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Summer and Winter University

Freiburg
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

Our Offer
  • Language classes in the morning, total of 72 teaching units (18 days with 4x45 minutes of class per day)
  • Exercise courses and seminars in the afternoon
  • Access to the self-study area at the language laboratory
  • Course material
  • Use of PC-Pools and Wireless LAN at the university
  • Meals at the university cafeteria (Mensa) at student rates
  • Participation in the free-time programme and excursions
  • Information and orientation for a course of studies at Freiburg University
  • City tour, museum visits and lectures on various topics
  • Accommodation upon request (in March, August and September)

 

700,- €
600,- € for ERASMUS students of the University of Freiburg
 

 

The Courses of the Summer and Winter University

The University of Freiburg has a century-long tradition of bringing people together in order to learn a new language and build new international contacts over the semester break. With the Summer and Winter University you can further develop your German or English language skills through intensive language training as well as practical language exercise courses and seminars. In addition, free-time activities both in and around Freiburg will give you valuable insights into German culture and lifestyle.

The Black Forest metropolis, as Freiburg is also called, lies at a tripoint - in close proximity to France and Switzerland - and is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Due to its modern infrastructure and its innovative environmental and energy policy Freiburg has been crowned the "Green City". The diverse cultural life of the city and the university's long-standing tradition of international orientation will ensure that the guests have a great and inspiring time.

 

 

Overview
Our Courses at a Glance - Dates and Fees
Language Courses
Rahmenprogramm
Accommodation
Registration
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Our Courses at a Glance
Dates and Fees

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March 2020
2 - 27 March 2020 from November 15, 2019
Arrival and check in: 2 March 2020
First day of class: 3 March 2020
Last day of class: 26 March 2020
Departure: 27 March 2020
Course Fee
700,- € » details
Courses Offered
German Language and Culture  Beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
» course description
Please find our English courses in March 2019 » here.
Accommodation
available: +380,- € » details
Special Offer
  • 100,- € discount for ERASMUS students at the University of Freiburg
  • 100,- € discount if you register for both courses in March and April 2020

 

April 2020
30 March - 17 April 2020 from November 15, 2019 
First day of class: 30 March 2020
Last day of class: 17 April 2020
Course Fee
700,- € » details
Courses Offered
German Language and Culture B1, B2, C1
» course description
Accommodation
not available - unfortunately, we cannot offer rooms in April.
Special Offer
  • offer includes 1 excursion and 2 special tours and lectures
  • 100,- € discount for ERASMUS students at the University of Freiburg
  • 100,- € discount if you register for both courses in March and April 2020

 

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July 2020
1 - 24 July 2020 from February 15, 2020
First day of class: 1 July 2020
Last day of class: 24 July 2020
Course Fee
700,- € » details
Courses Offered
German Language and Culture B1, B2, C1
» course description
Accommodation
not available - unfortunately, we cannot offer rooms in July.

 

August 2020
3 - 29 August 2020 from February 15, 2020
Arrival and check in: 3 and 4 August 2020
First day of class: 5 August 2020
Last day of class: 28 August 2020
Departure: 29 August 2020
Course Fee
700,- € » details
Courses Offered

German Language and Culture

Anfänger, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
» course description
German for Business and Economics B2/C1
» course description
German for the Tourism Industry B2/C1
» course description
Medical German B2/C1
» course description
German for Natural Sciences and Engineering B2/C1
» course description
Training for German Language Teachers C1/C2
» course description
Our English language courses in August can be found » here.
Accommodation
available: +380,- € » details
Special Offer
  • 100,- € discount for ERASMUS students at the University of Freiburg

 

September 2020
3 - 30 September 2020 from April 15, 2020
Arrival and check in: 3 September 2020
First day of class: 4 September 2020
Last day of class: 29 September 2020
Departure 30 September 2020
Course Fee
700,- € » details
Courses Offered
German Language and Culture  Anfänger, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
» course description
German for Business and Economics B2/C1
» course description
Medical German B2/C1
» course description
German for Natural Sciences and Engineering B2/C1
» course description
Our English language courses in September can be found » here.
Accommodation
available: +380,- € » details
Special Offer
  • 100,- € discount for ERASMUS students at the University of Freiburg

 

 

Language Courses

Unterricht Strohhaecker
Foto: Strohhäcker

Language Courses in the Morning

The language course takes place from Monday to Friday in the mornings. Each morning there are 4 teaching units (45 minutes each).


