Who can apply?
You can apply when you fulfill the following requirements. You are/have:
- Currently, and for the time of the summer school, enrolled at a university
- 18 years or older
- English proficiency of at least CEFR B2
How do I apply?
Please fill in the online form on our website after you have read and agree with our terms and conditions. We will contact you as soon as possible and send you a detailed application form. The application form needs to be sent to us either by regular mail, by fax or by scan (e-mail).
Apply via e-mail
Apply via post
Hochschule Fresenius Summer School
Im MediaPark 4c
50670 Köln · Germany
Apply via fax
+49 (0)221 973199-91
- Please attach the following to your application
- Recently-taken photo of yourself
- Proof of CEFR B2 English Level
- Your CV
- Proof of enrolment at a university
Upon receival of your application you will be sent a note, if your application is complete. Once your application documents have been reviewed, you will be informed via e-mail whether you are accepted for the summer program or not. Please note that your registration becomes binding upon written confirmation from Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Applicants have the right to cancel their participation within a 14-day period commencing the day of receiving the confirmation. The invoice will be sent after the application deadline (May 15th 2018) and has to be paid within 14 days (until 30th May 2018 at the latest). Your registration will only be valid upon receipt of payment. If applicable, we will send the confirmation letters for visas after the receipt of payment. It is not recommended to book flights and accommodation as well as to start the visa application before having received the invoice (May 15th 2018). Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences will not compensate for any further costs which have not been invoiced by Hochschule Fresenius, such as flight tickets, visa, accommodation etc.
When do I have to apply?
Application deadline is May 15th, 2018. Students requiring a visa to enter Germany should contact us as early as possible.
Do I need to take an English Test?
The language of instruction of our summer school is English. Therefore, it is very important that participants speak and understand English on a high level. Thus, a proof of English proficiency (minimum Level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) needs to be sent with the application. If you are in any doubt about your English language proficiency, please contact us before applying.
When do I pay the fees?
Upon acceptance to the summer program please transfer the full amount as indicated in the invoice (that you will receive by e-mail) after the application deadline (May 15th 2018). The amount has to be paid within 14 days after the receipt of the invoice, at the latest by 30th May 2018. Your registration will only be valid upon receipt of payment. All bank fees have to be paid by the applicant.
How can I cancel my participation?
You have the right to cancel your participation at no charge within a 14 day period commencing the day of receiving the confirmation. After this period, your registration becomes binding and fees have to be paid upon receipt of the invoice after the application deadline. For cancelations after the payment deadline on 15th May, 2018, please note the following conditions:
- Cancelation until June 1st 2018: 50% refund of the fee
- Cancelation after June 1st 2018: no fees are refundable
Cancelation caused by unforeseeable circumstances of the applicant will be subject to individual examination. All bank fees have to be paid by the applicant.
Terms & Conditions
- Participants need to be at least 18 years of age and need to be enrolled as a student at a university, for the entire duration of the summer school.
- Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences reserves the right to cancel the summer program due to unforeseeable circumstances or if there are less than 10 participants by 15th May 2018. In case of cancelation, the affected participants will be notified (at the latest four weeks prior to the start of the program) and will receive a full refund of all fees paid up until that point. Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences will not compensate for any further costs which have not been invoiced by Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, such as flight tickets, visa, accommodation etc.
- Cancelation of lectures or other parts of our summer school program as a result of illness, unforeseeable events or developments may occur. In such a case, participants are not entitled to have such lectures or other parts taken place or carried out.
- A change of teaching staff and changes in the course content do not entitle the participant to a resignation from the contract or to a reduction of the course fees.
- Hochschule Fresenius is not liable for any accidents occurring while traveling to and from Berlin and Munich. The liability of Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences for any damage occurring during the program (including excursions, social activities etc.) is limited to the extent legally possible.
- The place of jurisdiction is Germany, thus, German law applies. • For the official program of our summer school the attendance is compulsory. Only with an attendance of at least 80% we can award credit points (find more information on credit points in this document).
- In the interest of all, respectful and orderly conduct is generally expected from everybody. Severe infringement of such conduct may lead to exclusion from the summer program. Students are expected to be on time for classes. Program Information
What is included in the Course Fee?
Course fees generally include:
- Tuition fee
- Health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory)
- Public transport ticket for central Berlin (zone AB) and Munich
- Most parts of the optional culture and leisure time program
- A certificate confirming the grades received and the awarded ECTS (credit points) Participants will cover additional costs for individual expenses.
What is not included in the Course Fee?
- Meals and drinks (exceptions are specified in the program)
- Costs for supplies
- Cultural and leisure time activities which are not mentioned in the official program.
Will I receive any Credits?
Upon successful completion of the course and the examination, students will receive credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and a certificate of attendance. For more information on the ECTS system please have a look here. For the successful participation in our summer school we award 5 ECTS. Students are advised to check accreditation with their home institution in advance. The certificate of attendance and grades will be sent to your home address.
Will there be exams and will I receive grades?
In order to receive a grade (and thus receive credits), participants need to pass exam(s) (presentation, assignment). Grades will be based on participation and regular attendance in class and class excursions and on the examinations. If students attend less than 80% of the official program (without cause), they will not receive grades, credits nor a certificate of attendance. Students are expected to be on time for classes.
Hochschule Fresenius explanation of grades
- 1,0 – 1,5 Excellent (outstanding achievement)
- 1,6 – 2,0 Very Good (achievement substantially above average requirements)
- 2,1 – 2,5 Good (achievement above average requirements)
- 2,6 – 3,5 Satisfactory (achievement corresponding to average requirements)
- 3,6 – 4,0 Sufficient (achievement barely meeting the requirements)
- 4,1 – 5,0 Fail (achievement which does not meet the requirements)
Is attendance compulsory?
