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Freiburg
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

Here’s what the Summer and Winter University intensive courses at the University of Freiburg offer:
  • Professional language instruction with experienced teaching staff
  • Competently taught knowledge necessary for a course of studies at German universities
  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 18 participants
  • Interesting exercise courses and seminars in the afternoon
  • The opportunity for computer-assisted individual practice in the language laboratory
  • A great variety of leisure activities
  • Excursions in and around Freiburg (e.g., the Black Forest and the Alsace region of France) 
  • Accommodation at student dormitories and shared private flats

 

The intensive courses have contributed to the unique atmosphere of the University of Freiburg for more than 100 years.

Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest mountains, Germany's Green City with its historical monuments and ecological policy offers a classic blend of old and new. The diverse cultural life of the city and the long-standing university will ensure that you have a great and inspiring time.

The language courses of the Summer and Winter University at the University of Freiburg will help you to improve your language skills through language classes in the mornings and exercise courses and seminars in the afternoons. In addition, leisure activities both in and around Freiburg will give you valuable insights into German culture and lifestyle.

 

Course Overview - Dates and Fees
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Studenten vor KGII  March 2018 Freiburg  August 2018
    Augustinerplatz  September 2018

 

Language Classes
Free-Time Programme
Accommodation
Registration
What Else You Should Know
 

 

Course Overview - Dates and Fees
March 2018
 
Course duration
Thu, 01.03. - Wed, 28.03.2018
    Arrival & check-in Thu, 01.03.2018
    First day of class Fri, 02.03.2018
    Last day of class Tue, 27.03.2018
    Departure Wed, 28.03.2018
 
Registration period
15.11.2017 - 31.01.2018
    » details
 
Courses offered
English Language
    Language levels: B1, B2, C1 (CEFR)
    » course description
   
Our German language courses in March can be found » here.
     
 
Course fee
650,- €
    470,- € for immatriculated students at the University of Freiburg
    » details
 
Accommodation
available (+ 350,- €)
    » details
     
August 2018  
 
Course duration
Wed, 01.08. - Wed, 29.08.2018
    Arrival & check-in Wed, 01.08. and Thur, 02.08.2018
    First day of class Fr, 03.08.2018
    Last day of class Di, 28.08.2018
    Departure Mi, 29.08.2018
 
Registration period
15.02. - 30.06.2018
    » details
 
Courses offered
English Language
    Language levels: B1, B2, C1 (CEFR)
    » course description
   
English for Business and Economics
    Language levels: B2/C1 (CEFR)
     » course description
   
English for Natural Sciences and Engineering
    Language levels: B2/C1 (CEFR)
     » course description
   
Our German language courses in August can be found » here.
     
 
Course fee
650,- €
    » details
 
Accommodation
available (+ 350,- €)
    » details
     
September 2018
 
Course duration
Mon, 03.09. - Fri, 28.09.2018
    Arrival & check-in Mon, 03.09.2018
    First day of class Tue, 04.09.2018
    Last day of class Thur, 27.09.2018
    Departure Fri, 28.09.2018
 
Registration period
15.04. - 31.07.2018
    » details
 
Courses offered
English Language
    Language levels: B1, B2, C1 (CEFR)
    » course description
   
Our German language courses in September can be found » here.
     
 
Course fee
650,- €
    470,- € for immatriculated students at the University of Freiburg
    » details
 
Accommodation
available (+ 350,- €)
    » details
     

 

 

Language Courses
Course Descriptions

We offer the following language course:

English Language

Language levels: B1, B2, C1 (CEFR)

This course is specifically designed for students wanting to take up an English-language degree course at a German university. By means of authentic and up to date materials and a variety of interesting topics and texts you can brush up and intensify your knowledge of the English language. Task-based grammar and oral skills training under the guidance of our highly qualified teachers, who are all native speakers will guarantee a language training of the highest standards. Special study techniques such as reading strategies or presentation skills will also be practised. German language skills are not required.
You must have successfully completed the English language level A2 to be able to participate.

 

English for Business and Economics
in August

Language levels: B2/C1 (CEFR)

A variety of conversation exercises, classroom discussions as well as up to date reading and listening comprehension exercises covering numerous topics relevant to economics, such as banking, marketing, stock markets and business cycles will be combined with realistic grammar training. The language course also offers exercises in business correspondence as well as presentation training in the field of business management.
You must have successfully completed the English language level B1 in order to participate in this special purposes course. German language skills are not required.

