International Summer Course
International Summer Course for German Language and Cultural Studies
University of Bonn
August 2 to 25, 2017
The University of Bonn invites international students and other interested individuals from any field of study or discipline to an International Summer Course for German Language and Cultural Studies.
In 2017, the International Summer Course will celebrate its 70th birthday. Since 1947, the University of Bonn offers this successful program to international students from all over the world. Participants will get a chance to experience one of Germany’s oldest and largest universities. With an almost 200-year history, an excellent reputation in Germany and abroad, and a strong academic profile, the University of Bonn is one of the most distinguished universities in Germany. It is a modern research-oriented university that operates internationally while remaining conscious of its long traditions. Additionally, participants will be able to enjoy staying in Bonn, a city proud of its 2.000 years of history. Bonn is not only the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. It is also a modern and vibrant international city located at the river Rhine. These days, Bonn is not just known as United Nations City. As the former German capital, it also still houses various governmental institutions and carries to this day the label “Federal City”. As you can see, Bonn has a lot to offer to international visitors regarding history, culture and politics.
The International Summer Course offers the participants the opportunity to learn the German language or to improve existing language skills and to gain insight into German cultural studies. It will take place from August 2 - August 25, 2017.
The International Summer Course includes:
- German language courses every morning from Monday to Friday (courses for all levels, from basic over intermediate to advanced level)
- Elective modules (for example politics, history, choir)
- Social activities and leisure programs (for example excursions)
The International Summer Course aims at offering the participants the opportunity to learn the German language or to improve existing language skills, gaining insight into German cultural studies, participating in interesting excursions, getting to know the internationally well-reputed University of Bonn and the city of Bonn, and at making new contacts and fostering new friendships.
German language courses
During the International Summer Course, participants have the chance to learn German or to improve existing language skills. There will be courses for all levels, from courses for beginners to courses for advanced learners.
Classes will be small (up to 15 participants). The German language courses will take place every morning from Monday to Friday. The International Summer Course offers altogether 60 hours of German language courses.
The participants will have to partake in an online assessment test before the International Summer Course starts in order to determine the assignment to the individual German classes and to ensure that the students' individual needs and expectations are taken into account.
Additionally, the program includes elective modules (for example politics, history, choir).
The elective modules will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (14 hours all in all).
Further information on the elective modules will be available soon.
Social activities and leisure programs
Furthermore, the program includes various social activities and leisure programs.
Further information on the social activities and leisure programs will be available soon.
In order to be eligible to register for the International Summer Course, you must fulfill the requirements given below:
- university entrance qualification/qualification for admission to higher education,
- minimum age of 18 years.
Please note that spouses are only able to attend the International Summer Course if they have registered for it themselves.
Applicants who wish to participate in the International Summer Course must apply by May 12, 2017. The selected participants will be notified within six weeks after the registration or at the latest one week after the registration deadline.
Applicants should send us the following documents (written in German or English):
- completely filled in and signed application form,
- résumé / curriculum vitae (should contain personal data; school and higher education; professional skills, e.g. language skills, IT skills etc.; work experience, e.g. internships, traineeships etc.)
- two passport photos.
Please send the documents
- via email to: email@example.com (the passport photos will have to be sent via mail to the address mentioned below)
- via mail to: University of Bonn, International Office, Ms. Sandra Scholl, Poppelsdorfer Allee 102, 53115 Bonn, Germany
To guide you through the whole application process, feel free to download our Step-to-Step- guide.
The participation fee amounts to 750 € (including the costs for the excursions). The fee does not include housing or meals.
The bank transfer information will be provided to the selected participants.
Please note that the participation fee is due by June 2, 2017. Participation in the International Summer Course is only possible after confirmation of payment.
Please note that we cannot reimburse the participation fee, if you cancel after June 2, 2017.
The University of Bonn does not anticipate the cancellation of the International Summer Course. However, if it should become necessary due to world events, gross under enrollment or other circumstances to cancel or significantly change the program, all applicants / selected participants will be promptly notified and provided a full reimbursement of the participation fee.
It is possible to apply with regard to this International Summer Course for a DAAD university summer course scholarship. Information about the scholarship program and application requirements is available here.
If you wish to apply, please use the following key code: HSK-1273.
Please also consider exploring other sources of financial aid. Your home institution might be able to advise you on financial aid possibilities.
Certificate of Attendance / ECTS Credits
Every participant who regularly attended the program and completed a written examination will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
If you are interested in obtaining ECTS credits, you can gain up to 6 ECTS credits (equivalent to 3 U.S. credits). Please contact us if you wish to obtain ECTS credits. We will inform you about the requirements.
Please note that the University of Bonn can only recommend that the home institutions award participants with ECTS credits. Participants who wish to receive the ECTS credits will have to contact either their study abroad office or the office in their university that deals with external credit. It is up to the home institutions of the participants as to how much credit they award. Of course, we will gladly advise them.
Accommodation can be either arranged by us or by the participants themselves.
Please indicate in the application form if you wish us to arrange accommodation or if you prefer to take care of your accommodation yourself.
We are able to offer rooms in one of our student dormitories which cost up to 308 € (for the whole course duration) in addition to the participation fee of 750 €. Room sizes in our dormitories may vary, which means that the rent might also vary. If the amount of the fee is lower than expected due to the different room sizes, we will reimburse the resulting difference in cash on the last day of the Summer Course. Please note that due to the difficult housing situation in Bonn, the International Office is not able to provide apartments for families.
Unfortunately, the rooms will not be available before the day of arrival. Please also note that it will not be possible to move to another student dormitory once you have been assigned to a room. A cash deposit of 50 € has to be made on the arrival day. The deposit will be returned to you on the day of your departure if the room is not damaged and the room keys are returned. If you exceptionally want to stay longer than August 25, please note that we can only conclude the departure procedures weekdays between 9:00 am and noon. The latest possibility to depart is August 31, 2017.
Please further note that the student dormitories are not part of the University of Bonn and are under the responsibility of the Student's Services Agency “Studierendenwerk Bonn”. The dormitories are collegiate accommodations and their overall conditions and cleanliness depend on the functioning of the particular collegiate self-administration. The International Office is neither responsible for any kinds of deficits nor for their rectification. Your contact persons concerning possible repairs or complaints are the janitors in the dorms or the Student's Services Agency “Studierendenwerk Bonn”.
Insurance, Liability and Applicable Law
Any participant of the International Summer Course for German Language and Cultural Studies must have insurance covering health, accident and personal liability risks. The International Summer Course is not able to provide health, accident and liability insurance. It is the responsibility of the participants to take care of such insurance coverage. The University of Bonn’s liability for any damage occurring during the program (including excursions, social activities, leisure programs etc.) is limited to the extent legally possible.
The applicable law for the implementation of the program is German law.
Please indicate in the application form if you need an official letter from the University of Bonn confirming your admission to the International Summer Course in order to apply for a visa. The letter will be sent with the admission notification.
Please also note that all visa procedures remain in the responsibility of the participants and must be taken care of in due time.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions: