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About the International Summer Course (HSK)

About the International Summer Course (HSK)

With around 40,000 students in relation to a population of 90,000 inhabitants, Giessen is the town with the highest ratio of students all over Germany - and you, too, can become part of this student body by signing up for our "International Summer Course".

For more than twenty years, we have been happy to provide international students and visitors with personal counselling and to prepare undergraduate and postgraduate students, visiting researchers, and teachers from all over the world for academic and everyday life at Justus Liebig University and in Giessen.

A trained team of organizers and student mentors will accompany you and your international fellow students throughout the four-week course. You will meet your fellow students even before the start of the lectures. During the four weeks, we will explore all aspects of campus life as well as the culture and lifestyle of the city of Giessen. Workshops will help you to get started with the German language or to brush up your German language skills. Active workshops for the whole group and exciting trips to various places in Germany offer the perfect balance.

No matter where you are from – we will make sure that you feel at home right from the start!

Language Courses

Language Courses



Our intensive language courses take place in the mornings. At the start of the International Summer Course you will be grouped according to your level of German language proficiency. In 100 sessions of 45 minutes each we offer practical language training in German for everyday and academic purposes. You will learn just what you need to successfully participate in classes and to successfully conduct research, to prepare written assignments, to make optimal use of library resources, and for everyday conversation.


Teaching Materials:


All our teachers are highly qualified experts in teaching German as a foreign language with many years of teaching experience both in an academic context and outside the university. Depending on the level of language proficiency we use standard textbooks or materials tailor-made by our teachers for the International Summer Course:

  • general texts
  • texts on current cultural issues, business, politics or science
  • literary texts, materials on German cultural studies
  • films and music



Upon successful completion of the International Summer Course you will receive a certificate including 4 ECTS points.



Detailed course programme

Supporting Programme

Supporting Programme




The workshops are all about fun and getting together! You will spend the afternoon dancing or doing sports, getting together with your fellow students.



Guided Tours and Trips:


Explore Giessen and its environs with us: embark on a tour of the university campus, the city centre, affordable shopping possibilities and the best pubs in town. On the weekends we will go on exciting trips throughout Germany.



Accommodation in Student Dormitories:


You can rent a room in a student dormitory via our office (see application form) for the duration of the International Summer Course. The rent amounts to approx. €537 (including power, water and heating as well as the service charge) plus a refundable security deposit of €250.

 Photo credit: Studentenwerk Giessen

If you are a student from a partner university you will receive the accommodation application form for a room in a student dormitory along with your admission documents. Room rates depend on the duration of your stay (more on this...).



You will have a single room with a bed, table, chair, closet, cupboards, and sink. Showers, toilets, and kitchen are shared with other students.

Bedding, including linen, will be provided. Please remember to bring along your own towels and cutlery! Washing machines and public phones are available in all student residences. For further information please visit the web pages of the "Studentenwerk Gießen".


Transport connections:

All student residences are easily reached with buses. Your ticket for Giessen town buses (valid for the duration of the International Summer Course) enables you to quickly get to and from your dormitory. The bus ticket is included in the course fee.


Please note:

Which room is allocated to you is subject to availability and is the responsibility of the Studentenwerk. Unfortunately, you will not be able to move into your dormitory room before the official day of arrival. If you want to arrive earlier, please book a room in a hotel or hostel.


Private Accommodation:

Private accommodation cannot be organized by us. If you prefer to look for private accommodation on your own, please let us know with your application.





You can prepare your own breakfast and tea in your student hall of residence. Remember that not all hostels provide cooking utensils.

Lunch is available at our student restaurants from Monday to Saturday between 11.30 am and 2.00 pm. Prices range from 1.50 € to 5 €. There is a broad choice of dishes usually consisting of a main course, salad and a soup or dessert.

The cafeterias are open from 8.30 am onwards. They offer drinks and snacks such as rolls, cakes and sweets.

In the evenings, the student restaurant "Snack Point" offers a variety of inexpensive dishes and snacks. There are also plenty of first-rate cafés and restaurants in Giessen, offering local, German, international, and ethnic cuisine.

Photo credit: Studentenwerk Giessen