Preparatory German Language Course

Intensive German language course and much more - your summer at Lake Constance

02. August until 28. August 2019 at the University Konstanz

For international students starting their studies in the winter semester at one of the IBH universities (a network of universities in the Lake Constance area) as well as students from one of the University of Liechtenstein’s partner universities, a German intensive course is always offered in August. Participants receive instruction at their own language ability level - whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.

In addition to the language courses, supplementary activities are offered in the afternoons and sometimes on the weekends. These include presentations on history, culture and politics as well as (city) tours and excursions throughout the Lake Constance region. The Bodensee Summer School is organised by the International Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) in cooperation with the University of Konstanz’s International Office and Language Institute (SLI).

Cost for the German intensive course and supplementary activities: 400 EUR (74 classroom hours, a language proficiency test, class material, 4 lectures and supplementary regional and cultural activities). Please note: If you are not or will not be enrolled at an IBH university, the summer school costs 480 EUR.

Accommodation and meals: When you register for the course, you can also book your accomodation. Meals are not included in this price. You can purchase meals at the cheaper student rates in the cafeteria (Mensa). 

 

Registration

Registration deadline: 31 May 2019

In order to prepare our language classes, please complete the Goethe Institute’s online placement test and enter your result in the registration form.

The number of participants for the course is limited. We therefore recommend that you register as soon as possible. Please use the registration form.

Details

Your teachers have completed philological training and are experienced teachers. Class size ranges from approx. 10-15 participants at different levels from A1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced).

Course content: listening comprehension, speaking skills, writing and reading (original) texts, all combined with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises. The beginner courses (often) use a text book. The intermediate and advanced courses have an increased focus on regional and cultural topics as well as on skills required of students (i.e. taking notes, giving a presentation).

Academic credit: certificate of attendance (either graded or ungraded) with 6 ECTS credits
Requirements: regular, active class participation (and contribution to discussions), presentations, homework (about 1 hour per day); a final test is required if you would like graded credit for the class.

More information about the IBH Summer School is available here.

Some information about the International University of Lake Constance (IBH)

The Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH) is a network of 30 universities in Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. The institutions within the IBH’s international network collaborate to create new study programmes, support research and development in cooperation with regional businesses and improve the educational opportunities available in the entire region over the long-term.

Everyone profits from having the IBH:

- The general population in the region benefits from having access to additional educational opportunities. The international cooperation among IBH members also increases graduates’ chances of successfully finding their first job. Students can make contacts in the surrounding countries during their study and training. Both the desire to gain international experience as well as the desire to keep close contact with an existing social network can be satisfied almost entirely.

- Local businesses - they benefit from the university network. Highly skilled professionals are more likely to stay in the region after graduating instead of leaving. At the same time, specialised study programmes can react quickly and with great flexibility to changing educational needs.

- The universities - collaboration allows the member institutions to share each other’s existing infrastructure like labs or high-tech devices. Student and lecturer exchanges promote positive synergies and intercultural understanding.






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