Germany (BVMD) - Marburg
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
73000
26500
upon request
it varies and depends on our disposability but usually, May - July, November - February
6 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
boarding money
We will organize a place for you. You will be staying either with another student or in a students apartment/own flat.
none
contact: bvmd-marburg@gmx.de
LEOs
Marburg LEO
OVERVIEW
Marburg is a university town in the German federal state of Hessen, capital of the Marburg-Biedenkopf district. The town area spreads along the valley of the river Lahn and has a population of approximately 73,000.
Having been awarded town privileges in 1222, Marburg served as capital of the landgraviate of Hessen-Marburg during periods of the 15th to 17th centuries. The University of Marburg was founded in 1527 and dominates the public life in the town to this day.
Marburg is located about 100 km north of Frankfurt and it is kind of in the middle of Germany. It is built around the river Lahn. On one side of the river on a hill is the famous castle with the Old Town called "Oberstadt" where you can see lots of "Fachwerkhäuser" (half-timbered houses) and on the other side on a hill is the hospital.
There are a lot of students in Marburg and a saying goes "Other towns have a university, Marburg is a university". It reflects the unique historic atmosphere. Wherever you are in the town, you are part of a vibrant academic community.
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
Landgrave Philipp founded the university in 1527 as the first Protestant university in the world. It started with four subjects: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. Today it has 17 departments that offer a wide range of subjects in the natural sciences and liberal arts. Numerous famous people studied or taught in Marburg. Internationalisation has always been a matter of course. Currently more than 12% of the student population are foreign nationals.
Philipps-Universität is not only a German university steeped in tradition, it is also the oldest university in the world that was founded as a Protestant institution in 1527. Nowadays there are nearly 26,500 students studying in Marburg - 12 percent from all over the world.

The hospital is located on a hill called the "Lahnberge". The medical students have most of their studies up there   and there is a skills lab, a library and a cafeteria for the students.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
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BOARDING
we provide boarding money
LODGING
upon request
TRANSPORTATION
The closest airport  is the international airport in Frankfurt am Main. There are trains every half hour to Marburg which take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 
In Marburg you can reach everything with the bus. We will provide a bus ticket for a month for you!
There is the Line 7 which goes in a circle round the whole town and you will get to the hospital with this line 7 and also with Line 9.
Check out: www.rmv.de
For trains: www.bahn.de

SOCIAL PROGRAM
In the summer we usually do a barbecue on the Lahn with other students! We also do boat tours together! 

We also do an intenational dinner party where everyone prepares a national dish and we talk about the differnt cultures.


MUST SEE
Even if it is a small town, there is lots to see!

The biggest tourist attraction is the castle of the landgrave, which is Germany’s largest preserved secular gothic building and which houses the university museum of cultural history. The founding residence of the Landgraves of Hesse was built as a crown in the landscape; a fort on a spur, the so­called “Gisonen” rocks above the town. The castle was first begun around 1000 a.d. mak­ing it one of the earliest high forts in Germany and was influential in the future development of Marburg. The Landgrave‘s castle, princely residence and fort. Gothic and late gothic with renaissance ad­ditions it is a unique building with a multi­facetted history. In summer in addition to the beautiful “Schlosspark“, a wonderful rose garden there are events such as the “Three Days Marburg“ culture festival and for the evenings an open­air cinema is a magnet both for residents and visitors. There are castle tours.

The Elisabeth church is the earli­ est pure gothic hall church with a triple­apse choir and was completed in less than 50 years from 1235 to 1283 as the Marian church of the „Deutsche Ritter (=Knights) Orden“. Later the Landgraves of Hesse were buried over the tomb of the Holy Elisabeth of Thuringia. The building is not only impressive – it is also in the history of architec­ ture of great interest. Today this building is a protestant parish church and a magnificent monument to sacred archi­ tectural art which attracts many tens oft housands of visitors each year and there are guided tours.
 
Historic Old Town: Fascinating narrow lanes, crooked steps, superbly restored half­ timbered houses and venerable old churches. The old town of Marburg invites you to wander and to spend a little time to ap­preciate its own special charm. Everywhere you are confronted with clues and evidences which document the lives of the great who lived here. Such figures as the Brothers Grimm, Martin Luther and the Nobel prize winner Emil von Behring all left their mark. On the central market-place is the late gothic town hall from the early 16th century which is today just as it always was, the centre of a pulsating civic life. For over 400 years one could see and hear every full hour the same amusing spectacle. From the renaissance gable on the roof of the town hall an old cockerel flaps his (somewhat lame!) wings to the accompaniment of harsh, tinny trumpet blasts.
The market-place is the heart of Marburg's old town. In the center is a fountain dedicated to St. Georg, a popular meeting place for students. To the south is the old town hall and the path leading north winds its way up to the palace overlooking the town.
In the Old Town ("Oberstadt") you can go shopping and there also a lot of bars and diners where you can get the Marburg´s popular dish the "Auflauf"!

The old as well as the new botanical gardens are attractive - and not only in the summer time - with its tropical green houses and botanic exhibitions.

The river Lahn is great for boats tours!

Close to the hospital there is the "Spiegelslust Turm", a tower from where you can see over the whole town. There is a saying that medical students are not allowed to go up there before having passed their first big exam after two years of medical school otherwise it would bring bad luck for the exam!  

With the train you can actually reach almost every city in Germany and especiall the university towns Gießen and Frankfurt are very close!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
You will get a "U-card" with which you can eat in the students cafeteria and borrow books from the library.
We will provide a cell phone with a german telephone card for you to stay in contact with us.

Have you heard of the Marburg Virus???
The city's name is also connected to a filovirus, the Marburg virus, which was first noticed and described during an outbreak in the city. Workers were accidentally exposed to infected Green Monkey tissue at the city's former industrial plant (1967), the Behring-Werke, then part of Hoechst and today of CSL Behring, founded by Marburg citizen and first Nobel Prize in Medicine winner, Emil Adolf von Behring. During the outbreak, 31 people became infected and seven of them died. "Marburg virus" is named after the city per the custom of naming viruses after the location of their first recorded outbreak

More information about Marburg:
www.marburg.de 
http://www.uni-marburg.de/index_html-en?set_language=en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marburg.