International Student Office

Summer Course on German Language and Culture: July 20th – August 17th, 2016



This is a 100 hours intensive German language course taught by experienced and professional teachers. The course will focus on the standard use of spoken and written German and on cultural features of modern German society. Attention will be paid to developing all four skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing.

If you have any special requests regarding class content feel free to contact us. We will do our best to include your requests in our program.

Local excursions will be offered weekly as an integrated part of the academic program. These will feature a city tour of Oldenburg and Bremen, to the North Sea coast, to nearby towns etc. Participants will thus get a deeper understanding of Northern Germany. Expenses for the German course and excursions are covered by the University of Oldenburg.

Why? What will I get out of it?

Attending our Summer Course in Oldenburg will give you the opportunity to experience authentic German life. For a whole month you will immerse yourself in an entirely new setting with new people and a lot of interesting activities.

The University of Oldenburg is known for its wide range of research and teaching focused on cutting edge science and training. You will be getting the chance to be part of the University life for a month. This will give you an authentic impression of what studying in Germany is like. If you enjoy yourself you might think of returning (or staying on) as an exchange student and study at the University of Oldenburg.

Will I get credits for it?

Usually participants earn 9 ECTS credit points (workload: approx. 200–240 hours) for participating in the four-week German course. Accreditation must be arranged at the home university's German department. Coursework can be graded.




Second year/second-year plus German students (minor or major) from our American partner universities and students from other universities are welcome on a space available basis. The course is designed for students who are advanced beginners or whose German language proficiency is at a lower intermediate level.

Where and when?

The course takes place from July 20th – August 17th, 2016 at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

Classes will be held from 9 am til 3 pm every day (except for excursions, who will take place on Wednesday)

Buddy System

Each American student will be matched with an Oldenburg University student, his/her »buddy.« The job of the Oldenburg buddy is to support you during your time in Oldenburg and introduce you to the German student life.


Your university might charge tuition in order to acknowledge your credits earned in Ol­denburg. Please ask your advisor for further details.

Costs in Oldenburg:

  • approx. € 300 dorm room (single)
  • travel, insurance, and food


You will be assigned a single furnished room in one of the university dormitories for the time of your stay. There will be cooking facilities, washing machines and tumble dryers in the dorms.

If you don't like cooking you can eat very inexpensively in the university cafeteria. (Full lunch from 2 Euros.)

How to apply

Please apply through your university and hand in the following documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Proof of language proficiency (e.g. transcript, letter of recommendation)

Keep in mind that every participant has to apply through his university. Please note: Your application doesn't mean that you are selected automatically! A selection panel will evaluate each set of application carefully. An important selection criteria is your language skill. The successful candidate will be contacted by email confirming his/her acceptance in the programme shortly after the application deadline.



If you have any special requests regarding class content feel free to contact us. We will do our best to include your requests in our program.

For further information on the summer course please contact:

Tina Grummel
International Student Office 
phone 011 49 441 798-2457 
fax 011 49 441 798-2461