7 July 2023
Quo Vadis Europe? The EU and the Question of Identity
This program deals with the general dynamics of European Integration and with the EU as a unique political
system consisting of very diverse member states with distinct national cultures. The past decades have seen
the emergence of a plethora of challenges that could threaten the community’s “we feeling” – hence, what held
its societies together. Courses cover current European debates on the possibility of a European identity or even
a European “super state” and ask whether the EU is fit enough for the future.
In addition to these courses, the program offers students German language classes, an intercultural workshop
that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which
matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout the summer school (and before),
and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience local and student life in one
of Germany’s most historical university towns.
The Summer School includes two parallel German language courses on proficiency levels A1 (no German
knowledge) and A1-A2 (beginners). Participation in the German language course is compulsory. The courses
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.
For participants with a higher German language level (B1-C1), we will offer
the possibility of independently carrying out project work (or similar) in German in consultation with the T-IES
The T-IES Summer School II (on-site) is designed for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and with a strong general interest in Europe and the EU. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.
By familiarizing themselves with how collective identities are constructed, at the end of the course students will have solid knowledge about the process, potential benefits and pitfalls of identity-formation dynamics and what they can mean for processes of regional integration in Europe – knowledge which they can not only apply to Europe alone, but to other world regions as well.
EUR 2400: Early Bird application by January 10, 2023: €2,000
The price includes course fees, accommodation, and accompanying programme.
Partial financial support is available.