Enhanced Summer Semester

This program is designed for exchange students from selected partner universities of the University of Stuttgart. Find out all about the modules.

About the Enhanced Summer Semester

  • Completion of first year of studies at one of the partner universities
  • Average of 75 (B+) or better
  • No previous knowledge of German necessary

Students are selected by the partner institution

Duration of the Module "Winter University"

Six weeks during January/February

Like all three ESSP modules, the Winter 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.

 The Winter University is a stand-alone module that can be taken separately from module 2 and module 3.

Participants will be living with host families during the duration of the Winter University. During the holiday break (two weeks end of February), students are required to find their own accommodation until the Module 2 starts (beginning of March). This time might be used for travelling.

Intensive German course (IGC)

Duration: Early March to mid-April

After a placement test, you will learn German in the intensive language program, offered to all exchange students. During this module, you will take 30 lessons (each 45 minutes) of German per week.
The course is Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 1:15 pm or from 1:30 pm to 5:45 pm, depending on the course. The course includes intercultural training. Previous to the course an orientation program on studying at the University of Stuttgart is offered.

 Upon completing the module, you can expect to have

  • achieved an intermediate level of German proficiency (Mittelstufe)
  • improved your listening comprehension
  • made a start at actively using German in an academic context
  • acquired learning techniques and communicative competence needed to study successfully at the University of Stuttgart

 Get all the details on the intensive German course.


Lecture period of the summer semester 

During the summer semester you can study at the University of Stuttgart as an exchange student. You can take courses of your choice in your academic study program. While most courses are taught in German, a certain number of a more general nature are taught in English. For full details, including a suitable course selection, please consult your supervisor at your home institution.


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Sarah Walz


Program Coordinator Short-term programs

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Francesco Cucinotta

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Exam commissioner TestDaF Center I - IZ, German language courses for exchange students, Lecturer German as a Foreign Language

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Rebecca Schwenger


Advisor for International Program Students

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