 

English for Natural Sciences and Engineering
in August

Language levels: B2/C1 (CEFR)

This language course is intended for those working or studying in technical or science-oriented areas. You will work with authentic reading and listening comprehension tasks to practise technical terms, useful phrases and grammatical structures frequently used in industry, engineering and science. You will improve both your spoken English through discussions and simulations as well as your writing skills for use in subject-relevant reports, essays and emails.
You must have successfully completed the English language level B1 in order to participate in this special purposes course. German language skills are not required.

 

Online Placement Test

To ensure that you will be learning in the class group matching your language level, an online placement test will be taken before courses begin. You will receive detailed information and advice by email after your registration has been completed.

You will be asked to indicate your approximate CEFR language level in the registration form. For information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), please click here.

 

Timetable

Our language courses take place Monday to Friday morning and include 72 teaching units á 45 minutes (4 teaching units per day).

Additionally, you can participate in exercise courses and seminars during the second and third week of the course.

 

Course Materials

Course materials are compiled by our teachers especially for the courses and are included in the course fee.

 

Excercise Courses and Seminars
Unterricht KG I
Foto: Sebastian Bender

Depending on your language level, you are welcome to attend any exercise courses or seminars offered in the afternoons. The seminars examine different current issues in the areas of cultural and social sciences.

You will find the detailed programme in the course booklet upon arrival.

 

Language Laboratory
Sprachlabor Gruppenfoto

In our digitalised language laboratory (Sprachlabor), students can use self-study materials for individual practice of listening comprehension, grammar and pronunciation by choosing from a wide range of audio material and online exercises.

 

Certificate and ECTS Credits
Zeugnis SWU Muster
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A graded certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the course. It will include your individual language level following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as well as your ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

 

  ECTS Requirements
language course in the morning 4 regular attendance and proof of performance
1 exercise course and/or seminar 1 participation in all sessions
language laboratory 1 30 hours of work
maximum number of ECTS credits 7  

 

Leisure Programme
Course Office

Our course office is open before and after class during the Summer and Winter University. You are more than welcome with all your questions and problems. Our experienced team is glad to help you with questions regarding the language course or everyday life in Germany and Freiburg.

 

Free-Time Activities

Biergarten

Augustinerplatz
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

The experience of regional studies is not only conveyed through language instruction in our courses, but also outside the classroom in the form of a weekly changing leisure and social programme.

We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in and around Freiburg. Our student tutors organize city tours, pub nights, game and cooking nights, museum visits, as well as excursions to places of interest in the region. These activities give you the opportunity to get acquainted with Freiburg and the surrounding area as well as the other course participants in small groups.

The weekly free-time programme will be available for pick-up during the courses at the course office.

 

 

Excursions

There will be a number of Saturday or Sunday excursions, for instance to Heidelberg, the Lake of Constance or to France.

You will find the detailed programme in your course booklet upon arrival. Excursion fees usually are 30,- €.
 

Schauinsland
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

Kanonenplatz Bender
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

 

 

Accommodation

You may look for a room on your own. See for example:


(The Language Teaching Center does assume no liability for the links above.)

 

Single rooms at student dormitories or shared private flats in Freiburg may be arranged upon request during the duration of the course in March, August and September.

 

Room Fee

350,- €

 

Description and Furnishing

The rooms are student single rooms in shared flats. You will have your own room but will have to share the kitchen, the bathroom and in some cases a lounge area with other female and male residents within the same unit. The flats and dormitories are located in different buildings and city districts. The university/city centre can be reached by bus or tram between 15 to 30 minutes.

If you book a room through SLI, the room will be assigned to you. It is not possible to change the room.

You will receive the exact adress on the arrival day.

