exchange places available: 3 per year
semester dates: August - December (fall semester)
tuition fees: are waived for exchange students who have been nominated by the English Department;
other exchange students from Rheinland-Pfalz are eligible for in-state tuition due to the sister-state agreement between South Carolina and Rheinland-Pfalz
exchange coordinator @Landau campus: Dr. Monika Reif
About FMU & Florence
Francis Marion University (FMU) is located near Florence, the largest city in the “Pee Dee” region of South Carolina, USA.
It is named in honour of the American Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion.
FMU offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong focus on liberal arts education.
The College of Liberal Arts comprises the departments of English, Modern Languages, Mass Communication, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Fine Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering. The School of Education offers courses targeted at future teachers (elementary, middle and secondary level). Students from Landau University are free to attend any classes except classes linked to the School of Health Sciences.
The average class size at FMU is 20, affording students personalized attention from faculty and staff.
The FMU Writing Center is available to assist all students, including exchange students, to improve their writing abilities and acquire the skills needed to succeed at writing tasks in academic contexts.
Student accommodation is available on campus. Six residence halls and several village apartments provide different types of housing options for students. Exchange students are guaranteed a room on campus. To explore the various housing options at FMU, please check out:
You certainly won't starve at FMU! Depending on your personal dining preferences, you can choose one of various meal plans:
During their stay at FMU, students are encouraged to engage in cultural activities such as plays, concerts and arts exhibits.
In 2011, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) opened in the city of Florence, offering regular events such as rock/pop concerts, piano recitals and musicals:
If you're interested in theatrical entertainment, you should visit the Florence Little Theater:
The Florence County Museum reflects the region’s rich artistic, cultural and historic heritage and includes - next to many historical artefacts - works by the celebrated 20th century African-American artist and Florence-native William H. Johnson
Francis Marion University has an outstanding athletic program with various sports options including baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and cross country, to name just a few. For more information see:
The University’s school colors are red, white, and blue, and the mascot is a patriot.
How to apply
Applications (attached to your mail as one pdf file) should include
(i) a cover sheet (download here),
(ii) a CV (Lebenslauf) in English or German with a passport photograph,
(iii) a letter of motivation in English explaining why you are applying for this particular university and which courses you are intending to take during your semester abroad (approx. one page), and
(iv) a printout of your academic transcript (Bescheinigung über bisher erbrachte Studienleistungen in allen Fächern) from KLIPS.
The application deadline (usually mid-January) will be announced at our international evening in December, where all the exchange programmes are introduced and options for funding are presented.