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  • Locations: Cologne, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:


Thanks to a partnership agreement with the University of Cologne, Cornell students are eligible to apply for this exciting summer opportunity.  Admitted students will be  waived tuition fees and housing fees for the program.   

Students must first submit this application by March 5th which will be reviewed by the Cornell nominating committee.  Only those selected internally by Cornell will be asked to then apply directly to Cologne by March 31st.  The application consists of a CV; a one page, single-spaced statement of purpose; college transcripts. 

Cornell Contact for questions: Prof. Paul Fleming;

Cologne Summer School

Please note: Preference is given to juniors, seniors, and early stage Master's students. 


Challenges and Opportunities for a Multilingual Society - 

Movement, Migration, Languages, Psychology, and Education

Most language users in the world speak more than one language. Thus, the majority of people is at least bilingual. But how is language defined and what level justifies its speaker to say “I am multilingual”? Further, why should a discourse about multilingualism be of any relevance outside the linguistic world? Multilingualism in the first place describes a linguistic phenomenon; but its effects on our societies - on both individuals and groups - are massive and manifold. The same applies to the various reasons for the occurance of multilingualism. During our three-week Cologne Summer School program, participants will have the chance to delve into an ocean of multilingualism taught by scholars of the the University of Cologne and other specialists. The program, which is exclusively designed for international students from our partner universities world-wide, will cover a wide range of aspects of multilingualism.

Look forward to classes such as:
  • Multilingualism and Movement / Migration
  • World Englishes – Homogenization and Globalization caused by the predominance of English (Postcolonial Studies)
  • Cultural and Social Histories of Languages
  • Multilingualism and Identity – Creative Fiction Multilingual and Multilterate Education
  • a) German Language tutoring for Refugees – A Cologne University Project
  • b) A school „goes multilingual“. Innovative approaches to foreign language teaching – Immersion programs at Waddell Language Academy
  • Psycholinguistic aspects of Multilingualism
  • Multilingualism and Sign Languages
  • Professionalism and Multilingualism in Monolingual and Multilingual Educational Systems

Tuition Fees

As a student of one of the partner universities of the University of Cologne you do not have to pay any tuition fees.

Please visit this website at Formal Requirements for detailed information on the application process.

In case you will be chosen as participant by the admission committee the International Office bears the expenses for: accommodation (breakfast included), public transportation ticket, courses, visits, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner and a barbecue.

! Please note that travel costs to Germany and visa costs, meals, insurance plan (compulsory, € 69) and incidental expenses have to be taken over by the participant him/herself.


A selection committee will chose a total of 30 students from applications the International Office will have received by the International Offices of the partner universities world-wide and by students of the University of Cologne.
Admission decisions will be sent via email to each chosen canidate by end-April 2018.
To ensure we reach you, please make sure that your contact information in the application is legible.

Selection criteria

  • Grade point average of the university course
  • Grade point average of the English proficiency certificate
  • Quality of the letter of motivation
  • relevant extra curricular activities
Please visit the Formal Requirements page on the program website for more details.


The following documents are required for the Cologne application: 
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose (no more than a single A4 page)
  • Transcript of Records for the previous two semesters (Transcript of Records I and II)
  • Demonstration of sufficient English-language ability (an Internet TOEFL score of 90 or more, an IELTS score of 6.0 or more, a minimum grade of a B on the Cambridge First Certificate, a minimum score of 750 on the TOEIC).

Admission Criteria

  • punctual submission
  • application quality
  • balance of nationalities and gender

For questions, please contact Paul Fleming,

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.