International Student Office

Summer Course on German Language and Culture: July 18–August 15, 2018


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

Local excursions are offered weekly as an integral part of the academic program. These feature a city tour of Oldenburg and Bremen, a trip to the North Sea coast, to nearby towns etc. Participants thus get a deeper cultural 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 and its focus 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?

Participants earn 6 ECTS credit points for attending the four-week German course. Transfer of grades must be arranged at the home university’s German department. Coursework can be graded.

Am I eligible?

The course is designed for students studying German at a level of A2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This translates roughly into the level of second-year/second-year plus German students. Applicants should have attended 200–350 German lessons before the start of the summer course.

The course addresses students from our partner universities in the US, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Students from other partner universities are welcome to join the group on a space available basis.

Where and when?

The course will take place from July 18–August 15, 2018 at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

Classes will be held from 9 am til 3 pm every day (except for excursions on Wednesdays).

What does it cost?

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

Buddy System

Each student will be matched with an Oldenburg student, his/her »buddy.« The Oldenburg buddy supports you during your time in Oldenburg and introduces you to German student life.


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 do not like cooking you can eat very inexpensively at the university cafeteria (full lunch from EUR 2).

How do I 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)

Please send in your application no later than March 6, 2018.

Keep in mind that every participant has to apply through his university. Please note: Your application does not mean that you are selected automatically! A selection panel will evaluate each set of application carefully. Your language skills are a crucial criterion for selection. 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 programme.

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