International Programmes 2022/2023

74th International Summer Course: Germany Today International Summer Course

Kiel University • Kiel

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B1, B2, C1, C2
  • 17 July - 11 August 2023 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 May 2023)
Target group

Students and graduates from foreign higher education institutions and universities who want to improve their German language skills and who want to inform themselves about Germany today

  • German language course (approx. 25 hours per week): intermediate and advanced courses at six different levels conducted in German
  • Academic lectures: afternoon lectures by scholars designed to give participants insight into politics and economics as well as historical developments
  • Regional excursions: excursions led by regional experts, offered to give participants an impression of Northern Germany, its landscape, art, and culture; day trips to the cities of Hamburg and Lübeck as well as a trip to the North Sea coast
  • Special classes for German language teachers are offered in didactics and foreign language instruction methods within the framework of the instruction
Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
ECTS points (max.)
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • 17 July - 11 August 2023 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 May 2023), costs: EUR 1,090
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Accompanying programme
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B1, B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

Participants should have good basic German language skills (level A 2.2 should already be completed).

Submit application to

Andreas Ritter
International Center
Kiel University
Westring 400
24118 Kiel

Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a student dormitory. All rooms are single rooms with their own shower and toilet.


The course fee includes only half board (breakfast and dinner).

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

The course programme is complemented by various leisure activities and cultural events in and around Kiel (included in the course fee).

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

Kiel University

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Campus of Kiel University © Jürgen Haacks © Uni Kiel

Kiel University is Germany's northernmost state university and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, more than 27,000 students learn their trades, and about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. Students are educated in 185 degree programmes and approximately 80 different areas ranging from agricultural science to zoology. The faculties with which Kiel University was founded in 1665 were the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Theology, Law, and Medicine. Since then, the following four additional faculties have been established: Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Engineering; and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. During its long history, the city of Kiel and the university have formed tight bonds. With its clinic, the university is one of the biggest employers in the region. It is a modern state university that interconnects academic cultures.

As a state institution, Kiel University has a special responsibility. It offers students from Schleswig-Holstein a broad range of subjects so they can study in the state. Kiel University also offers a clearly structured scientific profile that attracts students from all over Germany and the world. Contributing to this are the Bachelor's and Master's programmes, which are available in almost all disciplines. They are designed to make it easier for international students to get their degrees recognised in other countries. Kiel University also attaches great importance to the education of its doctoral candidates, who do research on their own and have established strong networks – such as research and training groups, graduate schools and the Graduate Center. Various international Summer Schools invite future students to get to know their areas of interest or to join supervised studies.

Connecting the various scientific areas has been given top priority by Kiel University because societal issues can often only be answered through collaboration of various disciplines. This enables scientists from all over the world to work together in Northern Germany.

>27000 Number of students at Kiel University
> 2300 Number of international students at Kiel University

University location

Kiel is the capital city of Schleswig-Holstein. At the same time, it is Germany’s northernmost city. The Kiel Fjord stretches right into the heart of the city – opening peoples' horizons and acting as an important crossroads. With its cruise and ferry terminals, Kiel harbour forms a bridge to Scandinavia and the Baltics. The Kiel Canal is the busiest artificial waterway in the world. All of this put together makes Kiel an important transport hub for the entire Baltic region. Yet Kiel is not only linked to the North in terms of transport; more than anything else, it is the northern way of thinking that permeates everyone's experience here. Wide horizons, the wind and the sea – that is what makes Kiel special and also what shapes people living here. It is their commitment, their relaxed attitude and openness that makes Kiel such a great place to live. The business centre Kiel is traditionally characterised by shipbuilding, shipyards and their supplier industries, such as metal working and electrical engineering. However, a large number of new companies, which are national and international market leaders in innovative sectors – in particular, the digital economy and creative industry, healthcare sector and renewable energies – have set up home here, too. The driving force behind this economic modernisation is the combination of established structures, extensive technological expertise and non-bureaucratic funding for industry and innovation. Three universities with a total of around 35,000 students and numerous institutions offering basic and advanced education make Kiel very attractive to companies that depend on innovation-friendly conditions such as a dynamic research landscape, close cooperation between academia and industry and the availability of excellently trained staff. The internationally renowned Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel are also located in Kiel.