|# of Students:||209,000*|
|# of Int. Students:||28,000*|
|# of Institutes:||28|
|Education Expenditure:||26‰ of GDP|
|Academic Year:||Runs from October to September|
Opportunities and personal growth usually go along with studying abroad – and Hessen offers a great study experience in a stimulating environment. Within easy reach of Frankfurt, Germany’s finance and logistics hub, the state of Hessen offers outstanding higher education possibilities. Over 13% of the student population in Hessen is international, which is above average and the presence of well-known international corporations shows the attractiveness of the region.
As with any internationally oriented community, Hessen is glad to welcome students from around the world! The numerous English-language and international courses of study are well complemented by the “Hessen International Summer Universities“ (ISU), which provide students with a good first impression of the local academic offerings. The ISUs are a joint project of the Hessen institutions of higher education and consist of a series of four- week study programs in English and German at different universities or institutes. Each program contains a German course; the different levels allow students without prior knowledge of German to participate. The Hessen State Institutions of Higher Education have established a North American liaison office in New York to help interested students and scientists participate in the multifaceted programs.
Should you be planning to study in Hessen, your first and most important point of contact is the international office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) or the student services (Studierendensekretariat/Studienservice) at the university or university of applied sciences of your choice. All necessary information on the application procedures will be provided by them. They will examine your higher education entrance qualification and your German language skills. If the documents provided do not suffice, students from abroad will be required to take an exam (Feststellungsprüfung).
Preparation courses for this exam are offered by four study centres (Studienkollegs) in Hessen:
Phone: +49 6151 / 824838
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 76
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 / 798-25250
Phone: +49 6421 / 28-26016, -26015
Wilhelmshöher Allee 73
Phone: +49 561 / 804-6387, -6384, -6407
General information on studying in Germany and the necessary steps required to gain admission to a university of your choice, are available in English, French, or Spanish from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in Bonn or from one of its numerous branch offices around the world:
German Academic Exchange Service
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Phone: +49 228 / 882-0
Fax: +49 228 / 882-444
Areas of regional focus have emerged at the individual universities: the University of Marburg is traditional linked to many important scientists. Famous lecturers, such as Emil von Behring –the first person to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Robert Bunsen the chemist, or Karl-Ferdinand Braun who invented the Braun tube, laid the foundations for the current natural science research disciplines, chemistry and medicine. The importance of the University of Marburg as a center of language and cultural sciences is underlined by the large number of Marburg students who became famous in later life: the Brothers Grimm, Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset or philologist Konrad Duden whose ground-breaking work paved the way for German grammar.
In addition to offering a broad curriculum ranging from natural sciences to law and economics, social sciences and education, right up to language and cultural sciences, Hessen's second largest university - Justus-Liebig University in Giessen – also offers a range of disciplines that is unique, and not just in Hessen: Human and veterinary medicine, agricultural sciences and household and nutritional sciences. This combination allows the university to focus on the unique field of human-nutritional-environmental research that scientifically addresses the entire food chain from production to consumption.
Hessen's largest university, Goethe University Frankfurt, is primarily characterized by humanities, social sciences and economics. The "Frankfurter Schule" – founded by philosophers such as Adorno, Horkheimer or Marcuse – is definitely worth mentioning. After the war it opened up entirely new dimensions in philosophical science and to this day has not lost any of its revolutionary topicality.
The field of "life sciences" also boasts two extraordinary research institutions – the Biocenter and Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt – which promote exchange between pharmaceutics, biochemistry, physics and biology. The Frankfurt-based Biotechnology Innovation Center (Frankfurter Innovationszentrum für Biotechnologie, FIZ) is extremely important for biotechnology companies as it supports cooperation between business and science.
The University of Kassel sets standards throughout the country for application-oriented research, especially in its engineering and natural science courses. Kassel focuses on programs in sustainability as well as renewable energies and the university cooperates with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technologies in the city. Scientific findings from the universities are transformed straight into new developments for practical application, especially by medium-sized companies.
Last but not least, Darmstadt is home to one of Germany's best technical universities. TU Darmstadt forges close and practically-oriented links between research and natural, technical and engineering sciences. The excellent standards maintained by the university in Darmstadt are supported by the world-class research facilities that are also based in the town – especially the three Fraunhofer Institutes for Structural Durability, Graphic Data Processing and Secure Information Technology, as well as the European Organization for Meteorological Satellites - EUMETSAT, and ESOC - the European Space Operations Center.
The universities of applied sciences all conduct application-oriented research and cooperate with the universities and other research institutions in projects. Their close ties to business and industry provides unique opportunities to support students I fulfilling ever evolving professional demands
Hessen has much more to offer than just business! Hessen offers pure zest for life and a superb quality of life: Warm-hearted people, idyllic nature, romantic villages, traditional folk festivals, a plethora of culture, historic vineyards, recuperative spas and many other ways of experiencing, discovering, enjoying and relaxing. In other words: You may come to Hessen to work. But you stay to enjoy life!
