Information about the course programme

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Core elements of the International Summer School are the german classes, the academic lectures and seminars, the seminar for german teachers (DAF Fortbildung) and the varied cultural programme around the course.

The course is not only about language proficiency, but also about strengthening your oral communication skills and immersing into german academic fields, german communication and culture.

Course days: 18 course days (in total approx. 85-90 hours à 45 min. including afternoon courses)

ECTS-credits: up to 5 ECTS points

Number of participants: 90-100, each group approx. 15 persons

Target group: Students and graduates of all subjects, teachers of German as a Foreign Language, friends of german language and culture

Course offerings:

  • german language courses for basic, middle and high levels (generally in the mornings 9-12:30h)
  • academic lectures and seminars (for high levels) (approx. at 6 afternoons 14-16h)
  • conversation classes (for basic and middle levels) (approx. at 6 afternoons 14-16h)
  • coached project classes with different subjects (e.g. creative writing, history of Trier, favorite places)
  • certificate "Didactics and Methodology of German as a Foreign Language" (for high levels)

Contens of the german classes: Language courses from A1 to C1/C2 level. The language courses cover elementary, intermediate and advanced levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1). The main course goal is to deepen and expand practical language skills in the areas of reading and listening comprehension as well as speaking and writing. The courses focus on improving grammatical, lexical, and idiomatic skills. Authentic texts from common media, literature and science are used.

Course completion: Final exams and graded certificate (CEFR/GER). After successful participation in the classes and the exams you will receive a graded certificate with 5 ECTS points.

Sample Brochure

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Here you find a sample of our course brochure. It only gives an indication, and should not to be interpreted as an absolute reference. Our course programme is similar each year, but differs primarily in the content of the seminars and lectures.

Language Levels - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/GER)

C2 (Mastery)

The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker. Example: CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text, reading almost as quickly as a native speaker.

C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)

The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics. Example: CAN deal with hostile questioning confidently. CAN get and hold onto his/her turn to speak.

B2 (Vantage)

The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics. Example: CAN show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

B1 (Threshold)

The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with nonroutine information. Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

A2 (Waystage)

An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts. Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

A1 (Breakthrough)

A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.


Additional certificate for teachers: German as a foreign language

Further education classes are offered for German teachers and advanced students of German Studies. In these classes, current didactic methods and pedagogical concepts in the field of German as a Foreign Language will be discussed as well as concepts of grammar instruction and vocabulary work, comprehension and understanding of texts, media didactics, e-learning in German as a Foreign Language lessons, intercultural didactics and new teaching materials.

Completion: In order to obtain this additional certificate, participants need to attend the advanced level german class (C1/C2), as well as the additional seminars and lectures (approx. 40 hours).
Upon completion of this additional programme, a certificate will be awarded ("Zertifikat Didaktik und Methodik Deutsch als Fremdsprache", 8 ECTS points including German classes).

Academic lecture and seminar programme

An interdisciplinary lecture and seminar programme is provided by the faculties of Language and Literature, Politics and History, Social Science and Economy, Geography, Pedagogy and Media Sciences.





Cultural programme

Among other things, the cultural programme contains:

  • An excursion on the Mosel River (with visit to a traditional wine museum)
  • Excursions to Luxembourg and France (including guided tours)
  • Trier and its Roman heritage: city tours, museum visits
  • Concerts, hikes, international dinner and student life in Trier

On all these events, you will be accompanied by our tutors.

Information about the city of Trier:

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