The Winter School comprises two modules in "European Politics and Economics" and "German Language and Culture". The courses and excursions of both modules are compulsory for all participants within the Winter School and are covered by the program fee. Schedule (printable PDF)
Module "European Politics and Economics" (4 ECTS credits)
Academic introductory courses
Peace, power-sharing, the rule of law, and freedom constitute pivotal values for Europe and the European Union (EU). The Winter School places these four basic values at the core of its courses. Through an interdisciplinary variety of classes, workshops, lectures, and field trips, the participants will have the opportunity to explore, further investigate, and discuss these basic European principles – which can be seen as the cornerstones of more than 60 years of European Integration.
Module "German Language and Culture" (2 ECTS credits)
German Language Courses
The Winter Program includes three parallel German language courses on the proficiency levels A1-B2. Participation in the German language course is compulsory. The level of the language courses will depend on student's needs. Each course will be taught by qualified instructors of the Department of German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programs. Through an intercultural and communicative approach students will be actively involved in class to encourage language learning. The focus will be on speaking and listening to improve students' language competence in everyday situations.
Within the application form you will be asked to evaluate your German language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The European framework of reference distinguishes between six different reference levels of knowledge from the elementary use of language (A1) to the autonomous language ability (C2). On all reference levels “can-do” descriptors indicate what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level. For further details on the six levels see the following document: CEFR
An intercultural workshop will give participants an introduction to intercultural communication and the chance to reflect on their study abroad experience.