Philipps-University Marburg

Philipps-University Marburg

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The Philipps University of Marburg founded in 1527 by Philip I. Landgrave of Hesse is one of Germany's oldest universities and the oldest Protestant university in the world. Now a public university of the state of Hesse and without religious affiliation, the University has about 25,000 students of which about 12% are international, the highest percentage in Hesse. The University offers an International summer university programme and offers student exchanges via the Erasmus programme.

The University was ranked in the CWUR 2016, 340 in World Rank, and 30 in the National Rank. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranked the University 251-300th, and in The European Teaching Rankings 2018, 151-200th.



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The Philipps University of Marburg is located in Marburg Germany. The town and university are closely intermingled. Marburg is well known for its numerous examples of well-preserved gothic architecture dating as far back to the 1600s, one of such is the castle on the hill overlooking the town. Marburg is situated in the Hessen region, not far away from the glorious city of Frankfurt. Bars, cafes, supermarkets, and shopping malls line Marktplatz, the heart of Marburg, and the narrow streets surrounding it. Utilities required for everyday life can be found nearby. At the center of Marktplatz is a fountain dedicated to St. Georg, which has become a popular meeting place for students. Marburg has a lively atmosphere, good nightlife, and countless cafés, beer gardens and cultural events.


The university has facilities around  Marburg. The University has numerous specialist research centers an example is the Centre for Gender Studies and Feminist Futurology. The Lahnberge Campus is exclusively for the natural sciences, although the University Hospital and Department for Medical Studies are also located there. The Central Lecture Hall Building, built to cater for the increased number of student, is well equipped with modern day learning facilities. The University has many other facilities and infrastructures to make learning productive, valuable and enjoyable, such as the administrative headquarters, the University Library, the University's cafeterias, and canteens, the old and new botanical gardens, the Museum of Mineralogy, the Museum of Arts and many others.

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Philipps University Marburg has guesthouses for visiting researchers. The university housing services provide dorms which are situated outside the center and can be reached by local bus. Students will be provided with a bus pass on arrival. All dorm rooms are furnished, but students would need to bring their own towels and toiletries. Kitchen space, laundry rooms, and showers are also shared. A few apartments with private shower and kitchen may be available, but interest should be indicated prior to arrival. The number of rooms is limited, thus housing is available on a first-come, first served basis and it is not possible to switch rooms after checking in. Students may choose to find private housing in Marburg that best suit their requirements.


Philipps University has a Faculty to student ratio of 1:10. The university has a total of 2,657 Academic staff, including highly trained professionals, professors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and many others. With the total number of Students being 26,726 and Administrative staff of 1,794, the number of students per staff is 35.7 as stated in the Times Higher Education 2019

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In the CWUR 2016 Alumni Employment Ranking, Philipps University was ranked 594+. This means that graduates of The University had high chances of securing Jobs.

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