International Programmes 2023/2024

Summer@Uni-Mainz 2024 – International Summer School Summer@Uni-Mainz 2024

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz • Mainz

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
  • 5 August - 23 August 2024
Target group

The International Summer School of Johannes Gutenberg University welcomes both students who want to start learning German and students who already have prior experience with German and wish to improve their language skills. Therefore, we offer courses at all levels, ranging from A1 (beginners) to C1 (proficient speakers) in order to accommodate students of all language levels.


The International Summer School consists of language courses and is complemented by a cultural programme. A wide variety of interdisciplinary lectures and workshops ensures that students can broaden their horizons in many different academic areas. The International Summer School consequently welcomes students of all disciplines and origins.

Three cities, two rivers, one Summer@Uni-Mainz!

The Rhine-Main area has been of great historical significance for European history throughout many centuries. As a city that has been the centre stage for many historical events, Mainz has numerous sights and attractions that create a unique living experience for its residents. As the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz is a vibrant and lively cultural hub in the heart of Germany. The Rhine River separates Mainz from Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse. Also, Frankfurt am Main can be reached by train within a few minutes. At the same time, the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is only a short train ride away. These geographical locations also correspond to the three German authors who we will focus on in the cultural studies courses of this year’s summer school programme: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Anna Seghers, and Heinrich Heine. These authors not only lived and worked here but also immortalised these places in their novels and poems. It only seems fitting to discover their work and the places they wrote about at the same time. We will make history come to life by retracing their steps and delving into the cultural contexts that shaped these authors’ texts.

Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
Other degrees / qualifications awarded
Certificate of participation
ECTS points (max.)
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • 5 August - 23 August 2024, costs: EUR 990
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Language requirements

The Summer@Uni-Mainz international summer school programme does not require students to speak German before arrival. A basic understanding of English is helpful.

Before arriving in Germany, students will be sent an online test that we use to assess their current level of German. This helps us to plan the language courses. Subsequently, students will take a proper placement test shortly after their arrival to determine the level of the language course in which they will be placed – beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

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Is accommodation organised?
The organiser helps participants look for accommodation.

Meals are not included in the fee for the course programme.

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

The social and leisure programme consists of the following:

  • film nights (German, international, and historical films)
  • sports programme
  • "Stammtisch" – a weekly "regulars' table"

A cultural programme that includes excursions and cultural activities will complement the social and leisure programme outlined above.

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

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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