Hessen Student Exchange Program
The Hessen-Wisconsin Program was inaugurated in 1998 to expand the long-established cooperation between the two sister states through the exchange of students. The objectives of the Hessen-Wisconsin Program are to foster student exchange, encourage faculty and administrative staff contacts, and to promote the mutual discovery of knowledge. The exchange enhances international knowledge, cultural competencies, and linguistic skills among the peoples of the two sister states.
Beyond the student exchange aspects of the Hessen-Wisconsin Program, other international programs have been developed in Hessen to increase the variety of disciplines/topics that are available to Wisconsin students. Examples of these include the International Summer Universities (ISU) and the International Winter Universities (IWU) designed to meet short-term study abroad needs of students from the United States.
The Hessen-Wisconsin student exchange program is administered in Hessen by the University of Giessen under the auspices of the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education and the Arts. In Wisconsin it is administered by UW-Oshkosh. Each year during the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Conference, Hessen universities and UW universities’ representatives hold a joint business meeting to resolve pending issues and share ideas to improve the partnership.