After a break of two years due to the coronavirus, Kiel University has once again invited students from abroad to participate in its four-week summer course. The participants come from the USA, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan and 22 other countries.
With a programme of intensive language courses, academic presentations and excursions from 18 July to 12 August, the 51 participants will improve their German language skills and learn more about the Federal Republic of Germany. They will explore northern Germany with day trips to Lübeck, Hamburg and the west coast. They will also visit the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Freilichtmuseum Molfsee (open air museum), have the opportunity to go sailing on the Kiel Fjord, and attend BBQ and film nights.
All courses and lectures are conducted in German
The German as a Foreign Language department at Kiel University is organising a total of 90 hours of language lessons at intermediate and advanced level. On successful completion of the course, the participants will receive a language certificate with six ECTS credits. They must have at least basic German language skills as all the course lectures will be held in German and there will be no beginner level German lessons.
Most participants are between 20 and 35 years old and study German or work abroad as German teachers. They use the course as a means of refreshing and advancing their skills.
Students from partner universities take part in the course
Most participants this year come from the USA (7) and Poland (7) – six of these come from partner universities of Kiel University. The others come from Spain (4), the Czech Republic (4), India (3) and the United Kingdom (3). But Egypt, Brazil, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand are also represented. The course is therefore a meeting of young people from all over the world.
The City of Kiel is also involved in the course once again this year. President of the City Council Hans-Werner Tovar welcomed the participants in the Ratsherrenzimmer (councillors' room) at City Hall on 20 July. The participants were then invited on a tour of the city followed by an evening meal.
The patron of the International Summer Course is Professor Matz-Lück, Vice-President for International Affairs, Young Researchers, Equality and Diversity at Kiel University. The entire course programme is organised by the International Center at Kiel University.