Language and Short Courses 2021/2022

Language and Society in Modern Germany Language and Society in Modern Germany

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
In cooperation with

IIK Bayreuth e.V.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B1, B2, C1, C2
Target group

The summer university welcomes all students who are interested in studying German in an international atmosphere.


The language classes offered at the Summer University in Bayreuth combine both language acquisition and the development and training of intercultural competence since they are based on current topics in Germany. Additionally, grammar structures as well as speech and dialogue exercises are trained with material that reflects real-life situations.

Within each level, all courses deal with the following regional topics with varying degrees of difficulty:

  • Germany through foreign eyes
  • Everyday life in Germany
  • Regional variety
  • Cultural variety

At the Summer University Bayreuth, you have the chance to meet students from more than 40 countries. The culturally diverse backgrounds of the students turn discussions into a personal experience and a source of knowledge.

The language courses in the mornings (20 hours per week) are supplemented by compulsory special classes in the afternoons with eight hours per week (in total 28 hours per week). You can choose between the following compulsory subjects: Communication Course, European Studies, Film Culture, Journalism and Media, Music and Musical Life, Preparation for the TestDaF Exam, Training for Teachers of German as a Foreign Language, Introduction to German Law and German Legal Language, Technical German for Medicine or Business Communication. The communication courses are open for students from all language levels. For the other specialised courses, the minimum language level is B1, B2 or C1. Details can be found under the descriptions of the specialised courses.
Our weekly programme will be rounded off by additional offers like seminars on German culture, an international choir, a theatre workshop, film nights, sports, and a literature café. These additional offers amount to at least 12 hours per week.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
Price only on request
Further information on dates and prices

Date of arrival is one day prior to the course date between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Additional costs can be incurred for the optional parts of the cultural programme (museum visits, excursions).

Funding: application for DAAD-HSK scholarship

For this course DAAD university summer course scholarships (usually starting at language level B1) are available. If you wish to apply for this course, you can find all necessary information about the scholarship programme and its application requirements here. To submit your application, please note the reference number HSK-0058. This number can only be used for presence courses. Applying for attending online courses is not possible.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B1, B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

We require a completed A2 level or higher according to the CEFR.

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

We organise single room accommodation. Students may choose between a room in a student dormitory or in a private shared flat. The dormitories feature two-, four-, five- and six-student apartment units, each with a kitchen and single occupancy bedrooms. All dormitories are equipped with a common room as well as a TV room. Dishes and linen are available. In shared flats, kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Costs for accommodation are about 340 EUR per month plus a deposit fee of 100 EUR.


The students' dormitories and private shared flats are equipped with cooking facilities. Several grocery stores and restaurants are to be found in the city centre.

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

The course fee includes various leisure time activities: literature café, academic seminars, international choir, theatre workshops, movie nights, sports programme, and the almost legendary Summer University parties.
Cultural immersion opportunities include the following: museum visits, local trips, guided city tours. These excursions cost between 1 and 8 EUR. We also offer trips, e.g., to Bamberg, Nuremberg or Regensburg, which cost between 29 and 35 EUR.

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

University of Bayreuth

On the green campus of the University of Bayreuth, people and ideas meet. The academic life is colourful and more personal than in large universities. Top-level research, teaching according to the most modern methods, internationality and diversity, springboard for our students into successful careers – that is what the University of Bayreuth stands for.

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