Hessen is fascinating - in every respect, anywhere, any time. Below is a brief insight into the lovely and lovable sides of Hessen - from its geographic advantages to its cultural highlights and culinary peculiarities.
Living in Hessen's towns offers quality of life at its best. Each town is characterized by its own individual charm: Sophisticated Wiesbaden or baroque Fulda, historic Marburg or artistic Kassel, the University town of Giessen and Wetzlar – the city of precision engineering, the cathedral city of Limburg or Darmstadt – the center of art nouveau, Russelsheim - the automotive powerhouse, Offenbach - the leather town, Hanau - the goldsmiths' town, and last but not least, cosmopolitan Frankfurt, the largest of Hessen's towns and cities. Frankfurt is the cultural melting pot, representing all of the characteristics that make Hessen a great place to live and love, where nations, languages and life philosophies all wonderfully blend into one.
It's really easy to feel at home in Hessen. Whether you prefer to live in an apartment in town, in a house built around the turn of the last century, or a small house in a quiet suburb - Hessen offers a wide range of choices. The locals are famous for their hospitality and make it easy for newcomers to get to know their neighbors and find their place in the community.
A further reason for the quality of life in Hessen's towns: The countryside is just a stone's throw away. Less than a quarter of an hour after leaving Frankfurt to the north west, you can breathe the famous air in the Taunus Mountains. Its peaks stretch to Wiesbaden, past the historic spa and health resorts. Wiesbaden marks the gateway to the Rheingau - an area stretching along the banks of the River Rhine that is extremely popular among both history and wine enthusiasts.
Johannisberg Castle and Eberbach Monastery are just two prominent examples of the sightseeing attractions and charms of this region. Continuing down the Rhine, we come to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley: This UNESCO world cultural heritage site showcases many vineyards and 40 medieval castles, superbly connected by excellent hiking routes. And while we are on the subject of nature: More than 40 percent of Hessen is covered with forests, making it the greenest region in Germany. Hessen is also home to many of the best known and most beautiful low mountain ranges - such as the Odenwald, Vogelsberg, Taunus, Spessart, or Rhön, and the Kellerwald National Park - thus providing an enormous range of opportunities for healthy recreation, athletic challenges and cultural journeys of discovery.
To visit Hessen and to settle here – is a bit like coming home. Almost everyone who moves to Hessen discovers a little piece of home - a thriving community of fellow countrymen.
People from more than 195 countries feel at home in Hessen and make the state economically, socially and culturally a multifaceted center of exchange and cooperation. Whether due to its economic significance or its excellent international infrastructure, whether due to the world's largest commodity futures exchange or the world-renowned trade fairs – for many countries and companies, Hessen is an attractive gateway to Germany and Europe.
Many of the people living in Hessen today are no original or "dyed-in-the-wool" Hessians and therefore they know exactly how it feels to be the newcomer. The integration of other nations has been a tradition for centuries. Over the course of Hessen's history, many merchants promoted an awareness of the wider world among the local Hessians. Thus, the character of Hessen has long been marked by welcoming others with open arms, helpfulness and tolerance.
Today, in the 21st century, all indications point toward Hessen being designated as "Germany's most international economic region". The financial and trading center of Frankfurt is proof of Hessen's global business connections. More than 300 banks from more than 50 countries are represented in Europe's leading financial center. This is where global finance is operated by the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) and the European Central Bank . And the Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) ensures that the Frankfurt area ranks among the leading trading centers in the world.
Frankfurt ranks among the very best European cities as a center of trade. With 53 trade fairs attracting up to 2.5 million visitors each year, the Messe Frankfurt is the continent's oldest and largest trade fair location. The global importance of Frankfurt as a trade fair location is highlighted by internationally renowned trade fairs, such as the International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, IAA), the Frankfurt Book Fair and the consumer goods fairs Tendence and Ambiente. Each year over two thirds of the more than 40,000 exhibitors travel here from around the world.
Its many international connections make Hessen the most attractive choice for foreign investments in Germany. About one quarter of all direct foreign investments go to Hessen. Major international corporations, such as ABB, Amazon, Bombardier, Braun-Gilette, Canon, Dunlop, Ferrero, General Motors, Haier Electronics, Motorola, Nikon, Procter & Gamble, Sanofi or Samsung serve the German and European markets from bases in Hessen.
This means that foreign employees and their families find numerous shops and restaurants offering national favorites; and, above all, an outstanding selection of international educational facilities in addition to their own communities, some of which – such as the American, Korean and Chinese communities - are the largest in Germany. In Frankfurt alone, there are three renowned schools to choose from: FIS (Frankfurt International School) – Europe's second largest international school, ISF (International School Frankfurt) and EFSI – the European School.