FAQs Summer School 2020

How do I apply?

Please fill out our online application form. You will first need to create an account. After you log in for the first time you will be able to complete the application form and upload the necessary documents. Once you have filled in all of the required fields you can submit your application.

After submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from us confirming that we have received your application. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive another e-mail confirming whether you have been accepted or not. Upon receiving your student contract and invoice, you will need to pay the fees within the timeframe stated in your contract. Your application will be confirmed upon receipt of payment and you will receive your official acceptance letter from us via e-mail.

When should I apply?

The application for the Summer School 2020 is currently open. The application deadline is 1 June, 2020.

Unfortuantely, seats are limited in our programmes; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We also recommend that students requiring a visa to enter Germany apply as early as possible.

How much does a Summer School Programme cost?

All of our Summer School Programmes are one-week courses. Courses can be combined; you have the flexibility to participate in 1 – 4 weeks of courses. The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • One week: EUR 999
  • Two weeks: EUR 1,699
  • Three weeks: EUR 2,099
  • ​Four weeks: EUR 2,199

When and how should I pay?

Upon receiving your student contract and invoice, please transfer the full amount indicated on your invoice. The stated amount will need to be paid within the timeframe stated in your contract (typically within two weeks of receipt)—your acceptance will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

We accept payments through Bank Transfer.

Are there scholarships available and how do I apply for them?

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers international students currently enrolled at a University the opportunity to receive a partial scholarship to attend our Summer School programmes. Students can apply for a scholarship to earn EUR 250 per week in addition to a flat rate allowance towards travel expenses.

The deadline to apply for a DAAD scholarship is April 1, 2020. To apply, students should send the following documents per e-mail to international.office.berlin@ue-germany.de:

  • Motivation Letter
  • Enrollment Certificate
  • Transcript
  • CV / Resume

Is there a limit in the number of students that can participate in a course?

Unfortunately, due to room size and available resources, some courses are capped at a maximum number of participants.

  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership: no limit
  • Global Management: max. 15 participants
  • Digital Transformation: max. 21 participants
  • Game Design: max. 15 participants
  • Photography: max. 12 participants

**Additionally, a minimum of 7 participants are required to run each course.

Do I need to already have experience to participate?

Our summer school programmes are open to all; no level of educational experience in the field is required. All courses are taught at an undergraduate level; thefore, the mimimum age to participate is 16. If a student is under the age of 18, they will need to have a signed parental consent form.

Our courses are designed to peek and further students‘ interest in specific fields. We ask that students come eager to learn and actively participate. 

What language are courses taught in? Do I need to provide an English Certificate?

All courses are taught in English. We require that participants have a B2 (upper intermediate) level of English to be able to follow the lectures and participate actively.

Students for whom English is not their native language must provide evidence of language proficiency. Your proof of proficiency does not necessarily need to be in the form of an official language test. If you have completed or are currently attending courses taught in English then you can also submit your transcipt as proof or ask for a recommendation letter from a teacher that can attest to your language proficiency.

If you are worried that you cannot prove your language proficiency, or have doubts about your level, please contact us. We can set up a Skype Interview in which we can access your level and make a recommendation on your behalf.

Do I need a Visa?

You will most likely be required to obtain a visa to enter Germany. If you have an EU/EFTA nationality, visa regulations do not apply to you. Please refer to the Federal Foreign Office to check in advance if you require a visa to enter Germany. If you are required to obtain a visa, you can obtain a tourist (short-term Schengen Visa) in order to participate in our Summer School programmes.

The application form and further visa requirements can also be found on this website. You should apply for your visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The embassy or consulate requires students to provide evidence of a travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000. Additionally, you will be asked to prove that you can finance your stay. Therefore, once we have received your payment, we will send you an unconditional offer letter stating that your place is secure and that you have paid all of the required fees.

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check the visa requirements and to apply and secure a valid visa before the start of your programme.

What kind of insurance do I need?

The German embassies and consulates specify that medical insurance is required for all foreigners visiting Germany. Participants will need to provide evidence of travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 for medical treatment. Additionally, your insurance must be valid for the entire duration of your stay.

Additionally, we recommend that you have liability insurance in your policy to cover third-party insurance claims.

How can I arrange accommodation?

Unfortunately, the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) does not offer on-campus accommodation. You have the option to arrange your own accommodation, or you can book our ‚all-in package‘ in which you will be put up in our pre-arranged off-campus accommodation located near the University.

In Berlin, participants have the opportunity to choose among a private, 2-, 3-, or 5-bed room. In Hamburg participants will be assigned to a 4-bed hostel room with fellow participants. All accommodation options include breakfast.

If you would like to book your accommodation through UE then please fill out the accommodation form and sent it to us per e-mail.

Special note for all accommodation booked through UE: check-in will always be on the Sunday before the start of your programme and check-out will always be on the Saturday following the last day of your programme.

Please refer to our website or Summer School broschure for more detailed information regarding the prices and different accommodation options available.

Cancellation and refund policy

We understand that unforseen circumstances may arise. In the event you can no longer attend your summer school programme then you must notify UE per e-mail (international.office.berlin@ue-germany.com)

UE operates the following refund policy:

Full refund of tuition fees if cancellation is received within fourteen (14) days from the date of signature on the student‘s contract.

90% refund of tuition fees, if cancellation is received more than ninety (90) calendar days before the commencement date.

50% refund of tuition fees, if cancellation is received within ninety (90) and thirty (30) days of the commemcement date.

No refund of tuition fees if cancellation is received less than thirty (30) days before the commencement date.

***In the case that you should be denied your visa less than 30 days before the commencement date, the full tuition fees (munus a EUR 100 administration fee) will be reimbursed if proof of the visa rejection is e-mailed to international.office.berlin@ue-germany.com.

What happens if my course gets cancelled or changed?

In exceptional cirumstances, UE might have to cancel or change a programme. UE will notify the student of a cancellation or significant change and the options available to the student by writing to the student’s contact email address. Participants must notify UE in writing of the option they wish to take; options will typically include one of the following:

  • Continuing with student’s programme in spite of significant changes
  • Transferring to another programme
  • Cancelling student’s application for a refund of tuition fees

When do I need to arrive? And where?

The latest participants are recommended to arrive is on the Sunday before the start of their programme. All summer school programmes start Monday mornings. If you have booked accommodation through UE, then your check-in date will also be on the Sunday before the commencement date.

Berlin has two airports, you can book flights to either Tegel (TXL) or Schönefeld (SXF). Additionally, Berlin has a central bus station (ZOB) and a central train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof). Here are some helful links to help orientate yourself through the city: https://www.bvg.de/enhttps://fahrinfo.bvg.de/Fahrinfo/bin/query.bin/dn?ujm=1&MapLayer=NETWORK, https://sbahn.berlin/en/plan-a-journey/information-for-berlin-visitors/

Hamburg has an international airport (Hamburg Airport HAM), a central bus station (ZOB) and a central train station (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof). Within Hamburg you can use the public transport system called “HVV”: https://www.hvv.de/en