International Summer University FAQs

Yes. The deadline is the 31st May of the particular year.

Upon the successful completion of the academic program you will receive 6 ECTS credits. Additional 3 ECTS credits will be awarded for the successful participation in the German language course.

Credits will only be awarded upon passed examinations.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System [ECTS] is a student-centered system based on the workload required to achieve the objectives of a course. The organization's aim is to facilitate student mobility and therefore simplify the process of credit transfer. The system is based on the assumption that 60 credits equals the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study program in Europe approximately amounts to 40 weeks per year and in this case one credit equals 24 to 30 working hours. For more information on ECTS please visit the homepage of the European Union.

Students, who want to participate in the ISU, have the possibility to apply for financial subsidies. If you want to apply for a More information: More information: scholarships

Yes. If you got accepted for the program and also accepted the offer, you need to pay a service fee of 250 Euro. This service fee will not be refunded under any conditions. The date of rescission during the particular year will influence the amount of the already paid program fee that will be refunded. (Until March 31st: 100%, until April 30th: 75%, until May 31st: 50%, until June 15th: 25%). No refunds will be issued after the June 15th of the particular year of the program.

  • all course materials including material and a supplementary reading list (all documents on a USB-stick)
  • free public transport in Giessen
  • accommodation in shared twin rooms including breakfast and Wi-Fi (in your hotel room and on campus)
  • field trips to Hamburg and Berlin
  • two Day Trips to leading German biotechnology companies (Merck and EMBL)
  • a health, liability and accident insurance
  • participation in most Social Events

This depends highly on your nationality and your country of general residency. In some cases, you need to visit the German embassy in order to apply for a “Schengen VISA”. More information: Federal Foreign Office - VISA regulations

A health, liability and accident insurance is included in the program fee. This insurance is valid ONLY for the duration of the program. You can find more detailed information here: Insurance

We offer two programs in order to give more students from different academic backgrounds the opportunity to experience a summer in Giessen. The U.S. – German Summer School is a program about international and comparative law, the International Summer University is rather interdisciplinary and covers topics such as intellectual property law, biotechnology, business and economics.

Social Events and Field Trips are mostly the same for both programs and most of the time you will be in neighboring classrooms. Even though you are in different hotels, don’t feel like the programs are completely separated. Rather see it as the chance to get to know even more interesting people from all over the world.

Yes. Of course, you can arrive earlier and depart later. Please keep in mind, that we CAN'T provide accommodations for the extra time, only for the duration of the program. Make sure that you arrange accommodation for additional days on your own.

In early June, approximately 6-4 weeks before the program starts we will set up facebook groups so that you guys can get into contact with each other before you will meet here in Giessen.

This is a very individual questions that is not easy to answer. It highly depends on your habits and how many activities outside of the program you want to participate in. We calculated that you would use between 15 and 20 Euro per day.

In general, it’s most common to pay cash, also in bars and restaurants. Therefore, it’s advisable to always have some cash money on hand. Apart from that, you can pay with debit or credit card with a PIN number to be used at all ATMs. If you have a credit card without PIN number, you may have problems, paying in smaller shops and restaurants, as they may not accept the credit card.

There are laundry facilities in town. Before arrival you will get a little guide on lots of practical things and how they are done in Giessen. This guide will list the address of the laundry facility nearest to your hotel.

This highly depends on your country of origin. In general, there is a voltage of 230, meaning that you might get problems using electrical devices designed for a lower voltage than that without an internal voltage converter. Most electrical devices such as smartphones and laptops are equipped with these but please make sure about the equipment of your devices. Devices such as hair dryers for example are mostly not equipped with an internal voltage converter so they might only work very slow, very fast (danger of overheating!) or not at all. Concerning plugs, Germany uses type C and type F plugs. Sockets are mostly type F (which fit type C and type F plugs). Very rarely there are type C sockets (which only fit type C plugs).

Type C Type F

If you have any physical impairments, nutritional or other dietary restrictions, please let us know as early as possible in advance so that we can help you making all necessary arrangements.

Breakfast will be provided in form of a buffet in your hotel and in the hostels on our field trips. Other meals are not included, but you will be given a Mensa card for inexpensive meals on campus (student reduced prices), which you can charge with your own money. There will be three occasions where we will provide dinner in the form of catering: Welcome Day, Summer BBQ Party, Closing Ceremony.

Participants of the ISU will stay in the local “Hotel Köhler”. You can see pictures, as well as additional information right here and on their homepage.

Please be aware, that medical service can't be provided for every minor complaint. The sport events of the program will be supplied by medical service. At those events the German Red Cross and an ambulance are present to be able to help immediately in the case of an emergency. If it's necessary, the invalid will most likely be transported to one of the following hospitals:

  • The UKGM
  • The St. Josef Krankenhaus Balserische Stiftung
  • The Akaplesion EKH Mittelhessen

For illnesses that only require seeing a doctor, we work together with doctors of our confidence. The decision for a particular doctor will be made from case to case. If you need additional detailed information concerning the insurance policy, please contact the Summer Schools Team via e-mail or phone.

In the case of an emergency the Summer School Team can be reached via our emergency phone which will rotate between all team members. Someone will be in reach anytime. The number will be announced as we get closer to the actual start of the program and will be listed in our Pre-Arrival Guide as well.

Generally speaking, participation in Social Events is optional but participation in Academic Events is mandatory.

    Mandatory Events include:
  • All classes
  • Tours of the Biomedical-Research-Centre and the Interdisciplinary-Research-Centre
  • Welcome Presentation on Welcome Day
  • Information Session about studying in the state of Hesse
  • Both Business Day Trips
  • Berlin - city tour by bus, visit of the German establishment of the European Parliament, visit of the German Bundestag, visit of Potsdam and Castle Sanssouci
  • Hamburg - city tour by bus, visit of the Law Office, visit of the concentration camp Neuengamme
  • Closing Ceremony

    Optional Events include:
  • City Rally and Welcome Dinner on Welcome Day
  • Sports Day
  • Laser Tag
  • Summer BBQ Party
  • Rhine Valley Day Trip
  • Visit to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

Yes, there is an attendance policy. You are allowed two absences for your classes in the morning and one for the German language course without any consequences. There is no distinction between classes and other academic events, so as an example if you do not show up for our guided tour through the German Bundestag this will count towards an absence to your classes in the. For any additional absences you will need to bring doctors note. Please be aware that being late will count as an absence, as well. If you do not excuse a third (or in the case of the German language course a second) absence, you are not allowed to write the final exam and will therefore be unable to receive academic credit.

Please be aware that all the lecturers and professors you had class with have to correct all exams one after another. Only after that we are able to calculate your grades and issue your certificates. After that they have to be signed by the officials. You will receive a version via mail, as well as an electronic version. Please make sure that we have your current address in our database. It is very important that you inform us if you move. We really want you to receive your certificate and don’t want to waste paper, as well as money for sending our several certificates to you.

Since we have students and teachers from all over the world in our classes, obviously the teaching language is English. To make sure that you will be able to follow the content discussed in class and also to make sure that you will be able to pass the exam, it is really important that you are proficient in English. Unfortunately, a letter from a teacher, a professor or a friend does not serve the purpose. We know that taking official tests such as the TOEFL, the Cambridge Certificate or the IELTS can be very expensive. Therefore, we accept certificates from English language courses at your university or certificates of Legal English classes. A proof that you have studied abroad in an English speaking country will also do the job. If you are unsure whether your certificate is sufficient, just contact the team. We are glad to answer all your questions.