The program offers a unique combination of different specialized courses, a “taster course” on German language and culture and a varied accompanying program. Students are given the option to choose one of three specialized courses (see academics below for options), which they will take alongside German and other international students. The specialized program is held by a team of renowned Osnabrück and international lecturers. All other activties (language courses and cultural program) are in a combined group with participants from all three courses. The German course is organized by Osnabrück University’s Language Center. The recreational activities held within the cultural program are run by Osnabrück instructors who are there throughout the program to assist the international students. Excursions are also included and in the past featured a weekend trip to Berlin, a day trip to Bremen, and mudflat hiking at the North Sea (see below for more inclusions).
Students have the option to choose between three specialized course while at Osnabrück. The courses are taught from a combination of Osnabrück faculty and international professors from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, England, Ireland, among others.
- Intercultural Competencies: This course focuses on psychological aspects of Intercultural Competencies. The course fosters the understanding of intercultural competencies from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Its major goal is to broaden the knowledge of how intercultural competencies are conceptualized and how these competencies can be systematically developed. The first week will provide students with a general overview on different perspectives on culture and their implications for the understanding of intercultural competencies. The second week includes the possibility to participate in an intercultural training. The third week deepens the content of the course by a practical application: Participants will design their own workshop concept for intercultural competencies.
- Biomembranes and Cellular Microcompartments: This summer school offers a unique opportunity to acquire an integrated perspective on the architecture biogenesis dynamics and physiological functions of biomembranes and microcompartments. The Science Faculty at Osnabrück University combines a strong tradition in biomembrane research with the development of new technologies at the interface of nanoscience and cell biology. Students will gain direct insight into a wide array of experimental approaches and model systems to visualize microcompartments and elucidate their functions and dynamics. The school will combine theory (lectures, tutorials) with experiment, laboratory tours and a visit to a leading Biotech company.
Note: Students doing Biomembranes will receive 6 BIO credits, while Health and Competencies students will receive 3 credits for the specific class and 3 credits for the German language course.
Included in this program are:
Free public transportation in Osnabrück
Many local excursions, including a Night-Watchmen tour
Full day trip to Bremen
Mudflat hiking at the shores of the North Sea
Three day trip to Berlin at the conclusion of the program
Free wireless internet on campus
While meals are not included with the program fee, Osnabrück will provide all students with a pass that allows students to eat in the on-campus cafeteria at a severly discounted rate.
Housing and Meals
The Coordination Office for Summer Schools at the University of Osnabrück will organize your accommodation for the time of your stay in Osnabrück. You will be either accommodated in one of Osnabrück’s student dorms or with a carefully selected homestay. Please note that due to logistic reasons, it is not possible to make any commitments regarding your accommodation.
Together with other Osnabrück and international students, you will be accommodated in a single room in a student dorm. Each room provides internet access and is equipped with a washing facility. Showers and toilets are shared with the fellow roommates of each corridor, and so is the kitchen where you can store foods in a fridge and prepare meals. The student dorms also feature common rooms for eventual get-togethers or facilities for outdoor activities. The laundry rooms provide washing machines and tumble dryers. Any student dorm can be easily reached by public transportation.
Staying with an Osnabrück family or in a shared flat with other Osnabrück students is a great way to enhance your German language skills! To make sure that you are in good hands, Osnabrück inspects all of the homestays thoroughly through home visits. Homestays provide you with a single room, shared facilities and full use of the kitchen. All homestays are within reach of public transportation.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com), as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.