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2. - 27. August 2016


Arrival: 2. August 2016; Departure: 27. August 2016

For incoming international students who will be studying during the winter semester 2016/2017 at a higher education institution belonging to the institutional network of the International University of Lake Constance, and for students intending to study at IBH universities in the future, the University of Konstanz, Germany, will be offering an

Intensive German Language course at the levels “Grundstufe” (Basic Level/A1 – A2), “Mittelstufe” (Intermediate Level/B1 - B2) and “Oberstufe” (Advanced Level/C1-C1.2)

The language course will be accompanied by a welcome program in the afternoons and on a weekend. It includes lectures on history, art, culture and politics of Germany, as well as guided tours, visits to towns and excursions in the Lake Constance area. The Lake Constance Summer School will be organized by the International Office of the University of Konstanz in collaboration with the Language Institute of the University of Konstanz.

Course fee: € 380,-. The course fee covers the costs for the language course (76 teaching hours, placement test, teaching materials and the welcome program), but not the costs for room and board. (Please note: the course fee for individual applications, i.e. if you are not enrolled or going to be enrolled at an IBH member university is € 410.)

Room and Board: Accommodation will be in single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom in the halls of residence of the Student Welfare Service Konstanz and is priced at € 360. Meals can be taken in the student cafeteria of the University of Konstanz on student discount.


Philologically trained and experienced lecturers will teach groups of 10-15 participants at 8 to 10 different levels (basic, intermediate and advanced). All classes are taught in German.

Contents: listening comprehension, oral skills, writing and reading of (original) texts are combined with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises. In the basic level courses, a text book is used. In the intermediate and advanced levels, geographical and cultural topics as well as study-specific skills (e.g. notation exercises, presentation techniques) are on the syllabus.

Certificates: Graded or non-graded certificates of participation, with 6 ECTS credits

Requirements: regular active participation, homework (about 1 hour per day) and for a graded certificate an additional final test.

For more information on the Lake Constance Summer School 2016, contact your host university of the International University of Lake Constance (IBH) or send us an email.

Excerpt of the Preliminary Program:

Tue., 2. August 2016: Arrival, pick up at Konstanz station, moving into the halls of residence.
7 p.m. Get-together in a beer garden
Wed., 3. August 2016: Registration, German language assessment
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. test, university tour, lunch
afternoon: Guided tour through the old town of Constance, Kaffee & Kuchen

Thur., 4 to Fri., 26 August 2016

Intensive German Language Course
9 - 10.30 a.m. / 11 - 12.30 p.m. 76 lessons, introduction and language test (twice, there will be classes in the afternoon because of two all-day excursions)
Thur., 4 August 2016: Afternoon:Trip to Meersburg, visit of Castle and old town
Mon., 15 August 2016: Liechtenstein-Day: Exkursion to the principality of Liechtenstein for the occasion of the national holiday (“meet the prince”)
Sat., 20 August 2016: Trip to Dornbirn in Austria, hike on mount “Karren” and through the “Rappenloch” canyon
Tue., 23 August 2016: IBH Summer School Party



Application deadline: May 16, 2016.

For a better planning of the language classes we ask you to take the Goethe Institute Placement Test online and check your personal result on the registration form.

The number of participants of this course is limited. It is recommended that you register as soon as possible using the registration form.


Participation Fee: 380 EUR / 410 EUR (non IBH-members)

Single room in dormitory apartment: 360 EUR

In order to be definitely admitted to Lake Constance Summer School, we kindly ask you to submit the amount of 380,00/410,00 Euros (without accommodation ) or 740,00/770,00 Euros (with accommodation) to the following account until May 30th:

Account holder University of Konstanz

Universitaetsstrasse 10,

78457 Konstanz,


Bank name : BW-Bank Konstanz
Bank address:  Bodanplatz 6-8, 78462 Konstanz, GERMANY




IBH Summer School 2016, LastName, FirstName

DE92 600 50101 748 650 1274


Please make sure to add all international banking fees to the amount in question.

Refund of course fee and rent for accommodation in case of cancellation: 4 weeks prior to the start of the Lake Constance Summer School your payment will be refunded. When cancelling your participation later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the Summer School, the accommodation fee  cannot be refunded any more.


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If you are not enrolled at an IBH university please make sure that you will have a valid visa during the entire summer school! In case you are not sure about the regulations, contact the closest German embassy or consulate. If a letter of invitation is needed, do not hesitate to contact us by email.




Duale Hochschule BW-Ravensburg

Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen

Hochschule Furtwangen

Hochschule Kempten

Hochschule Konstanz HTWG

Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten - Technik, Wirtschaft, Sozialwesen

Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen

Universität Konstanz

Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen



Universität Liechtenstein

Internationale Akademie für Philosophie



Fachhochschule Vorarlberg

Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg

Schloss Hofen

Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium



FHS St. Gallen Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

HfH Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik

HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich

NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs

Pädagogische Hochschule des Kantons St. Gallen

Pädagogische Hochschule Schaffhausen

Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau

Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

Schweizer Hochschule für Logopädie Rorschach

Universität St. Gallen

Universität Zürich

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

ZHdK Zürcher Hochschule der Künste


Sustaining coherence – Learning from each other

Some information about the International University of Lake Constance:


The International University of Lake Constance is a network of 30 universities and colleges located in Germany, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. Cooperating across borders, this network offers new study courses, supports research and development in cooperation with regional companies and enhances the offer of education and advanced training programs in the long term.


Working transnationally, the IBH offers a consolidated higher education area for students, scientists and entrepreneurs. The IBH improves regional learning opportunities by promoting new study courses which are run collectively and across borders.


The success of the International University of Lake Constance proves advantageous to all:

- The population of the Lake Constance area – it benefits from additional offers of education and advanced training programs. Transnational cooperation increases the opportunities to successfully begin a career. Contacts in the surrounding region and the neighbouring countries can be established even during education. Thus, the desire for international experience and the concurrent preservation of existing social networks can be attained successfully.

- The economy – it benefits from the network of universities and colleges as highly qualified employees may rather remain in the Lake Constance region. Furthermore, universities and colleges will react flexibly with specialised study courses on new economic demands.

- The universities and colleges – they will benefit from each other by sharing available equipment such as laboratories and high-tech instruments. The exchange of scientists and students enhances potential synergies und establishes cross-cultural understanding.


The cooperation between the International Offices and the implementation of the Lake Constance Summer School at the University of Konstanz are only two among many projects within the IBH network.