We offer the following language courses:

German Language and Culture

Language Levels: beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

Under the guidance of our highly qualified, committed and experienced teachers you can deepen and expand your oral and written competence of the German language.
The syllabus offers a variety of conversation exercises and discussions, current listening and reading texts combined with modern and task-based grammar training.
Specific study techniques such as reading strategies and presentation skills will also be practised.
The lessons follow the aims of communicative competence of the European Framework for Languages in an entertaining and inspiring way and will assist your independent learning process.

 

German for Business and Economics

Language Levels: B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

This German language course offers a variety of conversation exercises, classroom discussions as well as up-to-date reading and listening comprehension exercises covering numerous topics relevant to economics. These are, for example, such topics as banking, marketing, stock markets and business cycles which are combined with realistic grammar and vocabulary training. The language course will be complemented by exercises in business correspondence as well as presentations in the field of business management and will introduce you to the requirements of the Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch (PWD).
You must have successfully completed the German language level B1 to be able to participate in this special purposes course.

 

German for the Tourism Industry

Language Levels: B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

The main focus of this German language course is the acquisition of the language skills that are utilised on a daily basis in the tourism industry, e. g. in the hotel industry (reception, restaurant, kitchen) or at a travel agency. The course touches upon various tourism models, such as sustainable tourism, and discusses emerging trends. In addition, we will discuss what tourism is and what expectations German tourists have when they come to foreign countries. To accomplish this, different communication scenarios will be practised at the B2 language level with the reading of manuscripts, listening exercises, and further materials. Among other skills, participants will learn how to correctly comprehend a tour catalogue. A visit to a winery and an environmentally friendly hotel will be planned, should there be enough interest from the participants' side.
You must have successfully completed the German language level B1 to be able to participate in this special purposes course.

 

Medical German

Language Levels: B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

This German language course is intended for medical employees and medical students who want to improve their general German skills with a special focus on medical terminology and communication with patients and colleagues. Under the guidance of our highly qualified, committed and experienced language teachers you can discuss medical case studies and simulations like e.g. doctor-patient consultations and practise vocabulary and structures of medical reports. You can deepen and expand your oral and written competence while practising medical evidence terminology, discussing health system and hospital structure in Germany as well as aspects of intercultural communication.
You must have successfully completed the German language level B1 to be able to participate in this special purposes course.

 

German for Natural Sciences and Engineering

Language Levels: B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

This German language course is intended for participants from technical and science-oriented professions and degree courses. Technical terms frequently used in industry, engineering and science as well as useful phrases and grammatical structures will be practised with the help of authentic reading and listening comprehension tasks. Through discussions, simulations and the compilation of subject-relevant texts, for example reports, essays and emails, students will improve their spoken and written German.
You must have successfully completed the German language level B1 to be able to participate in this special purposes course.

 

Training for German Language Teachers

Language Levels: C1/C2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR)

This language course is intended for both experienced and aspiring instructors of German. Besides the upper-level language training our highly qualified, committed and experienced teachers will equip you with methodological and didactical tips and will introduce you to the latest teaching materials.
You must have successfully completed the German language level B2 to be able to participate in this special purposes course.

 

Exercise Courses and Seminars

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, e.g. history, literature,  film, environment, European policy, interculturality, etc. You will find the detailed programme in the course booklet upon arrival.

The seminars and exercise courses take place in the second and third course weeks, a total of 10 days with 2x45 minutes of class per day. Participation in max. 2 exercise courses or seminars is possible.

 

Certificate and ECTS Credits
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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)

 

 

ECTS

Requirements

language course in the morning 4 regular attendance and proof of performance
1 exercise course or seminar 1 participation in all sessions
1 exercise course or seminar 1 participation in all sessions
language laboratory
1 30x45 Min (1350 Min) of work
maximum number of ECTS credits 7  

 

Language Laboratory

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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.

 

Free-Time Programme

Augustinerplatz
Foto: Karl-Heinz Raach

Free-Time Activities

Explore Freibung and the surrounding region with your new friends. Our student tutors organise city tours, pub crawls, game and cooking nights, museum visits, as well as daytrips and hiking tours in the region.

A week during the Summer and Winter University could look like this:

SWU Examples Free-Time Activities
 

Excursions

There will be a number of Saturday or Sunday excursions, for instance to Heidelberg, Lake Constance, to France or the Black Forest. We organize a full-day programme: a round trip, entry tickets and guided tours are included in the excursion fee.

You will find a detailed programme, dates and prices in the course booklet upon arrival.

 

 

Accommodation

Single rooms at student dormitories and shared private flats in Freiburg may be arranged upon request in March, August and September. The rooms are simple student single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom.
 

