Justus Liebig University Giessen: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships
Justus Liebig University, also known as Giessen University, is one of the oldest and the second-largest University located in German-speaking parts of Europe. The University celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2007. Being founded in 1607, the University nurtures around 28,000 students (as of winter semester 2017-18) under more than 90 courses of study, offering its students a broad range of subjects to choose from.
Out of its total student’s population, around 2,300 students are international students, making it a multicultural hub of higher education in Germany. The university is also successful in the framework of the excellence initiative since 2006 and the most successful Hessian university in the framework of the excellence strategy 2018. JLU had also been awarded the European quality label for Excellency within the Erasmus + programme.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting April 20, 2020 until the end of the summer semester, no classroom classes will be offered by JLU. The International Office of JLU Giessen will offer many German language courses online for those preparing for DSH and TestDaF.
|Third party Funds||110 million EUR per year|
|Average Cost of living||680 EUR per month (Approx.)|
|Mode of program||Full-time; part-time; online|
|Accommodation capacity||2,557 rooms in 10 residence halls|
|Admission Helpdesk||+49 (0)641 / 99 16 400|
- The university possesses 11 faculties and 6 research centers with an exceptionally diverse campus.
- Justus Liebig University’s campus includes well-furnished classrooms, internet facilities, computer labs, libraries, IT service centers, etc.
- The university provides its students a wide choice of easily affordable one-day trips as well as overnight tours through Excursions.
- The students studying under Giessen University have opportunities to choose from a wide variety of student organizations and societies such as various sports teams under University’s Sports Association (AHS), university’s General Student Committee (ASTA), University’s full-size symphony orchestra, etc.
- The city Giessen has the highest ratio of students all over Germany, making it a hotspot of various student-friendly activities.
- Besides, the university achieved around 80% student satisfaction according to its student survey.
- Student services in Giessen also provide advisory services to specially-abled students.
- The university provides its students accommodation facilities in its 10 residence halls having a total of 2,557 rooms.
- All the students who are accepted and who wish to live in University’s residence halls must apply online at www.uni-giessen.de/cms/acc in order to secure a seat in the halls.
- Students can arrange for their meals through one of Refectories and cafeterias being run by Student services, which generally cost between 1.50 EUR to 6.40 EUR.
- The application deadlines to book a room are given below:
- Winter semester: 15 July
- Summer semester: 15 January
- Apart from residence halls, students can also look for private accommodation while studying in Germany.
- These are available in the surrounding areas of the campus in Giessen.
- The university awards a broad range of international Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs as well as State Examinations with an extraordinary broad range of unique subjects to choose from.
- The most popular courses at JLU include degrees in the fields of Law, Business & Economics, Psychology & Sports sciences, Mathematics & Computer Sciences, Biology & Chemistry, etc.
- The University has a distinct profile of research in Cultural studies and Life Sciences.
- The university also offers various summer programs to enhance practical skills of its students.
- Applicants can apply online for admission at Justus Liebig University through its portal.
- Required documents:
- Application for university admission
- an officially certified copy of your school-leaving certificate
- For Master’s programs: an officially certified copy of your Transcript of Records and Bachelor’s certificate
- Possibly, a foundation course if the school-leaving certificate does not grant direct admission to the university.
- Evidence of German skills
- Evidence of skills in other languages (depending on the study program)
- Copy of passport
- Uni-assist fee
- Health Insurance
Note: All applications with non-German Transcripts of Records must be submitted through uni-assist, a central processing service for applications to German universities from international students.
- If the applicant qualifies for direct admission, one must submit their application at least three months before the course begins as the last application date for the winter semester is 15 July and for the summer semester 15 January.
Cost of Attendance
- The university does not charge any tuition fees from its students as a rule. The students are only required to pay a semester contribution which covers the cost of Student body and student services as well as unlimited public transport.
- The various estimated cost of necessities are given below:
|Average cost of living||680 EUR/month|
|Average rent||300 EUR/month|
|Health insurance cost||80 EUR/month|
|Study materials||100 EUR|
|Semester contribution||270 EUR/semester|
- In addition to the above expenses, one must also consider food and beverage expenses, a telephone/internet connection (unless it is included in your rent), clothing, insurance and leisure activities which depend on the individual to individual.
Financial aid for International students
- The university offers various kinds of scholarships to its students in order to finance their studies irrespective of their parents’ income.
- Other than these, international students are suggested to seek funds to study in Germany from their home country.
- The criteria to receive the scholarship and awards are excellent academic achievement, special (social) commitment and personal success.
- Applicants in order to receive the scholarship are required to apply online from July 1 to August 31 every year.
- Those candidates who qualify for scholarship get a scholarship of 300 EUR per month, half of which is donated by private sponsors and the other half by German Federal Government.
- The university has a lot of its ex-students under the spotlight.
- Among them are the journalist Carl Ludwig Börne, the physician Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold, the famous author and revolutionary Georg Büchner, the politician Wilhelm Liebknecht, the zoologist Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, the jurist Erwin Stein and the veterinary surgeon Wangari Maathai.
- The university provides theoretical knowledge backed with practical knowledge in order to enhance career opportunities of its students.
- Students need to participate in work placement training in order to get in hand knowledge of practical problems and strategic decisions one needs to make while working.
- Students are also allowed to accept jobs at the university.
- The staff at the International Office or the university team at the Employment Agency are always there to provide assistance to the students about career opportunities and options.
- Moreover, Job offers can be found at
- The Employment Agency in Giessen, www.arbeitsagentur.de
- Student Services
- the AStA
- In the free newspaper “Giessener Express Magazin” under “Jobs” (www.marbuch-verlag.de)
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