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Language courses and short-term programs abroad

Not all students can afford to spend a semester or a whole year abroad, and a prolonged stay may not always fit everyone’s schedule either. Intensive language courses and summer and winter schools allow students to gain experience of living abroad and hone their international skills on a short-term academic program.

Intensive language courses

Intensive language courses are a kind of “crash course” in language learning. They last around three weeks, teach languages at various levels and are a good way to either learn a language from scratch or consolidate your existing knowledge. The language courses usually end with an examination, and you will be given a certificate or another form of proof showing the level you have achieved. Some courses also award credits. Please ask your department whether you can have these recognized at the University of Bonn.

Intensive language courses (apart from English) can be funded with a PROMOS scholarship. You can find the application criteria on the PROMOS scholarships website. The DAAD scholarship database (only available in German) lists scholarships for other specific language courses.

Summer and winter schools

Summer and winter schools are two- to four-week short-term academic programs for students. Completing the program earns you credits, which might be able to be recognized at the University of Bonn. You should clarify with your department in advance whether you can have your course recognized in this way.

We have put together a selection of courses below. If your chosen university is not listed, contact them directly to find out what is available.

The courses are subject to a fee. Some universities will give you a discount or offer to waive the fee. Please contact us before you apply.

Summer and winter schools can be funded with a PROMOS scholarship. You can find the application criteria on the PROMOS scholarships website.


Countries and courses

Below you will find an overview of courses that are currently open for applications. Please contact the organizers directly if you have any questions about applying or how your stay will be organized.

Note that we primarily include courses offered by partner universities on this page and are not allowed to recommend any commercial providers of language courses.

Countries and courses

Summer/ Winter Schools at VUB 2022

This summer the Vrije University of Brussels offers. The programme offers classes on European policiy making, biotechnology, and engineering. Participants can earn ECTS. The programs will take place on site.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the VUB University website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

CEBEX Summer School

In a nine day progamm CEBEX offers combined courses of different programms on the topic of beheavioral sciences. The courses have different levels of complexity, therefore, all students can choose in regard to their pre-existing knowledge on the topic. In total, there are three different programs ranging from public policy to economics.

Course dates: July 30 until August 07, 2022
Cost: €1,190

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Academic Summer School

This summer the Newton University offers a summer school on Europe's post-pandemic challenges. The program deals with the aftermaths of the Covid-19 pandemic and its influences on the world of work and business. It aims to prepare students for this changed economy and society. Participants will examine the varying governmental responses to the crisis and use data science methods to analyse the short and long term consequences of all of the shifts that have taken place. The program will take place on site and is partly financed by Erasmus+, thus, the first week of the program is free.

Program dates: June 20th until mid to end of July (depending on the chosen program)
Cost: €280

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Currently no programs are available.

Summer schools at the Université de Bordeaux

Around the year, the Université de Bordeaux is organizing a series of digital events on different topics. Some courses cover urban planning in Africa, mass spectrometry for analyzing preserved cultural heritage, the impact of globalization on the humanities, materials science, and medical questions, while others tackle materials for storing energy, agricultural and neurosciences, and enology.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the Université de Bordeaux website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

Ritsumeikan Summer Schools

This summer the Ritsumeikan University offers the Ritsumeikan Summer Schools. The schools offer a low-barrier introduction to the Japanese langugage and culture.
Some programs will be conducted online while others are planned to be on site.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the Ritsumeikan University website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Riga Technical University

This summer the International Cooperation and Foreign Studies Department of Riga Technical University offers 12 different summer schools. From Urban Indoor Gardening to Intensive English, every course brings the opportunity make great international experiences and meet new friends.
Courses will be conducted in small groups with close cooperation with the teacher and other students. Please make sure that the degree you are enrolled in matches the entry requirements for the different courses.

Each course offers a participation certificate as well as 6 ECTS.
The program will be conducted on site.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the University website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

Samara University

This summer, Samara University will be offering a selection of different short programs. Some courses will be online, some will be on site. Students will be able to obtain various certificates of attendance. 

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the Samara University website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Summer school at the University of Bern

The university will be putting on a diverse program of courses in various subjects this summer, including courses in biology and chemistry, the humanities and social sciences, climate and environmental research, medicine, physics, psychology, and economics and law. The program contains modules for both bachelor’s and master’s students. Some courses will be held online, while others are set to take place in person.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the program website for details.

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Institute for Peace and Dialogue

This summer the Institute for Peace and Dialogue offers two different summer programs. Interested students can choose between the 3-month Research Program and the 13th summer academy, both center around political topics such as peacebuilding, human rights, and international security and diplomacy. The program will be conducted on site.

The dates, fees and application deadlines vary from program to program. Please see the program website for details.

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Currently no programs are available.

Currently no programs are available.

There are no programs available at the moment.


“Go East” summer and winter schools

Study and research visits for students

Local universities organize Go East summer and winter schools on all kinds of different topics. The program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

From March 01 onward, students will be able to apply for one of the 47 summer schools in 19 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Uzbekistan.
The DAAD has suspended applications for Russia and Belarus. In cause of the risk assessment, applications for DAAD-Scholarships to Ukraine are currently suspended.

  • Dual-track application procedure: Apply to the summer school for a place and to the DAAD for a scholarship.
  • Application deadline: The respective application deadline for each summer school.

You can find more information on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website.


Contact

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Birte Heitmann

Language courses and short-term programs abroad

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Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

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Birte Heitmann

Language courses and short-term programs abroad

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Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-5951

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