Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Hessen

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


  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Universität Kassel

Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Hochschule RheinMain
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  • Hochschule Fulda

Academies of Music and Arts

  • Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main
  • Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main

New Type of University

  • Hochschule Geisenheim University

Other Institutions of Higher Education

  • Evangelische Hochschule
  • Hochschule Fresenius
  • EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Hochschule der Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, Bad Hersfeld
  • DIPLOMA Hochschule - Private Fachhochschule Nordhessen
  • Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule
  • Provadis School of International Management and Technology
  • Städelschule
  • accadis Hochschule
  • Freie Theologische Hochschule
  • Ev. Hochschule Tabor, Marburg
  • CVJM-Hochschule
  • Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach

Church-Run Institutions of Higher Education

  • Lutherische Theologische Hochschule
  • Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen
  • Theologische Fakultät Fulda

Universities of Applied Sciences for Administrative Studies

  • Archivschule Marburg (Fachhochschule für Archivwesen)
  • Studienzentrum der Finanzverwaltung und Justiz Rotenburg a. d. Fulda
  • Hessische Hochschule für Polizei und Verwaltung in Wiesbaden

Universities of Cooperative Education

  • Hessische Berufsakademie,
    Frankfurt/Main, Kassel, Darmstadt
  • Berufsakademie Rhein-Main,
  • Berufsakademie Nordhessen gGmbH
  • Europäische Studienakademie Kälte-Klima-Lüftung
  • Internationale Berufsakademie der F+U Unternehmensgruppe gGmbH
  • Private Berufsakademie Fulda
  • Brüder-Grimm-Berufsakademie Hanau



Hessen: International Summer Universities (ISUs) 2016 - Apply now!

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

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"The ISU program exceeded my expectations in many different levels. Besides being a very interesting academic situation, it’s also a great human experience.” 
(Hessen:ISU 2015 Participant)