Bodensee Summer School (IBH) 2017

Intensive German language course and much more - your summer at Lake Constance

For international students starting their studies in the winter semester at one of the IBH universities (a network of universities in the Lake Constance area) as well as students from one of the University of Konstanz’s partner universities, a German intensive course is always offered in August. Participants receive instruction at their own language ability level - whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. In addition to the language courses, supplementary activities are offered in the afternoons and sometimes on the weekends. These include presentations on history, culture and politics as well as (city) tours and excursions throughout the Lake Constance region. The Bodensee Summer School is organised by the International Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) in cooperation with the University of Konstanz’s International Office and Language Institute (SLI).

IBH summer school

In addition to the language courses, regional and cultural activities are offered in the afternoons and sometimes on the weekends. These include presentations on history, culture and politics as well as (city) tours, excursions throughout the Lake Constance region and visits to participating IBH universities. The Bodensee Summer School 2017 is organised by the University of Konstanz’s International Office in cooperation with the Language Institute (SLI).

Cost for the German intensive course and supplementary activities: 380 euros (74 classroom hours, a language proficiency test, class material, 4 lectures and supplementary regional and cultural activities). Please note: If you are not or will not be enrolled at an IBH university, the summer school costs 410 euros.

Accommodation and meals: When you register for the course, you can also book a single room from Seezeit student services for 360 euros. Meals are not included in this price. You can purchase meals at the cheaper student rates in the cafeteria (Mensa). 

The language course

Your teachers have completed philological training and are experienced teachers. Class size ranges from approx. 10-15 participants at different levels from A1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced).

Course content: listening comprehension, speaking skills, writing and reading (original) texts, all combined with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises. The beginner courses (often) use a text book. The intermediate and advanced courses have an increased focus on regional and cultural topics as well as on skills required of students (i.e. taking notes, giving a presentation).

Academic credit: certificate of attendance (either graded or ungraded) with 6 ECTS credits
Requirements: regular, active class participation (and contribution to discussions), presentations, homework (about 1 hour per day); a final test is required if you would like graded credit for the class.

More information about the IBH Summer School 2017 is available from your IBH host institution or via email.

Preview the programme
Tue, 1  August 2017, Arrival, pick-up at Konstanz train station, moving in to the residence hall
19:00 Meet up for the Biergarten “Stammtisch”

Wed, 2  August 2017 Registration, interviews and placement test, tour of the university, lunch,
9:00 - 13:00
afternoon Tour of the city followed by coffee and cake

Thu, 3 - Fri, 25August 2017 German course (74 classroom hours) - since two full-day excursions are planned, the class will take also place during two afternoons.

Mon 7 August 2017 Excursion to Meersburg, visit the castle and old town

Fr 11  August 2017 Full - Day - Excursion to Austria, hike down the Pfänder and spend time on your own in Bregenz. Tue 15 Aug 2017 Liechtenstein day: full-day excursion to the local festivities and national celebration in Vaduz, Lichtenstein. Thur 24 Aug 2017 IBH Summer School Quiz Night

Registration and payment

Registration deadline: 19 May 2017

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

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

Account holder: University of Konstanz

Universitaetsstrasse 10,

78457 Konstanz,


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




DE92 600 501 01 748 650 1274


IBH Summer School 2017, last name, first name

Payment deadline is 30 May 2017. Please note: The banking fee for international payments needs to be added to the course and accommodation costs.

Course fee and rental fee refunds when cancelling the course: You will receive

your money back if you cancel up to four weeks before the start

of the course. If you do not cancel the course at least four weeks beforehand,

your room rent will not be refunded.


If you are not enrolled or will not be enrolled in a IBH university, please ensure that you will have a valid visa during your stay at the summer school. If you are not sure about your visa, please contact the German embassy in your country or the German consulate in your region. If you require a letter of invitation, please write us an email. 

Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH)

The Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH) is a network of 30 universities in Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. The institutions within the IBH’s international network collaborate to create new study programmes, support research and development in cooperation with regional businesses and improve the educational opportunities available in the entire region over the long-term.

Everyone profits from having the IBH:

- The general population in the region benefits from having access to additional educational opportunities. The international cooperation among IBH members also increases graduates’ chances of successfully finding their first job. Students can make contacts in the surrounding countries during their study and training. Both the desire to gain international experience as well as the desire to keep close contact with an existing social network can be satisfied almost entirely.

- Local businesses - they benefit from the university network. Highly skilled professionals are more likely to stay in the region after graduating instead of leaving. At the same time, specialised study programmes can react quickly and with great flexibility to changing educational needs.

- The universities - collaboration allows the member institutions to share each other’s existing infrastructure like labs or high-tech devices. Student and lecturer exchanges promote positive synergies and intercultural understanding.

Two of the many IBH network projects include the collaboration between the IBH International Offices as well as the Bodensee Summer School programme that takes place at the University of Konstanz. 

Universities in the IBH network


Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Ravensburg

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Hochschule Furtwangen University

Hochschule Kempten University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG)

Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten - Technik, Wirtschaft, Sozialwesen

University of Education Weingarten

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen

University of Konstanz

Zeppelin University


University of Liechtenstein

International Academy of Philosophy


FH Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg

Schloss Hofen

Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium


FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences

HfH University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education

HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

HWZ University of Applied Sciences Zurich

NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs

Pädagogische Hochschule des Kantons St. Gallen

Pädagogische Hochschule Schaffhausen

Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau

Zurich University of Teacher Education

Schweizer Hochschule für Logopädie Rorschach

University of St. Gallen

University of Zurich

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)