Lake Constance Summer School 2024

More than just a blended event! | Four weeks of German language, History and Culture | 29th July - 21th August 2024

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The "Lake Constance Summer School" is an offer of the AG International of the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association. It is financed by the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association and organized by the International Office and the Language Teaching Institute of the University of Constance.

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For international students who study in the winter semester at one of the partner university of the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association universities as well as for students from partner universities of the member universities, an intensive German language course is offered at the University of Konstanz every August at levels A1 (beginners) to B2 (advanced).

Learning German as a trip of discovery: This is how the idea of the Lake Constance Summer School can be described, which combines an intensive language course with workshops and excursions. 

The four-week intensive German language course is offered in a blended learning format: One week of digital learning in online courses followed by in persons on the campus of the University of Constance on Lake Constance. 

The face-to-face program included other language courses as well as excursions, for example to Neuschwanstein Castle or the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, and other joint activities. 

The "Lake Constance Summer School" is an offer of the AG International of the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association. It is financed by the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association and organized by the International Office and the Language Teaching Institute of the University of Constance.

Blended Format from 29.07. - 21.08.2024

Online: 29.07. - 02.08. - Face-to-face in Konstanz: 05.08. - 21.08.

Level: A1 - B2.2
76 teaching units
6 ECTS-Credits

€ 490,00 partner* - incl. social program - without accommodation
€ 590,00 external Partner - incl. social program - without accommodation

Social program includes BBQ, cultural excursions, boat cruise, social events, goodie bag and more …

Accommodation can be booked additionally (see below)

Registration from 10.02.

Lake Constance Summer School

The intensive language course comprises 76 teaching units in both online and face-to-face format:

Blended Format from 29.07. - 21.08.2024:
Online:               29.07. - 02.08.      4 lessons per day - from 13:00 - 16:00 (CEST - UTC+2h)
Face-to-face: 05.08. - 21.08.    4 lessons per day -form 09:00 - 12:30 plus workshop, excursions, party

The face-to-face part of the language course is complemented by an accompanying cultural programme in the afternoons. In addition to lectures on history, politics, economics and science, a variety of cultural and sporting activities, participants are encouraged to develop and present their own project. 

The Lake Constance Summer School program offers: 

  • intensive German lessons - for efficient and sustainable improvement of language skills 
  • Supplementary lectures - to deepen the regional knowledge of the Lake Constance region and the neighboring countries
  • Sightseeing and excursions - to broaden the individual experience with the people and culture of the Lake Constance region

The Lake Constance Summer School is suitable for students of all subjects with an interest in the German language and German-speaking countries.  

The Language Course

The teaching in the course groups from level A1.1. (beginners) to B2.2 (advanced) with a maximum of 15 participants is carried out by lecturers who have a university education in German as a foreign language and relevant teaching experience.

Content: The training of the four skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) on the basis of authentic material is combined with exercises on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Preparation for study and residence in the Lake Constance region is the focus.

Academic credit

  • an ungraded certificate of attendance with 6 ECTS* points is awarded for regular active participation, completion of homework (approx. 1 hour per day), preparation of a portfolio, active participation in a final presentation.  
  • in addition, a graded certificate of achievement may be awarded for participation in a final test.

* Please check in advance with you home university whether thes ECTS-Credits are vailid.



B&B Hotel Konstanz

Optionally you can reserve a double room with your registration with the following conditions.

around 65,00 per night per person / plus tax 5,6% ==> 17 nights à € 1.105,00 plus tax

You are also welcome to look for cheaper accommodation in Constance yourself. Further information on alternative accommodation options in Constance can be found here.

Hotels in Constance


Fees for students of the partner universities of the Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association and other universities

Course Fees:
490,00 Euro - partner universities 
590,00 Euro - other universities 

The fee includes the following services: 
76 lessons, placement test, teaching material, language certificate, 4 further lectures and the accompanying cultural programme.

Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee.


Registration and Payment


The online applications are open between 10. February and 31. May 

In order to prepare our language classes, please complete the Goethe Institute’s online placement test and enter your result in the registration form.
Likewise, we require a language biography.

The number of participants for the course is limited. We therefore recommend that you register as soon as possible. Please use the registration form.

Payment Information:

The payments are open on the 4th of April and the deadline is the 15th of June.

Transfer instructions: 

  • Account holder: Universitaet Konstanz
  • Address: Universitaetsstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz, GERMANY
  • Bank name: BW-Bank Konstanz
  • Bank address: Bodanplatz 6-8, 78462 Konstanz, GERMANY
  • IBAN: DE92 600 501 01 748 650 1274
  • REFERENCE: 861/13 - W4 Lake Constance Summer School 2024 Surname, Name

Please make sure you provide the correct reference. Only correctly referenced payments can be properly processed! Here is an example of a payment reference by the participant Max Mustermann:
861/13 - W4 Lake Constance Summer School 2024 Mustermann, Max

If your payment is late or missing, your registration will be discarded.

Please note also: The bank transfer fees has to be added on the amount required for payment of the course fees. Credit card payments are subject to extra charge of 4% of the payable amount.

Cancellation and refund of the course fees
The refund is possible if the cancellation is made no later than four weeks (01. July) prior the start of the Summer School.

Credit Card payments
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Visa Information

Travel documents:
Valid passport with visa (non-EU/EEA students coming to Germany).
An appropriate letter of invitation can be issued to apply for a visa. 

Valid passport for all other nationals, including EU citizens!

If you have further questions regarding the visa for your studies in the following semesters in Germany, Switzerland, Austria or Liechtenstein, please contact the International Office of your future Wissenschaftsverbund Vierländerregion Bodensee partner university.

Find an overview of which nationalities have to apply for a visa here.

Health insurance:

Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are automatically insured through their
EHIC card (GHIC for students from the UK). Students with non-EU/EEA nationality are requi-
red to take care of sufficient health insurance coverage for Germany themselves.

Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association

Who we are:

The Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association supports and facilitates cooperation between 25 higher education institutions around Lake Constance, across Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. World-leading research universities, universities of applied sciences, teacher training colleges, as well as music and art academies work together under our auspices, creating mutual synergies from their individual strengths and perspectives.

Our mission:

We develop innovative solutions for the region in transnational cooperation with industry and other non-academic partners. Close collaboration in these projects leads to long-term partnerships: we see our diverse approaches as a strength as we learn from one another and exploit new opportunities in knowledge transfer.

Social impact is at the centre of all our projects; be it in the form of innovative products and services, new societal alliances or evidence-based policy advice. To this purpose, our researchers work together with companies, policymakers and civil society. All partners are united in their understanding that the greatest challenges do not stop at state borders or system boundaries, and that the best results arise in collaboration between diverse stakeholders.

Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association

Universities of the Lake Contance Art and Sciences Association

Programme Overview (Subject to changes!)

German Language course

  • Teaching units plus workshops (74 teaching hours in total)
  • Lake Constance economic area modules (4 teaching units)
  • Intercultural workshop (2 teaching units)

Sightseeing Tour Constance: Afternoom

Total Sports Day: try out various sports

Excursion to the Meersburg Castle

Beach Volleyball Tournamen


The end of the Summer School