Philipps-Universität Marburg

About the University 

The Philipps-Universität Marburg was founded in 1527 as the first protestant university in the world. Situated in one of the most scenic medieval towns of Germany, with about 80,000 inhabitants, an old saying but one which still applies is: other towns have a university, Marburg is a university. The Philipps-Universität has traditionally a strong international commitment. This is demonstrated by the numerous bilateral exchange agreements within Europe and throughout the world and by the high number of international students. The University of Marburg offers more than 100 subjects in almost all fields of the liberal arts and sciences including economics, business, law, medicine and dentistry. There is a strong commitment to international students. To encourage more students from abroad to study in the federal state of Hessen, in 1999 the University of Marburg started the first Hessen International Summer University (ISU).  

About the City 

Marburg is a university town with an 800 year history, with small crooked streets and lanes in the old town between the river Lahn and the castle on the hill. University flair set in an impressive surrounding countryside. In the 13th century the Deutsche Orden built the first gothic hall-church on German soil to the honour of St Elisabeth. When Landgrave Philipp (the magnanimous) founded the University in 1527 he also ensured that Marburg would be a town open to the world with students and visitors from all over the globe. The first Nobel prize winner for medicine Emil von Behring after whom the pharmaceutical company was named gave Marburg the impulse to become a center for life sciences and pharmaceutical technology.


  • Law
  • Business Administration and Economics
  • Social Science and Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Theology
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • German Studies and History of the Arts
  • Foreign Languages and Cultures
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  •  Pharmacy
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Medicine
  • Education


  • Year of foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1527
  • Number of students . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.727 (WS 2014/15)
  • Foreign students . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3.470 (WS 2014/15)
  • Professors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  358 (2014)

Contact Details

International Office
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Deutschhausstr. 11+13
D-35032 Marburg

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 282 64 65

Homepage International Office

Homepage: German | English



June 2015

Hessen:International Summer Universities 2016 - Save the date!
Hessen Universities offer Hessen:ISUs in six different cities on a variety of topics in 2016. Each Summer University is a four-week study program which offers academic courses in English and/or German, intensive German language courses on all levels, and an extensive cultural and excursion program. Credits will be awarded for the successful completion of the courses.

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"Coming to Fulda was an amazing experience I will never forget. I studied a beginners German course, which taught me so much in just a month."
(Andrea Sanderson, UMass Lowell on her ISU Fulda 2011 experience)