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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

 

The University of Hannover is mainly based in the Welfen Castle, located right in the middle of the famous royal gardens of Herrenhausen. While only 64 pupils first attended the original Vocational School, founded in 1831, the university now has around 27,000 students, 4,000 of which are international students. Over 2,000 academics and scientists work at the university in nine faculties with over 160 departments and institutes. 

This diversity of academic and scientific disciplines combined with high-quality research and excellent study conditions make Hannover University an attractive study destination. Facilities include libraries (the “TIB” technical library is the largest and best in Germany), service center, student association, research centers such as the laser lab, the center for water-waves experiments, the production engineering center, a computer center, a sports center and a language center. 

Another member of the TU-9 schools of Excellence in Germany, TU Hannover offers unique courses in landscape architecture and horticulture, as well as business, economics, literature, and language, with a selection of courses every semester in English. Hannover has a reputation for being a “green metropolis” and for being the city where the “highest” German is spoken. Additionally, the city offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreational activities and is centrally located for travel on Germany’s excellent public transport system.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about LUH here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Hannover, Germany

Languages of Instruction

German - 3-4 semesters of German required IF taking courses in German language.

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Early October to mid-February

Spring 2019: Early April to mid-July

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirements: 2 semesters of German is recommended. 3-4 semesters of German is required to follow courses conducted in German. 
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in the application, even if native speaker if you plan on taking courses in German.

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good. 

Location

Hannover is located at the junction of all essential transportation networks in Germany and is the cultural and economic center of the German state of Lower Saxony. Hannover is the heart of a region of about 1.2 million people and is surrounded by numerous lakes, forests, and hills. The Harz Mountains are about 80 km to the south, and the famous “Luneburger Heide” is in the north. 

The city itself offers numerous parks and idyllic gardens, which have helped to spread the city’s reputation for being a “green metropolis” - among them are the famous royal gardens in Herrenahusen. Today’s city shows an attractive mixture of historic buildings and modern architecture.

The old city center and the modern shopping areas are surrounded by attractive living districts of the 19th-century architecture. Hannover occupies the leading position in the international trade fair business: five of the ten biggest exhibitions in the world take place in Hannover. The flagship is CeBIT, which is the world’s largest fair in the fields of communication, information, and telecommunications. In 2000, the city hosted the World Exposition EXPO 2000, which attracted participants and visitors from all over the world.

Academics

The University of Hannover is a member of the “TU9 - German Institutes of Technology”, a group which includes nine technical universities of excellent standing. 

It is preferred that ISEP students have at least junior year standing. Students should only select courses from within their target field of study at their home university during their semester abroad in Hannover. Applicants with multiple fields of study on a course request list will not be accepted. 

Fields of Study

  • Business:

    Accounting,  Actuarial Science,  Business Communications,  Business Management,  Business Statistics,  E-Commerce,  Economics,  Entrepreneurship,  Finance,  Human Resources Management,  Insurance,  International Business/Trade/Commerce,  Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management,  Management Information Systems,  Marketing,  Organizational Leadership

  • Engineering:

    Aeronautical Engineering,  Automotive Engineering Technology,  Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering,  Ceramic Sciences and Engineering,  Chemical Engineering,  Civil Engineering,  Computer Engineering,  Computer Software Engineering,  Drafting and Design Technology,  Electrical and Electronics Engineering,  Geological/Geophysical Engineering,  Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology,  Industrial Engineering,  Manufacturing Engineering,  Mechanical Engineering,  Metallurgical Engineering,  Nanotechnology,  Nuclear Engineering Technology,  Polymer/Plastics Engineering,  Robotics, and Automation Engineering,  Surveying Engineering,  Systems Engineering,  Transportation Engineering,  Water Resources Engineering

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,  Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology,  Botany/Plant Biology,  Genetics,  Microbiology and Immunology,  Oncology and Cancer Biology,  Plant Physiology

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence,  Computer and IT Support Services,  Computer Applications Programming,  Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications,  Informatics,  Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States),  English Literature (British and Commonwealth),  General Literature,  Professional/Technical Writing,  Writing

  • Architecture:

    Environmental Design/Architecture,  Landscape Architecture

  • Sports Studies

    Sports Studies

  • History:

    European History,  History, Other,  Holocaust and Related Studies,  Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law,  Legal Studies

  • Mathematics: Recommended!

