German Culture & SocietyWas ist Deutschland? German Culture in an Intercultural Context (taught in German/English)
BusinessInternational Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment (taught in English)
SustainabilitySustainability (taught in English)
Intercultural CompetenceIntercultural Competence  (taught in English)

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

Each module is automatically complemented by the German Language Course. Here you can find adetailed 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

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.


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 9:00 - 11:00 NY time form July 10th - August 4th

Name: German A. Zarate-Hoyos, Ph.D.
Office: on campus 
Office hours: 11:00 – 1:00 pm

Phone: N/A

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 must 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.



Dr. Sascha Krannich

Migration, Development, and Sustainability

Dr. Sascha Krannich (Gießen University, Germany) offers a course on the topics of migration, development, and sustainability. Seminar participants will get an introduction into basic terms, theories, and empirical findings in the frame of the interconnections of migration, development, and sustainability. Here, we will discuss and analyze current trends of global migration, transnational forms of migrant activities as well as central indicators of human development and its sustainability in countries of origin, and how these movements fit into the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For this purpose, various speakers are invited into the seminar to share their experience and expertise in these fields with us, including representatives of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and transnational migrant organizations. The course also includes a three-day simulation game from the field of international development cooperation, and several field trips to relevant institutions and cities, including Frankfurt and Weimar.

The course's syllabus can be found here.

If you already want to inform yourself about relevant issues of the course, feel free to have a look at these links:


Intercultural Competence

Collet Wanjugu Döppner M.A
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
Fulda University of Applied Sciences

1. Arbeitsaufwand / Workload: ECTS:
Total: 45 h, consisting of  contact hours, preparation and assignments

2. Art/Type of course:

3. Niveaustufe/Level:

4. Dauer / Duration:
4 weeks

5. Verwendbarkeit des Moduls / Application of module:
International Summer University



The course's syllabus can be found here.


The second part of the programme are the German language courses, offered on different levels.

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. The  syllabus of German Language course (beginner level) can be found here.

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.


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!

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

Field trips included in the ISU 2023 programme (mandatory):

Berlin (25th - 27th of July 2024)

  • included in the programme fee
  • meals, except for breakfast at the hostels, are not included

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!

Program Overview

Point Alpha (31st  of July 2024)

  • included in the programme fee

The Point Alpha memorial is an authentic scene of the Cold War and a unique testimony to four decades of contemporary history. This is where the outposts of NATO and the Warsaw Pact faced each other until 1990. The former "Observation Post Alpha" (Point Alpha for short) was one of the most important observation bases of the U.S. armed forces in Europe and one of the hottest points in the Cold War.

Program Overview

Field Trip Rhön Mountains Hike to Kreuzberg (16th of July 2024)

Experience hiking in German mountains!

Wasserkuppe-  At 950 m, the Wasserkuppe, the mountain of aviators, is the highest mountain in Hesse and the Rhön. The much visited elevation is worth a visit at any time of the year. The mountain touches the Hessian municipalities of Gersfeld (gliding museum, Fulda spring, summit) and Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe).

Program Overview


Additional field trips (optional):

Munich (19th -21st of July 2024)

  • extra fee: 250€
  • Hotel and visits included
  • meals, except for breakfast at the hostels, are not included

Explore Munich, Bavaria’s capital, which is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.

Program Overview

Würzburg (12th of July 2024)

  • extra fee: 50€
  • one day field trip

Explore Würzburg -   the "Pearl on the Main" - as it is also sometimes called. Würzburg is located directly on the river, it is one of the youngest cities in Germany with a population of around 130,000 and is home to many sights.

Program Overview

Weimar (13th of July 2024)

  • extra fee: 50€

  • one day field trip

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.

Program Overview


Academic Director

Prof. Dr.

Uwe Hunger

Building 22 , Room 118
Prof. Dr.Uwe Hunger+49 661 9640-455 (Sekreteriat)
Consultation hours
Nach besonderer Vereinbarung per E-mail

Programme Coordinator

Judith Tornier


International Summer University and International Winter University

Building 41 , Room 101a/b
Judith Tornier+49 661 9640-1740
Office hours
Monday - Friday
Programm Overview