Furnishing:
  • single room
  • room size: 12 to 15m²
  • bed, pillow and bedcover, bed linen
  • cupboard
  • table and chair
  • shared kitchen, bathroom and in some cases a lounge area that is shared with other residents within the same unit

 

General Terms

With your room booking you accept the following conditions:

  1. There is no cleaning service. You will be responsible for the cleanness of your room. Together with your flatmates you will have to keep the common areas (kitchen and bathroom) clean. Upon your departure, you are expected to leave your room, the kitchen and the bathroom clean.
  2. The bathroom will be used by both female and male flatmates.
  3. Only you are allowed to stay in your room.
  4. You are requested to keep the noise down after 10 p.m.
  5. There is no guarantee that cooking utensils will be available in the kitchen.
  6. Personal belongings from the student who normally lives there may be in your room. Please handle them with care.
  7. There are no spare keys for the rooms. In case that you lose your key you will be charged with the costs for new keys and door locks.
  8. The rooms are located in different flats, buildings and city districts. The university/city centre can be reached by bus or tram within 15 to 30 minutes.
  9. If you book a room through SLI, the room will be assigned to you. The buildings and rooms may differ in age, size, and floorplan. It is not possible to change the room.
  10. The rooms are only available from the day of arrival until the day of departure until 10:00 h.

 

Arrival and Departure outside Course Duration

Should you arrive before or leave after the stated course dates and need accommodation in Freiburg, you can find lodging here:

At www.freiburg.de
or
Jugendherberge Freiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)761 67656
info@jugendherberge-freiburg.de
freiburg.jugendherberge-bw.de

 

 

Registration
Course Fee

All language courses:
650,- €
(470,- € for immatriculated students at the University of Freiburg - only in March and September)

 

The course fee includes
  • 72 hours of language instructionin the morning (18 days with 4 x 45 minutes)
  • Optional participation in the exercise courses or seminars in the afternoon
  • The opportunity to use computer-assisted self-learning mechanisms in our language laboratory
  • Course materials
  • Use of the PC-Pools and Wireless LAN at the university
  • Meals in the university cafeteria (Mensa) at student rates
  • Participation in the leisure programme (not entrance fees, food and drinks)
  • Information and orientation for a course of studies at German universities

 

Conditions of Participation

All participants who have reached the age of 17 by the start of the course are welcome to join the Summer University.

Meeting other international students is something that makes the Summer University a multicultural experience for our participants. This is why it is in your best interest that the ratio of spots per course and the number of students with the same country of origin is limited.

 

Registration and Payment
  • Please fill in the online application on this website. We will then inform you by email whether you can participate in the course or not and how to register online.There is no entitlement to participation.
  • Are you a member of a student group or would you like to organize the participation of your student group in the courses? In this case, please do not fill in the online registration request, but contact us per email.
  • In order to register, you will receive a personalised link via email. Please register within the stated time frame.
  • After having registered you will receive a preliminary registration confirmation by email. As soon as your payment has been completed we will send you the final course registration confirmation, an official invitation for your visa request as well as important information concerning the placement test, your arrival and your stay in Freiburg by post and by email.

 

Payment options:
  • Credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express)
  • PayPal
  • SOFORT Überweisung (instant bank transfer)
  • Bank transfer

 

Withdrawal

Registration is binding.

If you withdraw from the program up to 20 days before courses begin, 50% of the course fee and 50% of the accomodation fee can be refunded. Regrettably, if you withdraw less than 20 days before courses begin, no refund is possible. This applies also in case of visa refusal.

Please apply only if you are sure that you want to participate in the course.

 

Application
for the Winter University in March 2018 (01. - 28.03.2018)
 
 
Application is open from 15th November 2017 until 31st January 2018

Please note:  In case the courses are fully booked before 31st January, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
 for the Summer University in August 2018 (01.08. - 29.08.2017)
 
 
Application is open from 15th February until 30th June 2018

Please note:  In case the courses are fully booked before 30th June, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
 for the Summer University in September 2018 (03.09. - 28.09.2018)
 
 
Application is open from 15th April until 31th July 2018

Please note:  In case the courses are fully booked before 31st July, we will have to close the application earlier.

 

 

What Else You Should Know
Arrival
Frankfurt am Main Airport

From Frankfurt am Main airport (www.frankfurt-airport.de) you can travel to Freiburg by train or long distance bus. Tickets and schedules are available at www.bahn.de and www.goeuro.de.

Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse

From Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (www.euroairport.com) you can easily reach Freiburg by bus. The schedule is available at www.freiburger-reisedienst.de

Car

Due to its excellent connection to the highway, Freiburg is also easy to reach by car.

