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Spend the month of August in Tübingen, a historic university town that is the ideal place to learn German, experience new cultures, and make new friends from all over the world.

Tübingen Summer Language | Germany

More photos from this program can be found here.

More photos from this program can be found here.

Spend the month of August in Tübingen, a historic university town that is the ideal place to learn German, experience new cultures, and make new friends from all over the world.

Participants in the International Summer Course will not only learn German language, they will also become knowledgeable about contemporary German society, politics, and culture. After each day’s lessons, there is a selection of interesting activities and courses to choose from.

Program Duration:

  • Summer: 4 weeks in August

 

Summer: March 15

-GPA of 2.50 or above

-Minimum one year of college level German with a GPA of 3.00 or better

Classes

The courses are taught by experienced bilingual instructors. They are assisted by German tutors who help in different areas such as homework, conversation, projects, etc.  There are up to eight class levels for students with elementary to intermediate knowledge of German (A2 – B1/2). Classes are small (16 participants max.) and usually have two teaching staff.  Every weekday students will have four hours of language lessons in the morning and a two-hour tutorial in the afternoon. The course encompasses intensive training in writing and speaking, grammar, reading comprehension, intercultural general knowledge and everyday culture.  In addition, course participants prepare projects on subjects of their own choice within the fields of language and knowledge of Germany. Along with the additional activities, the course comprises approximately 32 contact hours per week.

Credits

For participation in this program, students will earn 5 ECTS credits. This translates to 4 credits at schools with a quarter calendar system.

Extracurricular Activities

After lessons and tutorials, students can pick from a variety of interesting activities. For example:

  • Lectures and seminars on Germany and German culture
  • Seminars on phonetics and typical mistakes
  • Films
  • Literature
  • Theater
  • Musical events
  • Cooking course on Swabian cuisine
  • Sports (e.g. swimming, hiking, University of Tübingen fitness program)
  • Tours of Tübingen/ town festivals
  • Get-togethers

Most of these activities are covered by the program fee.

Excursions

Excursions to locations outside Tübingen are offered as part of the Summer Course. Tübingen is surrounded by beautiful countryside and interesting towns, castles and monasteries.  One full-day excursion takes you to Lake Constance; there is a variety of interesting activities focusing on Germany’s largest lake, which is set in an impressive landscape.

Program Duration

The four week Summer Course is offered each year during the month of August. Exact program dates can be found in the online application.  

The program is open to students from all fields of study. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • Have at least one year of college-level German (summer courses are offered at second and third year levels) with a language GPA of 3.00 or better.\
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above

Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university International Programs Office.

Students stay in single rooms in university residence halls, with shared bathrooms and kitchens. The rent is included in the program cost. Course participants can eat lunch at the University cafeteria Monday through Friday.

Your room rent includes a bus ticket which you can use in Tübingen for the month.

The International Summer Course guarantees students a program of high educational and organizational quality. All teachers hold university degrees in teaching German as a Foreign Language and have years of experience with intercultural classes at institutions of higher education.

The Oregon program also has a full-time Resident Director, Silvia Kunze-Ritter, whose office is located at the University of Tübingen, and who will provide additional support as needed.

silvia kunze-ritter

About Resident Director, Silvia Kunze-Ritter

Silvia grew up in Baden-Württemberg, where she completed degrees in German, Political Science, and Teaching. Previously, she has worked as an administrator and instructor at the University of Tübingen, as well as taught courses at Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Since 2002, Silvia has served as Resident Director for IE3 Global in Germany, where she enjoys supporting and advising IE3 Global students.

The cost for the Tübingen Summer Course includes the course fee (tuition), teaching materials, excursions, housing, bus pass and insurance. Roundtrip airfare and meals are not included in the program cost. Updated costs for the August course will be available in April.

Terms

Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: March 15

Basic Requirements

-GPA of 2.50 or above

-Minimum one year of college level German with a GPA of 3.00 or better