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GERMANY - May 2008

Marburg: Unique Historic Atmosphere and University

Located in the wooded Lahn River valley in the state of Hessen, Marburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany. Its many architectural gems include Germany's oldest Gothic church, the Elisabethkirche. On a hill high above, the city is dominated by the Landgrafenschloss, an imposing 13th-century stone castle. Formerly the home of Hessen's rulers, today it's a museum and a student residence. 

With a population of 80,000, Marburg offers the friendliness and convenience of a small city. But as a university town, Marburg also offers plenty of culture and a vibrant academic community.

European Union - the Challenges of Migrations

The academic program will be based at the office for Integration of Migrants in Stadtallendorf, a secret munitions center during World War II, now the home of large Turkish communities. Students will study German, enjoy home-stays with church-based families, and get a taste of life in a German university town. Lectures on the European Union, intercultural learning, and the challenges of integrating a growing immigrant population combined with short trips to Berlin, Freiburg, and Leipzig-Dresden will allow students to explore the multifaceted richness of German culture and what it means to negotiate being German, European, and global citizens in the 21st century.