Study Abroad


Hessen-Wisconsin Student Exchange Program

International Winter University

Hessen-Wisconsin applications must be received by October 1st!

The Hessen-Wisconsin Exchange is an initiative capitalizing on the long-standing sister state relationship between the State of Wisconsin and the State of Hessen. The goal is to increase student mobility and enhance mutual cooperation among higher education institutions. The participating institutions in urban and rural settings offer a wide variety of courses. These may include total immersion in German classes, courses in various disciplines taught in English, and language and culture programs for students with limited German language skills. Semester, academic year, Winter Intersession and summer programs are available. Internships are also available for qualified students.

The Justus Liebig University in Giessen and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee coordinates the exchange centrally. Each UW System School screens and selects their own students before sending their applications to UW-Milwaukee.

Hessen is located in central Germany, bordering the states of former East Germany. The landscape varies from the picturesque, medieval city of Marburg to the financial capital of modern Europe, Frankfurt am Main. The State of Hessen also includes the cities of Giessen, Kassel, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, and Fulda. In the heart of Germany, rail connections make it possible to explore many parts of Germany in just a few hours.

For a complete description of the courses offered during the winter term, visit the following website:

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (5 credits)
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • Housing (including two meals/day)
  • Local Transportation
  • Cultural Activities and Excursions (including a New Year’s Excursion to Berlin)
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (mandated by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.

Financial aid is applicable.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • The desire to experience the world and receive academic credit for doing it!

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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La Crosse, WI 54601 USA

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