German Culture & SocietyWas ist Deutschland? German Culture in an Intercultural Context (taught in German)
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 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

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.


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.

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

6. Qualifikationsziele/Learning Outcomes:
 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

7.  Inhalte des Moduls/Content:

  • Concept of Culture, influences of societies on culture
  • Intercultural communication and competence
  • Stereotypes, prejudices, values of participants' countries and also Germany
  • Cultural dimensions and differences - focus on German and participants’ cultures. E.g. Direct and indirect (high and low context) communication
  • Impact of cultural values on views and behaviour
  • International/global business etiquette
  • Business and social customs
  • Work in a team with team members from different cultures - Cultural diversity as an opportunity

8. Lehr- und Lernmethoden / Teaching and Learning Methods:

9. Sprache/Language of instruction:

10. Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme am Modul / Prerequirements for participation (if applicable):
Notwendig/compulsory: English language proficiency on the level B1 of the European Framework.
Empfohlen/recommended: interest in interculturalism

11. Form der Prüfung / Type of assignment:
Presentation and written summary

12. Bewertungsmethoden / Mode of assessment:
Benotet/graded (see grading scale of Fulda University)

13. Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von ECTS-Punkten/Requirements for obtaining ECTS:
bestandene Prüfung/passed assignment

14. Bemerkungen/Remarks:

Rev. February 2022

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.

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 (27th - 29th of July 2023)

  • 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!

Point Alpha (2nd of August 2023)

  • included in the programme fee

Additional field trips (optional):

Munich (21st -23rd of July 2023)

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

Come with us on a journey to one of the most beautiful cities in southern Germany and visit the famous Neuschwanstein castle.

Würzburg (14th of July 2023)

  • extra fee: 50€
  • one day field trip

Weimar (15th of July 2023)

  • 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 birthplace 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.

Kreuzberg (18th of July 2023)

Nuremberg (22nd of July 2022)

  • extra fee: 50€
  • one day field trip

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
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