Teaching format: The summer school consists of a mix of lectures, seminar discussions, workshops and field trips. Students are encouraged to present their own research ideas and to propose topics and materials for the workshop sessions. Readings and materials will be distributed to accepted applicants 3 weeks before the summer school.

Eligibility: The summer school is particularly aimed at graduate students, but also invites post-graduate students (M.A., M.Ed., PhD candidates) of all disciplines to apply. Moreover, applications of outstanding BA students will also be considered. The number of participants is limited to 25.

Language: Texts, talks, and discussions will be both in English and German.

ECTS: Participation in the summer school is rewarded with 6 ECTS for full participation and preparation of assigned materials; 9 ECTS for participants presenting a research project / workshop material or a written assignment after class; and 12 ECTS for participants presenting a research project / workshop material and a written assignment. Written assignments may include term papers, response papers, conference reports, or articles published in the student online journal forsch!

Costs: Participants will have to cover costs for their own travel and accommodation. The organizers will provide a list of reasonably priced hostels and hotels prior to the summer school. The tuition fee for the summer school is 40,00 Euros (early bird-registration, i.e. transfer within 14 days after application) or 60,00 Euros (regular registration, i.e. transfer later than 14 days after application). Tuition fees cover teaching materials, entry fees to the museum and the cinema, coffee breaks and refreshments during the day, and the conference dinner.

Application: Write a motivation letter (up to one page of text; pdf format) that explains your interest in the summer school and fill in the online registration form. You'll receive a confirmation e-mail with bank details and will be asked to transfer the tuition fee (indicating dates for early bird fee or regular fee). Enrollment is complete only after the transference of the fee. 

Letter of motivation: The letter of motivation should explain your interest in the summer school and give us an insight into your background: Do you have any previous knowledge or experiences with Animal Studies? What is your disciplinary background? We would also like to know whether you have a specific interest in an Animal Studies-related aspect? Do you have a suggestion for a material that may be discussed in one of the workshops (e.g. a literary or a visual text, a secondary source, ...)? Do you already have a research project related to the field of Animal Studies that you want to present at the summer school? The letter should not exceed one page of text and needs to be uploaded in pdf format with the registration form.  


Registration form

Here is the link to the online registration form.

E-mail animalstudies(at)uni-oldenburg.de if you have any difficulties or questions concerning the application process.