Philipps-Universität Marburg

About the University
The University of 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 University of Marburg 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 85 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).

Departments

  • 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

Prominent teachers

  • Denis Papin(1647-1712), invented the “steam digester“, a pressure cooker,
    professor of mathematics and physics at Marburg from 1688-1695
  • Christian Wolff(1679-1754), philosopher, mathematician, and scientist,
    best known as the German spokesman of the Enlightenment,
    professor of mathematics and philosophy at Marburg from 1723 to 1740
  • Emil von Behring(1854-1917), founder of the science of immunology,
    received the first Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1901,
    taught at Marburg from 1895 to 1916
  • Rudolf Bultmann(1884-1976), theologian known for his programme
    to “demythologize” the New Testament, lecturer,
    later professor of new testament theology at Marburg from 1921 to 1951

Prominent students
  • Brothers Grimm:
    Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786-1859),
    famous for their classic collections of folk songs and tales,
    studied law at Marburg from 1802 to 1806
  • Mikhail W. Lomonosov(1711-1765), Russian poet, scientist and grammarian,
    first great linguistic reformer of Russian, founded the university of Moscow in 1755,
    studied at Marburg from 1736 to 1739
  • José Ortega y Gasset(1883-1955), Spanish philosopher,
    professor of metaphysics in Madrid, studied at Marburg from 1904 to 1908
  • Boris Pasternak(1890-1960), Russian poet whose novel “Doctor Zhivago”
    helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, studied philosophy at Marburg
  • Kostas Simitis, Greek prime minister, started studying law in Marburg in 1954
    and graduated with a thesis on “Common Law and the public order” in 1959

Statistics (2009)

  • Year of foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1527
  • Number of students . . . . . . . . . . . .  20,361
  • Foreign students . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2,170
  • Professors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .     294

Philipps-Universität Marburg
Referat für ausländische Studierende und Auslandsstudium

Biegenstrasse 12
D-35037 Marburg
Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 28 22222
Fax: +49 (0)6421 / 282 8998
e-mail:international@uni-marburg.de

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July 2014

Top Positions for Hessen Universities 2014
According to the renowned "WirtschaftsWoche" ranking two Hessen Universities are the best German institutions of higher education in Economics (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Business Informatics (TU Darmstadt). These universities have as well reached top five positions in the fields of Natural Sciences (Frankfurt), Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering (Darmstadt). 
 

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STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
"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)