German Culture & SocietyWas ist Deutschland? (taught in German)
Healthtba (taught in English)
Intercultural Competencetba (taught in English)

You can set your priority either for the module "German Culture and Society", "Business" or "Health". The courses  take place at the same time!  You have to choose one course.

Each module is automatically complemented by the course "Intercultural Competence" as well as the German Language Course. Here you can soon find a detailed programme overview.

The course material andother internal information can be found on the eLearning platform Moodle.

Was ist Deutschland? German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context

Was ist Deutschland? German History, Culture, and Literature in an Intercultural Context

Tuesday-Saturday 13:00-14:30 (Germany); 7:00-8:30 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), in week 1 from July 5- July 11 2021;
Monday-Friday 13:00-14:30 (Germany); 7:00-8:30 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), in week 2 from July 12- July 18 2021;
Monday-Friday self-studies, presentation preparation, presentations, exam preparation and exam, in week 3 from July 19- July 25 2021

Dr. Cynthia Chalupa, Associate Professor of German and Language Program Director, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, West Virginia University

The couse´s syllabus can be found here


This seminar is designed to introduce students at all levels of German proficiency to German history and culture (1871-present) and to the concepts of intercultural communication and competence. The course is built around questions of German identity as they are addressed in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will examine issues of prejudice, stereotypes, and the challenges of intercultural communication and work creatively through discussions about art, literature, culture, and politics. Students will also examine culture firsthand through academic excursions locally, regionally, and in Berlin.
Students will read texts in translation that explore the meaning of German identity and the history of Germany as a nation. The content of the course is designed to examine the question "Was ist Deutschland?"  Through readings and written assignments, students will attempt to formulate an answer that has both public and personal relevance. Class time will be devoted primarily to the discussion of reading assignments to which students will respond individually, in small groups, and together as a class.  In order to maximize work on reading comprehension, all readings should be done outside of class prior to the session during which they are discussed. Assignments will include readings and discussion questions, web research, and a culminating oral presentation. Most homework assignments and work outside of class will take the form of written responses.    

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • engage in complex conversations about the question of German identity since the establishment of Germany as a nation;
  • understand and interpret complex written language on a variety of topics by analyzing, summarizing, and discussing authentic texts;
  • present information, concepts, and ideas by participating in group discussions and debates, conducting interviews, and presenting information in a formal format;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Germany by identifying and describing important aspects and challenges of Germany and the German experience;
  • reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines and gain insights into German-speaking culture by reading and interpreting authentic texts and examining other cultural products (films, songs, art, media, etc.);
  • demonstrate an understanding of German-speaking culture by comparing it with their native cultures through the analysis and summarization of authentic texts, films, and cultural practices.

Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

-    Monday-Friday 13:00-14:30 (Germany); 7:00-8:30 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). There will be no seminar on Monday, July 5. We will meet instead on Saturday, July 10.

Name: German A. Zarate-Hoyos, Ph.D.
Office: Virtual    
Office hours: 12:00 – 13:00

The course´s syllabus can be found here.


Global production chains and foreign direct investment flows have accelerated as globalization has reached all corners of the world. Presence in emerging markets have become a necessity for major corporations as well as smaller companies. As a result, managers from around the world will have to operate in competitive and diverse international settings. In a competitive environment, managers have to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand the international context in which firms compete and to operate effectively in cross-national interactions. These skills are necessary for managers operating abroad or at home because both will most likely have to manage an increasing level of workforce diversity in local as well as global organizations. We will read articles, case studies and chapters and learn about globalization, global production, and foreign direct investment through country studies while also discussing topics such as ethics, culture, diversity, leadership, cross-cultural communication and human resource management.


  • To understand global trends in global production chains and foreign direct investment.
  • To analyze case studies dealing with human resource management in international settings.
  • To critically analyze theories regarding culture, diversity, leadership and cross-cultural communication.


  • “Doing Business in Emerging Markets”, by T. Cavusgil, et. a. Sage Publications, 3rd edition, 2021.
  • International Management, Culture, Strategy and Behavior by F. Luthans and J. Doh, McGraw Hill, 9th edition, 2014.
  • Country Studies:
  • Rising Stars in Emerging Markets by Yogesh Borkar, Create Space, 2013.
  • P.E.S.T. Analysis handout.
  • Other articles and case studies as needed

The second part of the programme are the German language courses, offered on different levels, as well as a seminar on "Intercultural Competence".

In addition to the four different courses mentioned above, International Summer University Fulda offers a wide range of programme activities such as German language training, workshops and field trips. 

German Language Courses

Learn German! German is a fascinating language and enables you to talk to people in Germany and Austria as well as in parts of Switzerland, Italy, France and Belgium. There are also many people in Eastern Europe who are speaking German as a foreign language.

German language courses accompany the seminar programme. ISU Fulda offers German language courses on five levels according to the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR):

Basic Level 1 (A1 CEFR)Beginners with no knowledge of German
Basic Level 2 (A2 CEFR)Students with little knowledge of German
 Intermediate Level 1 (B1 CEFR)Students with a basic knowledge of German
 Intermediate Level 2 (B2 CEFR)Students with a good basic knowledge of German
 Advanced Level (C1 CEFR)Students who can speak and write German fluently

The programme fee covers one language course at your level including all course materials.

