Justus Liebig University Giessen


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Justus Liebig University Giessen (German: Justus Liebig Universität Giessen) is one of the top-ranking institutions within the framework of Germany’s “Excellence Initiative”. It is also among those German universities with the highest proportion of female students.

The city of Giessen and its surroundings offer a variety of activities – be it water-skiing on the many lakes in the vicinity, canoeing on the Lahn, sightseeing at the several castles in the region, visiting the nature reserves of nearby Vogelsberg and Wetterau, or checking out a museum in town. Giessen boasts the highest student density of all German towns and cities – a fact reflected in its cultural life.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Summer Semester April–July
Semester 2 Winter Semester October–March

View the JLU Giessen academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Justus Liebig University Giessen is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Find courses

Search the JLU Giessen course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Animal studies
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Environmental studies
Food science
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Political science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Students at JLU Giessen can choose to live on-campus in student residences or off-campus in private accommodation. Provided that your application is received by the appropriate deadline, a room in one of JLU's halls of residence will be reserved for you.

Cost of living

Justus Liebig University Giessen suggests to expect approximately 850 Euros per month plus a registration fee of around 270 Euros (includes student card, "semesterticket" for free public transport, and a contribution to the students’ union in order to profit from cheaper prices in student restaurants, halls of residence, etc). The (re)registration fee has to be paid at the beginning of each semester (details are indicated in the letter of acceptance. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may consult the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to find further information on scholarship possibilities.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

When you enrol at Justus Liebig University Giessen, you must produce proof that you hold a policy with a certified health insurance company.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

JLU Giessen provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the German Federal Foreign Office for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.