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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 scholarships2 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

Winter school at KU Leuven

In January 2022, KU Leuven will be putting on a two-week online program to promote international cultural exchange in Europe. Various courses are available to choose from, such as Doing Business with Europe(ans) and Cultural Interactions within Europe. The courses include virtual visits to the European Parliament and the Groeningemuseum.

Course dates: January 17 to 28, 2022
Fee: €500

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Summer Undergraduate Research Programme at CUHK

Die Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) bietet das Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)

Summer schools at the Université de Bordeaux

Between June and October, 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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Short-term program at the University of Ghana

In summer 2022, the University of Ghana will be offering a short-term, three-part program aimed at familiarizing participants with the cultures of Africa and Ghana. This will involve visiting various places and cultural centers in the country and taking modules at the University of Ghana on all manner of different subjects such as language and culture or healthcare. Those taking part will also be volunteering with selected organizations.

Course dates: June 03 to 25, 2022; July 01 to 24, 2022
Application deadline: April 30, 2022

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Short-term program at Sophia University

In January 2022, Sophia University will be running a three-week short-term program of online courses designed to teach Japanese language and culture. It will feature a mix of various live and on-demand courses, with participants able to choose up to three.

Course dates: January 07 to 28, 2022
Application deadline: November 24, 2021
Course fees: around €570 per course

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Short-term Spanish immersion program

The Universidad de Antioquia is organizing a short-term residential program in summer 2022. Across approximately 100 hours, students will be able to learn about and experience Colombian culture and its traditions in the country itself, while learning Spanish at the same time. The program is divided into Spanish lessons and modules on culture and history, art, cuisine and society. The four-week course is a mix of teaching, excursions and hands-on workshops and offers a lot of variety and opportunity to get to know Colombia.

Course dates: July 25 to August 12, 2022
Application deadline: March 25, 2022
Cost: around €1,300

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Discover Sibiria with Dostoevsky

In February 2022, Dostoevsky Omsk State University is putting on a short-term program for students looking to learn some Russian or improve their existing knowledge. Participants will be grouped based on language skills. There will also be a number of trips to historic sites and museums plus activities such as ice hockey and skiing. Whole-day excursions to the local area are planned for the Saturdays. Anyone successfully completing the course will earn four ECTS credits.

Course dates: February 3 to 18, 2022
Application deadline: January 17, 2022
Cost: around €400

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Samara University

In January and February 2022, Samara University will be offering a selection from ten different online programs including Russian Language and Culture, Fashion Studies and International Law. These courses will be livestreamed online and will be available to watch for several months afterward. Students will be able to obtain various certificates of attendance. There will also be some actual excursions, such as to the historic Leningradskaya Street. 

Course dates: dependent on the chosen program
Application deadline: dependent on the chosen program
Cost: dependent on the chosen program

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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.

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Summer Schools in Madrid 

In summer 2022, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid will be hosting two summer schools, where students will be able to choose from all manner of different courses and leisure activities. The  Summer School of Economics and Business1212139 and A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change13131410 will both be held in person and will enable students to earn between three and twelve ECTS credits depending on what courses they choose. They can also take part in activities such as eating paella on the university campus, taking flamenco lessons or simply exploring Madrid.

Course dates: June and July 2022 (exact dates will depend on the chosen course)
Application deadline: dependent on the chosen course
Cost: between €800 and €1,400 (depending on the chosen course)

“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, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

  • 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.


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Language courses and short-term programs abroad


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

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Birte Heitmann

Language courses and short-term programs abroad


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-5951

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