Summer University

Seize the opportunity to improve your German while experiencing six memorable summer weeks in Stuttgart and surroundings, with accommodation and excursions included.

Summer University

The Summer University is a great opportunity for students who are interested in German language and culture to make new experiences right in the heart of Europe.
This program is only available for students coming from a partner institution that has an agreement with the University of Stuttgart. Please consult your study abroad advisor whether your institution has such an agreement.

Conditions of acceptance
1. Approval of your home university
2. Completion of your freshman year at your home university
3. GPA = 2.75 or better (= B+ average)
4. Payment of the University of Stuttgart Summer University fee
5. Completion of the German language placement test (upon arrival)

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You will be taught German in a classroom situation but you will also have the opportunity to practice outside the classroom.

In addition to the German language course, you will have the chance of taking a subject course in one of the following areas (all taught in English):

Most participating institutions will give 4 credits for each subject course.

Get all the details on the Summer University in our Pre-Departure Guide.
Please note: An updated Program Guide for the Summer University 2017 will be uploaded in April 2017.

Important dates

Arrival weekend: May 20/21, 2017
Official registration: Monday, May 22, 2017
Course start: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Exams: TBA
Official farewell: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Official departure: Friday, June 30, 2017

Course organization

German language classes:

  • Monday to Friday from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm
  • You will be placed in an appropriate class based on your performance

Subject courses:

  • The subject courses will be taught in the afternoons
  • The subject courses have integrated excursions which are mandatory

Optional Saturday excursions will be on offer.

You are free, of course, to organize your own weekend trips to other destinations of your choice in Germany or Europe.

A registration fee of EUR 20 is collected when you register for one of the excursions.

Please complete and sign the application form and email it to the International Office of the University of Stuttgart. Be sure to have your home university’s international student advisor sign the form, too!

Application deadline
March 15, 2017
Be aware that your home university may have an earlier application deadline.

Please note: if you cancel your application after the deadline you will have to pay a EUR 100 fee.

The German courses run five days a week (Monday - Friday). You are expected to attend all classes!
During the six week period, the total number of lessons in any German language course is 90. This is equivalent to 9 ECTS credits.

Elementary courses
These courses stress correct pronunciation, listening comprehension, and basic speaking ability and should lead to active mastery of basic grammar and limited reading ability.

Course description: Elementary German I

  • Basic grammar and structures of German
  • Elementary vocabulary
  • Everyday situations in your studies and at home
  • Basic written and oral communication

Course description: Elementary German II

This course is a combination of an Elementary German I course and a Conversation Course. It will cover the basic skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with a heavy emphasis on everyday German.
Prerequisite: Elementary German I or equivalent

  • Further development of the written and oral language and communication skills building on Elementary German I
  • Basic structures of German (continued)
  • Everyday situations in your studies and at home
  • Introduction to tourist and professional situations
  • Transition from word- to sentence-level grammar

Intermediate course
This course leads to a greater competence in spoken language and to more advanced reading skills. Prerequisite: Elementary German II or equivalent

Course description: Intermediate German I

  • Further development of language and communication skills building on Elementary German II
  • Additional topical texts from university and professional contexts
  • Networking language skills
  • Focus on syntax and text grammar
  • Communication skills emphasizing fluency and flexibility
  • Special focus on spoken communication (discussing, reporting, presenting)

Grading
All courses will be graded based on active course participation, homework completion, test performance, and an oral presentation.

While participating in the Summer University we offer accommodation:

  • with host families (at least two people households, often with children)
  • in single households

During the week, the host families will provide you with breakfast. In the evenings and on weekends you are responsible for your own meals.

Most families live within 40 minutes commuting time from the university.

During the week, lunch is available in the student cafeteria at a very reasonable price.

The Summer University costs are as follows: 

  • regular price: EUR 1150,-
  • EUR 1800,- (for students from universities where participation does not count towards the exchange balance)

Covered are the following:

  • Housing while attending the Summer University
  • Unlimited public transportation (bus, subway, underground) within the greater Stuttgart area
  • Excursions (bus, train, lunch, guided tours, entrance fees; a EUR 20 registration fee is additional)
  • Program administrative costs

Not covered:

  • Tuition at your own university
  • Any program fees your home university charges to cover its costs
  • Transportation to Stuttgart
  • Transportation to the university before registration
  • Breakfast (for students not housed with host families)
  • Lunch and dinner (for students not housed with host families)
  • Medical/accident insurance
  • Textbooks for German language class (approx. EUR 25)
  • Personal expenses

Contact

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Karin Herrmann

German language courses for Master's students, Summer University