Important Information
  • Flats and dormitories are located in different buildings and city districts. The university/city centre can be reached by bus or tram in 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 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 with various ethnic backgrounds within the same unit.
  • The buildings and rooms may differ in age, size and floorplan.
  • Due to organisational reasons, the room will be assigned to you. It is not possible to change the room.
  • Single rooms measure between 12 and 15 m² in size. They are furnished with a bed, cupboard, table and chair.
  • A blanket and a pillow are provided.
  • IMPORTANT: please bring your own bed linen (a pillowcase, a top sheet or a blanket cover and a bed sheet). These are not provided. Please note: sleeping without bed linen is not allowed!
  • There is no guarantee that cooking utensils will be available in the kitchen.
  • You will be responsible for the cleanness of your room and of the shared rooms (kitchen, bathroom).
  • The rooms are only available from arrival day until departure day. You will have to leave your room clean on the departure day at 10:00 a.m. at the latest.
  • Only you are allowed to stay in your room.
  • The exact address of your room will be given to you on the day of arrival.

 

Room Fee


380,- €

 

Tips for Finding a Room

Should you arrive before or leave after the stated course dates and need accommodation in Freiburg or if you want to look for a room on your own, the following links might be helpful:


(The Language Teaching Centre does not assume any liability for the above links.)

 

 

Registration
Registration and Payment
  • All participants who have reached the age of 17 by the start of the course are welcome to join the Summer and Winter University.
  • Meeting other international students is something that makes the Summer and Winter University a multicultural experience for our participants. This is why it is in your best interest that the ratio of places per course and the number of students with the same country of origin is limited.
  • 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 organise the participation of your student group in the courses? In this case, please do not fill in the online registration request, but contact us by 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)
  • SOFORT Überweisung (instant bank transfer)
  • Bank transfer

 

Online Placement Test

To ensure that you will be learning in a class group corresponding to 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.

 

Visa and Insurance
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.

Insurance

As a Summer University student you are not 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.

 

Withdrawal

Registration is binding.

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

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

 

Applicaton
for the Winter University in March 2020 (2 - 27.03.2020)
 
 
 

Application is open from November 15, 2019 until January 31, 2020
In case the courses are fully booked before 31 January 2020, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
for the Winter University in April 2020 (30.03. - 17.04.2020)
 
 
 

Application is open from November 15, 2019 until February 28, 2020
In case the courses are fully booked before 29 February 2020, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
for the Summer University in July 2020 (1 - 24.07.2020)
 
 
 

Application is open from January 15 until June 15, 2020
In case the courses are fully booked before 15 June 2020, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
for the Summer University in August 2020 (3 - 29.08.2020)
 
 
 

Application is open from February 15 until June 30, 2020
In case the courses are fully booked before 30 June 2020, we will have to close the application earlier.

   
for the Summer University in September 2020 (3 - 30.09.2020)
 
 
 

Application is open from April 15 until July 31, 2020
In case the courses are fully booked before 31 July 2020, we will have to close the application earlier.

 

 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Freiburg?

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. 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

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

Tip: Plan your journey with

 

How can I get around in Freiburg?

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 buses 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 by bicycle or on foot.

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.

 

 

Where can I eat?

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 upon 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.

 

You can find more detailed information about Mensa on the pages of the Studierendenwerk Freiburg (SWFR).


What is Freiburg like?

Studenten vor KGII
Foto: Sebastian Bender

KG I
Foto: Peter Mesenholl

The university town Freiburg is the sunniest city in Germany and lies at a tripoint - in close proximity to France and Switzerland.

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 2017 about 18% of the students were international students.

 

 

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

 

University of Freiburg
Language Teaching Centre (SLI)
Universitätsstraße 5
79098 Freiburg
Germany

sommer.winter@sli.uni-freiburg.de

 

Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Co-Director of Studies

Tel: +49 761 203-8980
Fax: +49 761 203-8959

 

Margarete Zink
Dr. Margarete Zink
Co-Director of Studies

Tel: +49 761 203-8980
Fax: +49 761 203-8959

 

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Christina-Maria Husada
Project Assistant

Tel: +49 761 203-8981
Fax: +49 761 203-8959

 

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Marlena Reichel
Project Assistant

Tel: +49 761 203-8981
Fax: +49 761 203-8959

 

 

Johannes Strohhäcker
Johannes Strohhäcker
Project Assistant

Tel: +49 761 203-8982
Fax: +49 761 203-8959

 

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Mai Ito
Student Assistant

 

Julia Beuter
Julia Beuter
on parental leave

 

 

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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