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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Study Abroad Program
Martin Luther Universität
Country: Germany
Location: Halle-Wittenberg
Language: German
Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: Most subjects See Academic Program section
Length: Academic year or semester
Cost: MSU Tuition plus room and board in host country
Deadline: March 1 for following fall semester and academic year October 1 for following spring semester and academic year.


Program Overview

Martin Luther Universität was founded when the University of Wittenberg (founded in 1502) and the University of Halle (founded in 1694) were joined in 1817. Martin Luther received a Doctor of Theology degree at Wittenberg in 1511 and was a professor at the university until the late 1500's. Throughout the 16 and 1700's the University continued to attract some of the greatest minds in Europe, including Christian Thomasius and Christian Wolff, making Halle the center of the Early Enlightenment period. Today Martin Luther Universität includes 19 departments, seven interdisciplinary research centers, and several museums. The university offers more than 80 major subjects and has an enrollment of 13,000 students. Additionally, Halle is truly blessed with a rich variety of performing arts venues ranging from the Puppet Theater to the Opera to the movie theaters of various sizes scattered throughout the city

Academic Program

The four main areas of study at Martin Luther Universität--social sciences and the arts, natural sciences, engineering sciences and medicine, are subdivided into a broad range of academic disciplines, including: Theology, law, economics, medicine, agriculture, education, history, philosophy, sociology, art, linguistics, literature, modern languages, music, physical education, biochemistry/biotechnology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics and information technology, pharmacology, and physics. For more information, please visit the university homepage

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in German. Two years of college-level German or equivalent proficiency is required.


Students who have completed one full academic year of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies at the Martin Luther Universität are eligible. Two years of college-level German or equivalent proficiency is required.


Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at the Martin Luther Universität. The student's academic advisor at MSU and the MSU Registrar, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Students are urged to work closely with these offices prior to departure to plan a course of studies that will maintain steady progress toward their degree.


The city of Halle is over 1,000 years old and one of the oldest cities in central Germany. It is a city of around 300,000 and is centrally located to major North-South and East-West connections via highways and trains. Berlin is also located about 45 minutes away. Halle is a perfect place for lovers of music, theater, art, and architecture. The city was the former home of Georg Frideric Handel, the classical music composer. Located on the banks of the river Saale, Halle offers a large variety of recreational opportunities on the river and two islands, and in its parks, forests, botanical garden, and mountain zoo. One can also visit two scenic fortresses on or near the Saale river. The Laternenfest is a city-wide festival at the end of August that mainly takes place on the Peissnitz island park in the middle of the city. The festival includes entertaining local and national bands, traditional German cuisine, and Middle-age style crafts and activity booths.

Cost and Included Benefits

Students who receive an exchange placement at Martin Luther Universität will pay tuition at MSU in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman. Each student will be responsible for his/her own room and board in Germany as well as trans-atlantic travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate. There are several scholarships available for studying abroad in Germany.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for study abroad at Martin Luther Universität. Additional costs for study at the Martin Luther Universität (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.


Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall. Non-MSU students may contact Anna Greenberg(, to request application information.


Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 for the following spring semester and March 1 for the following fall semester and academic year.


Additional Information

For more information about studying at Martin Luther Universität, contact:

Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Phone: 994-7151

To speak with an MSU Professor who has visited Martin Luther Universität, contact:

Dr. Michael Myers
Dept of Modern Languages
Reid 328
Phone: 994-6448

For information from Martin Luther Universität contact:

Marjorie Willey
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Dachritzstrasse 12
06099 Halle (Saale)
Fax: 49 345 552 7055

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