Yes, attendance is compulsory for the entire official program. Absence is only excused in cases of illness or emergency. Students with less than 80% attendance will not receive credits nor a certificate of attendance. Students are expected to be present on the first day of class.
What happens if I am ill?
In case of absence from class due to illness you will have to provide a certificate from a doctor. We will provide you with a list of doctors who speak English on the first day of class. All participants receive a health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory) for the duration of their program. Usually, students have to pay first for treatment and get reimbursed by the insurance later.
Are there scholarships available?
We are very sorry to say that we do not award scholarships. Please ask the International Office of your home university for further advice.
When and how do I obtain reading material for the summer program?
All material needed, will be handed out during classes. No advance reading is necessary.
Do I need a visa?
Please contact a German consulate in your home country about visa requirements as early as possible (at least 8 weeks prior to the trip). Students from certain countries may enter Germany with a passport only and remain for up to three months without a visa. If your home country does not have such an agreement with Germany, you must procure a tourist visa, which covers the period of the Summer School; you should apply for such a visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. It is also recommended to bring along a document (i.e. from your parents or funding agency) that certifies that you can cover the costs e.g. of living expenses. Sometimes, an embassy wants to see the insurance package. In this case, please contact us as early as possible so we can send it to you.
For general visa information, please see the following web site of the German Foreign Office www.auswaertiges-amt.de. If you plan to travel before/during/after the International Summer School to other countries, please make sure to apply for a multiple entry visa for Germany.
Do I need insurances?
Each participant will automatically be insured with a travel health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory). Please be aware, however, that the insurance package only covers the official period of the Summer School program. Thus, you are insured from August 5th – 24th 2018. This also corresponds with the general move-in and move-out dates. The insurance package covers your stay in Germany and in any other EU-country, as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
If you plan to arrive earlier or plan to stay on after the course, you need to buy further insurance individually. More information on the mandatory insurance package is available in the pre-departure info package and upon arrival. Please notice, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is not liable for any medical expenses or accidents. All students will receive a list of English speaking general practitioners as well as a list of general emergency numbers upon arrival.
When and where do I need to arrive in Berlin?
The official arrival day for participants is Sunday, August 5th, 2018. As Berlin has a very good public transportation system, you should easily find your way to your accommodation. Berlin has two big airports: Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) and Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF). Berlin also has a central bus station (ZOB) and a central train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof). For directions, please see the section on accommodation. The program will end in Munich on Friday evening, August 24th, 2018.
We recommend NOT to make any travel arrangements before having received the invoice (May 15th 2018).
Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences – like most German private universities – does not own any student residence halls.
To support you, we have reserved appropriate off-campus accommodation at student hostels in Berlin and Munich for the duration of the program. Students can choose between staying in a 2 or 4-bed-dorm or a single room (limited availability). Both types of rooms include breakfast. Please let us know in your application if you would like to stay in one of these reserved rooms or if you will arrange for your own accommodation.
Rooms have been reserved for the following dates:
- Move-in date: Sunday, August, 5th
- Move-out date: Saturday, August 24th
In case you would like to stay in one of the reserved rooms, we will provide you with contact details of the hostels in order to book a room and arrange payment with the hostel directly. Contracts of accommodation are closed between the hostel and the student. Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences cannot be held liable for any issues concerning accommodation.
- Bed in a 2 or 4-bed dorm/per night: 35 – 45€*
- Single room (limited!)/per night: ~65€*
You have the possibility to arrange your own accommodation. In the following, please find a list of selective reasonably-priced youth / students accommodation in Berlin and Munich:
Student Apartments & Flat Share:
Flats or Private Rooms:
Do I have access to the library?
As a registered Summer School student you will be able to use the university’s library. Unfortunately, your status will not allow you to take out any books for use outside the reading rooms during your stay in cities of Berlin and Munich. Anyway, our library is rather small and most sources can be accessed online.
Is there computer/internet access? Can I bring my laptop?
You will have free access to the PC terminals in the university and free Internet access. Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences does not offer EDUROAM internet access. Given the limited hours and terminals, though, it does make sense to bring your personal laptop.
Please be aware that you will need a European plug-in adapter and that the voltage might differ from country to country (Electricity in Germany is 220 Volts). In the main building you will have access to Wireless LAN (WLAN). Berlin has plenty of Internet cafés all over the city. There is also a Wi-Fi possibility at most of the accommodations.
Where can I get information about Berlin and Munich?
The easiest way is to consult the internet. Here are the official websites of the cities of Berlin and Munich, which is designed for tourists:
Can I use public transport in Berlin and Munich?
Tickets for the center of Berlin and Munich are included in the course fee. Tickets will be handed out to you on the first Monday of the program. Both cities have a very good public transportation system (underground trains, trams, buses) which is safe and widely used. Service after midnight is mostly carried out by night busses or subway trains.
Further information regarding public transport in Berlin can be found in English on the website of the BVG: www.bvg.de
Further information on the public transport system of Munich can be found on: www.mvv-muenchen.de
Can I travel during the summer school?
The Summer School is first of all an academic program. Participants are expected to be present and well prepared for class during the program. We strongly recommend to travel either before or after the summer program. Please be aware, though, that the insurance package only covers the official period of the summer school program and that you need to buy further insurance individually. Also, make sure that your visa is valid for travelling across borders. No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this