transportation to/from the Chicago O'Hare airport. Arrive at least 3 hours before the scheduled flight departure.


Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university.

For luggage limits, refer to the website of the airline on which you ultimately book your ticket.

You will travel from one of the following airports to your destination: Frankfurt Airport; Munich Airport; Berlin Airport; Schiphol Airport (in Amsterdam) Instructions on how to get from the airport to your destination will be provided at the pre-departure meeting.


The academic year is divided into two semesters, beginning with the winter semester in October.


  • Winter Semester (Wintersemester/WS): usually from late October to mid-February
  • Summer Semester (Sommersemester/SS): usually from early April to late July

Universities of Applied Science (Hochschulen)

  • Winter Semester (Wintersemester/WS): usually from early October to mid-February
  • Summer Semester (Sommersemester/SS): usually from late March to mid-July

International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP)

  • Winter Semester (Wintersemester/WS): from late Aug/early Sept to early December
  • Summer Semester (Sommersemester/SS): from late Feb/early March to  early/mid-June

Legal Entry & Stay U.S. citizens are not required to apply for an entry visa prior to travel or a Residence Permit upon arrival.

Insurance See insurance for details.

Orientation All participants must complete the mandatory Office of International Education on-line orientation and submit an orientation quiz. The quiz is linked from within the on-line orientation and is due the 2nd Friday in November for fall interim, spring semester and spring break programs or the 2nd Friday in April for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs.

Participants must review the Hochschule Darmstadt Summer University website.

All participants must also attend a pre-depature meeting, which supplements the on-line orientation and addresses common questions. The date and time will be coordinated with all accepted students and the orientation will take place in Dempsey 202. Participants who do not attend the pre-departure meeting will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.

Travel Resources See Orientation & Travel Resources.

Program Withdrawal See Program Withdrawal.