In order to allocate you to the right course, there will be an assessment test at the beginning of our programme which all participants should take. This will help us to find the right level for you. You can be certain that you will be placed in a course which is neither too difficult nor too easy for you.

You will be taught by highly qualified instructors of German as a foreign language who will pay special attention to your personal learning needs and interests.
We reserve the right to adjust German course levels according to the numbers and skills of participants.

Intercultural Competence

Culture and Society - " Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication and International Business”

-Because there will be participants from different time zones we will give the seminar at two different times: 09:45-11:15 CET and 17:45-19:15 CET (Berlin, Germany: UTC +1).
Each participant can choose the early or the late date according to her or his time zone.

-The seminar takes place on:

  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in week 1 from July 5- July 11 2021
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday in week 2 from July 12-July 18 2021
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday in week 3 from July 19- July 25 2021
  • Exams will take place on July 23 2021

To convert times you can use this tool:

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The course´s syllabus can be found here.



At the end of the course the students will be able to talk about and critically discuss topics like:
-    What is culture? Your Culture and the German Culture then and now
-    What is intercultural communication and competence and why do we need it?
-    Look at the main concepts of culture, stereotypes, prejudices, values. Stereotypes of own country and also Germany will be discussed
-    Cultural dimensions and differences - focus on German and participants’ cultures. E.g. Direct and indirect (high and low context) communication and how it influences our environment and the people we interact with.
-    Our cultural values and how they influence us and those we interact with
-    International/global business etiquette
-    Business and social customs
-    Work in a team with team members from different cultures
-    Promote and regard cultural diversity as an opportunity


Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

Gumperz, John (1982): Discourse Strategies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hinnenkamp, Volker (1989): Interaktionale Soziolinguistik und Interkulturelle Kommunikation.
 Gesprächsmanagement zwischen Deutschen und Türken. Tübingen: Niemeyer.

Holliday Adrian/ Hyde Martin/ Kullman John (2006): Intercultural Communication- An advanced Resource book. New York: Routledge

Nakayama Thomas K./Halualani Rona Tamiko (2013): The Handbook of Critical  intercultural Communication. West Sussex: Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Kumbier Dagmar/Schulz von Thun Friedmann( 2013): Interkulturelle Kommunikation: Methoden, Modelle, Beispiele. 2006 Reinbek bei Hamburg:Rowohlt.

Scollon, Ronald. (2012): Intercultural communication : a discourse approach- 3. ed. - Malden [u.a.] : Wiley-Blackwell

Hofstede, Geert(2010): Cultures and organizations : software of the mind ; intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival . - Rev. and exp. 3. ed. - New York [u.a.] : McGraw-Hill

Storti,Craig (1994):Cross-Cultural  Dialogues- 74 brief encounters with cultural difference. Intercultural Press, Inc.

Harzig. C and Hoerder.D with Gabaccia D.(2009):What is Migration History?.Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden

Chaney H. Chaney/Marin Jeanette S.(2004): Intercultural Business Communication. Pearson Education,Inc. Upper Saddle River,New Jersey 07456


Workshops meet once a week for approx. 2 hours. The course fee covers participation in up to four workshops of your choice. Some workshops require prior sign-up and the number of participants is limited.

Each participant has the chance to learn to canoe and explore the surroundings of Fulda on the water of the eponymous river (limited number of participants). A canoeing day trip is also available.

Dance: Salsa
Beginner or advanced dancer – the fun factor is guaranteed!

We'll practice for the ISU cup. Newbies and semi-professionals are equally welcome.

Culture and Leisure
A diverse cultural program with concert visits, festive events and movie nights rounds off the ISU program. The cultural program is to a large part included in the course fee. Enjoy!

A bicycle rental is included in the course fee for all participants. You can ride your bike around town, get to campus or go on a little trip.

Hike to the Milseburg
Milseburg is one of the most beautiful hills in the Rhön mountains. Get to know the beauty of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhön. Enjoy the short hike and the view! At night get to know the real mountain folk music and great food!

Field Trips

On the weekends we invite you to learn more about German and European culture - past and present - while enjoying a day out with your friends. We will discover the German capital of Berlin.

Meals, except for breakfast at the hostels, are not included.

Würzburg (additional fee: 50€), 15th July, 2022

Weimar (additional fee: 50€), 16th July, 2022
Come visit with us the town where the poets Goethe and Schiller and the composers Bach and Liszt lived and worked. Weimar is the birth place of the architectural style “Bauhaus” as well as of the first German republic. The darkest years of German history, however, are also represented here: At the Memorial Site Buchenwald you will learn about the horrors of the National Socialist regime.

Berlin (included in the program fee), 21st-23rd July , 2022
Visit the capital of Germany! Berlin is not only the political capital of Germany, but also the historical and cultural center of Germany. We will have a city tour, see the famous remains of the Berlin wall, visit the German Bundestag (lower chamber) at the Reichstag building , the Holocaust Memorial… We will have plenty of time to go shopping or just enjoy day and night life in Berlin!

Nuremberg (additional fee: 50€), 29th July, 2022

Munich (additional fee: 250€), 29th-31st July, 2022

Point Alpha (included in the programm fee) 3rd August, 2022