State of Baden-Württemberg
The University of Massachusetts and the universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg have a 40-year history of providing opportunities for student and faculty exchange and collaborative research. Baden-Württemberg has a strong tradition of teaching and research with six of the nine Baden-Württemberg universities recently given the "excellence" ranking in one or more categories in the latest round of the nation-wide evaluation known as the "Excellence Initiative". This is more universities than any other German state to hold this ranking, making it a popular destination for students who wish to study on exchange in Baden-Württemberg.
State of Hessen
In 2004, the University of Massachusetts and
Germany's Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the
Arts signed a memorandum of understanding to create a framework for
student exchange, to encourage faculty and administrative contacts and
promote the mutual discovery of knowledge. Students from all five
campuses take advantage of the popular Hessen International Summer Universities program.
These four-week courses are held at five universities throughout Hessen and
are designed for students who want to learn more about the German and
European dimension of their respective subjects. Classes are taught in
both German and English, giving students the opportunity to participate
based on their language abilities.