Christine Trappe


Summer course on German language and culture

Unfortunately, the summer course in July/August 2024 will not take place.

Instead, take part in our five-day online course (08 to 12 July 2024) for a gentle introduction to the German language and to get to know the University of Oldenburg, at no charge!


Our Summer Course is an intensive German language course taught by an experienced and professional teacher for students with no prior knowledge of German. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted. The course covers 100 hours and focuses on the standard use of spoken and written German and on central issues 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 programme. These feature a city tour of Oldenburg and Bremen, a trip to the North Sea coast, to nearby towns etc. Participants will thus get a deeper cultural understanding of Northern Germany. Expenses for the German course and excursions are covered by the University of Oldenburg.

Why should I join?

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.

What is so special about Oldenburg ?

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 with no prior knowledge of German (level of A1.1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The course addresses students from our partner universities.

Where and when?

The course takes place in July and August at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

Classes are 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, their "buddy." Your buddy supports you during your time in Oldenburg and introduces you to German student life.


You will be assigned a single furnished room in a student dormitory 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 3 EUR).

How do I apply?

To apply for the Summer Course, please contact the International Office of your home university. Please hand in the application form (will be provided soon) through your home university.

Please note: Your application does not mean that you are selected automatically! A selection panel will evaluate each set of applications carefully. The successful candidate will be contacted by email confirming his/her acceptance in the programme shortly after the application deadline.

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