    Statistics,  Topology, and Foundations

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy,  Religious Studies,  Theological Studies

  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

    Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology,  Chemistry,  Geology/Earth Science,  Optics,  Physics,  Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Social Sciences:

    Geography,  Political Science, and Government,  Sociology

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

For the courses at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Teaching at the universities includes lectures and seminars. Vorlesungen (lectures) will, as a rule, take up the full amount of time designated, and the number of students is not limited. Discussion and questions concerning the lecture take place during the accompanying Übungen, small discussion groups. The Übungen usually feature homework assignments, research and the writing of papers.

The Seminar, dedicated to small-group learning, is headed by a professor. It covers a subject area in more detail and requires that each student contributes, by way of an oral presentation on a specific topic. Students are encouraged to participate intensively in two to four seminars per semester. Proseminar makes up the Grundstudium (first few terms of study) until successful completion of the intermediate exam, after which Hauptseminare are taken to finish the course of study. Proseminare may also be taken in the Hauptstudium.

A common practice is the akademische Viertel. Classes are scheduled on the hour but do not actually begin until 15 minutes past. This is signified by a “c.t.” (cum tempore) after the listed time of a meeting. If this practice does not apply to a particular meeting, an “s.t.” (sine tempore) will appear after the posted time. Check with other students before assuming that the Akademi Sche Viertel is practiced by individual instructors.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Coursework

Independent, self-directed study is heavily emphasized at German universities. There are usually no definite assignments of a certain number of pages to read in textbooks. German students are expected to do independent primary and secondary reading during the course of their studies. Independent study is a crucial element of the academic freedom of a German institution and is designed to encourage self-motivation and promote interesting discussion, since not everyone has read the same material. While less demanding on a daily basis than study at a U.S. institution, independent study may ultimately be more rigorous in its demands.


Grades

Assessment is based on oral and written reports in seminars for which the student receives a Schein, or certificate (a grade can be requested). A certain number of Scheine are required in order to take the intermediate exam. The state exam, for which the student receives a grade, assesses the quality of his or her entire course of study. Grades are given on a five-point scale: 1, very good, to 5, unsatisfactory or failing. However, by introducing the ECTS credit system, the German „Schein“ is becoming less common.  Students must earn 30 ECTS credits to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Summer Internships available on ISEP-Exchange in Science and Engineering fields.

Student Life

The University of Hannover is mainly based in the Welfen Castle, located right in the middle of the famous royal gardens of Herrenhausen. While only 64 pupils first attended the original Vocational School, founded in 1831, the university now has around 25,000 students, 4,000 of which are international students. Over 2,000 academics and scientists work at the university in 9 faculties with over 160 departments and institutes. 

This diversity of academic and scientific disciplines combined with high-quality research and excellent study conditions make Hannover University an attractive study destination. Facilities include libraries (the “TIB” technical library is among the largest and best in German), research centers such as the laser lab, the center for water-waves experiments, the production engineering center, a computer center, a sports center, and a language center. 
<br.Useful links:

http://www.uni-hannover.de/de/universitaet/organisation/servicecenter
www.studentenwerk-hannover.de
www.uni-hannover.de/de/service/sport/index.php
www.rrzn.uni-hannover.de 

 

ORIENTATION

Semester and Full Year: Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English. 

A one week (in general first week of October/April) orientation provides an introduction to the city of Hannover and the surrounding region, an introduction to the University of Hannover, general information, and assistance in administrative matters. Application forms will be sent to students once admitted. Some faculties of study offer an additional, faculty-specific orientation as well. 
Click here for a sample orientation guide.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Leibniz Universität Hannover has numerous student groups from A to Z.The international group “ISAH” gives assistance and advice to international students:http://www.isahannover.de/.

Germany Country Handbook

 

Housing and Meals

ISEP Exchange Semester and Full Year: In most cases, ISEP students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in one of our student residences or alternatively in a single-occupancy room in an apartment shared with other students. A stipend will be provided to cover the cost of housing fees. A stipend will also be provided for meals, which can be used in cafeterias, restaurants, or shops. Married students can be accommodated with sufficient advanced notice.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100 

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512 

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

($100 is non-refundable; $325 is refundable ONLY if ISEP is not able to place you in any program)

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $400 

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,540 

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $4,075

Total

 

 $31,587

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.