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UMD Exchange: University of Kassel (Germany)

Kassel, Germany
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Host Institution
Host institution
The University of Kassel is home to 18,000 students from 115 countries. The University is broken down into 13 faculties and 3 scientific centers. Kassel is known for its ground-breaking work in environmental engineering and it has an internationally recognized art school.

University of Kassel Scholarship: This special 1600 Euro scholarship is awarded by the University of Kassel once a year to an incoming exchange student from the University of Maryland. UMD Students who are accepted to the exchange are eligible for nomination by Education Abroad. UMD nominees must be studying at Kassel for either the full academic year or spring semester.

Host City
The University of Kassel is located in the city of Kassel, Germany, which is a wonderful combination of culture and nature with its extensive museums, sports, mountainous scenery, parks and nature preserves. Kassel is home to approximately 200,000 people and looks back on a turbulent thousand-year history.  Kassel is also the city of the Brothers Grimm, collectors of fairy tales and authors of the first dictionary of the German language.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • It is recommend that students have completed GERM204 before participating in the exchange. 
  • LING and GERM are given preference, but all majors can apply.

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

UMD exchange students studying at the Kassel University should be prepared to take Linguistics and other classes in the Humanities and Cultural Studies program. German language courses are also available at different proficiency levels.

Most courses are taught in German; however, some English taught courses are offered in Linguistics and English & American Studies.

Instructions for searching for courses in English or German at Kassel are on the university website. 


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at the University of Kassel will be converted as follows:

University of Kassel Credit UMD Credit
1 ECTS credit x .5 1 UMD credit
6 ECTS credit x .5 3 UMD credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on July 9, 2015.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

University of Kassel Grade UMD Grade
4 or ECTS - D C -


On campus accommodations are not available, but a large network of off campus/private accommodations is available through The Student Werk center. The International House, a hostel very close to campus, is the most popular housing selection for exchange students. More information can be found on the Kassel website


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017