Detailed directions from Freiburg central station to our course office and a location map will be sent to you with your registration documents via post and email.

 

Transport

Straßenbahn
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

Fahrrad Bender
Foto: Sebastian Bender

Freiburg offers a dense public transportation network. As soon as you arrive in Freiburg you can buy a monthly ticket pass (Regiokarte) which enables you to use all busses and trams in Freiburg as well as local trains in the surrounding region for the whole month.

Freiburg is also easy to access and explore via bicycle or by foot. You can buy a used bicycle for around 50 - 100,- €.

Information on transport in Freiburg is available at www.freiburg.de under the heading "Mobilität und Verkehr".

Please consult www.bahn.de and www.goeuro.de to find out about train and bus connections and prices when travelling in Germany.

 

 

Food

Mensa Mesenholl
Foto: Peter Mesenholl

During the Summer and Winter University, you can eat at the university dining hall (Mensa) at student prices. You will be given a "Unicard" for this purpose on your arrival. A complete meal costs around 3,- €.
In addition to meat and fish menus, the university dining hall offers vegetarian and organic dishes as well as a variety of salads.

At the university café coffee, tea, cold drinks, desserts and snacks are available at reasonable prices.

Freiburg's city centre also offers a wide range of restaurant, cafés, bars and food stalls. Here, you can find various regional and international specialities. Just come by the course office and aks for our recommendations.

You can also stroll over the famous Freiburg Münster market where local farmers offer a rich selection of regional products.

Markt
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

 

Internet
You are welcome to use the university PC-pools with internet access and printers as well as the wireless LAN in all university buildings for free. You will be given a "Unicard" with username and password for this purpose on your arrival. 

 

Visa

If you need a visa for the Federal Republic of Germany, please be sure to contact the responsible German Consulate or Embassy in your home country in advance. As soon as your registration and payment has been completed, we will send you an official invitation for your visa request by post as well as by email.

In case you would like to travel to Switzerland (e.g. Basel, which is only 60 km from Freiburg), please find out if you need a visa from the responsible Consulate or Embassy for Switzerland in your home country before departure.

 

Insurance

As a Summer University student you are not automatically insured against illness and accidents. We recommend that you contact your insurance company in advance to find out about your coverage. As you may be responsible for any damage you may cause e.g. in your dormitory room, we also recommend a public liability insurance.

 

Information on the University, the City and the Region

Studenten vor KGII
Foto: Sebastian Bender

KG I
Foto: Peter Mesenholl

The university town Freiburg has plenty to offer. With its history dating back to the 12th century, its historic old town, its gothic cathedral and the university founded in the 15th century, the Black Forest metropolis is a german city full of rich tradition.

Additionally, due to its modern infrastructure and its innovative environmental and energy policy Freiburg has been crowned the "Green City". Freiburg's theatres, museums, cinemas and music scene provide for a vibrant mix of culture. Furthermore, Freiburg's close proximity to the Black Forest, the Alsace region in France and Switzerland allow for diverse excursion opportunities.

The Language Teaching Centre (SLI) is part of the Faculty of Philology, which was founded in 1457 and includes 11 faculties. With over 25 000 students the University shapes the cultural, social and economic life of the city.

Internationality is an integral part of the University - in 2015 about 16% of the students were international students. 

The following websites offer further information on Freiburg, the University of Freiburg and the surrounding region:

 

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University of Freiburg
Language Teaching Centre (SLI)
Summer/Winter University
Universitätsstraße 5
3rd floor
79098 Freiburg
Germany

sommer.winter@sli.uni-freiburg.de

 

Julia Beuter
Julia Beuter
Co-Director of Studies

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8980

 

Kim Smyla
Kim Smyla
Co-Director of Studies

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8980

 

Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Project Assistant

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8982

 

Christopher Gies
Christopher Gies
Project Assistant

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8981

 

Gado Nabine-Gbati
Gado Nabine-Gbati
Student Assistant

 

Profilbild generisch
Satomi Yuki
Student Assistant

 

A film by past student tutors (in German and English) on the Summer University in July 2015 as well as their report (in German) are available here.

 

A poem by a past course participant on the Summer University can be found here.

 

You want to stay with a German host family in a different German city prior or after the Summer and Winter University? For detailed information please click here.

 

 

 

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