Philipps-Universität Marburg

Area of Study Biomedicine, Biology, Business, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Law, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Science
Course Language(s) English, German
Average Credit Load 30 ECTS
Semester dates Fall August - December
Spring February - June

About the University

Philipps-Universität is not only a German university steeped in tradition, it is also the oldest university in the world, founded as a Protestant institution in 1527. It has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries. Nowadays there are nearly 25,700 students studying in Marburg; 12 percent from all over the world. If you are interested in studying at Philipps-Universität the information you require is available under Student Life. If you are a visiting academic, you will find information under International.


Marburg, Hessen, Germany

Marburg is a German town north of Frankfurt. It’s home to Philipps University, founded in 1527. The Alstadt, or old town, includes half-timbered houses and the hilltop Landgrafenschloss, a castle with exhibits on sacred art and regional history. Bars and cafes line Marktplatz square and the narrow streets surrounding it. The 13th-century, Gothic-style St. Elizabeth’s Church holds a shrine with the saint’s remains.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on English taught courses go to Uni Marburg website.


The Studentenwerk Marburg offers about 2100 places of residence in larger and smaller student residences. The residences are, like the university and its institutes, distributed all over Marburg. Due to good bus connections, there is never a problem in reaching one’s destination.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one month including on-campus accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, text books and supplies and spending is estimated at EUR 580-690, plus EUR 270-275 semester fee and EUR 150-200 student residence permit.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Australian citizens can travel to Germany without a visa and apply for a student residence permit within the first 90 days after arrival. We will help you fill in the document for this application during our orientation week. For a list of the necessary application documents, download the Orientation for International Students brochure (update: the proof of sufficient financial funds for the residence permit is currently at EUR 720/month, the update for the brochure is pending).

Other information

In Germany, every student is obliged to have health insurance. Please note that the Philipps-Universität will ask you to present a written proof which states that you are insured. Without this proof, you will not be accepted for enrolment.

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