Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
Packing Checklist – What To Bring
Prerequisites for application
Arrival days are Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Accommodation can be provided from July 30th to August 29th, 2019. Early arrivals or late departures are not possible. If you do arrive earlier or wish to leave later, please arrange an alternative accommodation, for example at Heidelberg Youth Hostel.
Course books should not be purchased before knowing the placement test results.
Payment of the course fee by credit card is possible in exceptional cases. Details will be disclosed when your registration is confirmed.
Make sure you get bills of no more than 50 or 100 Euro apiece. 200 Euro bills are not accepted in all shops.
Currency Exchange is possible at all airports. There is a bank called ReiseBank at Heidelberg main station open seven days a week (please check online for opening hours). Other banks are open Monday to Friday, usually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Usually you can take out Euro from any ATM in Germany with your credit card or even cash card. ATM machines can be found at all banks, and those are numerous. They are accessible 24/7.
The International Summer School is a four-week program. It is possible to leave before the end of the course, of course (although it is a pity). However, there will be no discount or refund neither on the course fee nor on the rent.
Group registration is not possible.
Participants must arrange their own health cover prior to arrival. The Summer School cannot be held responsible for any medical costs. (Exception: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) arranges health coverage for their scholarship holders.) We also recommend a personal liability insurance.
When you arrive, the International Summer School will provide access to Heidelberg University’s wireless internet. Access is possible in most university buildings, but usually not in the accommodation.
Computers with internet access can be used for free in the university libraries. Furthermore, there are several internet cafés nearby.
The International Summer School cannot influence the availability of nor guarantee internet access in the accommodation provided.
Broadband mobile modems or ”connect cards“ can be purchased in telecommunication shops and electronics retailer stores, starting from approximately 40 Euro. These are an option for location-independent internet access.
Yes, you can do your laundry in Heidelberg! Many student residences have their own laundry rooms. In many private residences, you may also use the washing machines. Furthermore, there are laundromats (self-service laundries) all over the city.
We strongly recommend taking out a personal liability insurance prior to coming to Germany. In case you already hold a liability insurance, please check whether you are covered for travel to and stay in Germany.
There is a number of libraries at Heidelberg University.
Participants of the International Summer School will receive a Summer School ID card. With this card you will have access to the main university libraries and to most smaller libraries. However, you cannot take out books or other media.
Packing Checklist – What To Bring
- Documentation on → Health Insurance (not applicable for DAAD scholarship holders)
- Summer School confirmation letter. Not an indispensable prerequisite, but it may speed things up when you arrive.
- Prescription medicine and prescriptions (only if applicable, of course)
- Clothes. It’s summer time (→ Weather) in Germany, so bring summer clothes, but also something warmer for the evenings. If you want to do → sports, bring adequate clothes and shoes (also a tennis racket, if you are into tennis). Swimsuits are always a good idea, and so are good walking shoes in case your class goes for a hike.
- Linens.Bring pillow and duvets covers and sheets - the standard bed in Germany is 200 cm long and between 80 cm and 140 cm wide. Duvets/quilts are usually 135 cm by 200 cm; pillows are either 80 cm by 80 cm or 40 cm by 80 cm. Using a bed without covering the mattress, duvet/quilt and/or pillow is not acceptable under any circumstances.
- Toiletries. You might want to bring enough of your usual toiletries for the first days of your stay. Germany has a good selection of all such items, shipping or bringing large amounts of toiletries is not necessary. However, since you will arrive at the weekend and stores are usually closed on Sundays, bring enough for the first night and day.
No parking facilities are provided near the Summer School office and classrooms.
If the International Summer School arranges accommodation for you and you travel by car, please state so on the accommodation reservation form. We will then try to arrange accommodation where parking is possible.
The course fee is to be paid by bank transfer or by credit card. Transfer fees are payable by the sender; please inquire at your bank if applicable. Information on the payment by bank transfer/credit card will be sent to you as soon as we receive your registration form.
The rent for accommodation is payable after your arrival in Heidelberg in cash only. (Further information will be sent to you with the confirmation letter upon registration.)
Cash withdrawal with a credit/debit card (for example Visa, Mastercard) is possible from most ATMs. There are many banks and ATMs all over Heidelberg.
Germany‘s electricity runs on 230V. You may need an adaptor and converter for any appliance brought from home.
Prerequisites for application
Participants must be at least 18 years of age by the time the Summer School begins.
Educational and/or professional backgrounds are irrelevant for registration.
The university regrets that it cannot offer any scholarships for the above courses, nor can it arrange paid employment for participants.
The German Academic Exchange Service accepts applications for University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates.
The International Summer School offers a variety of sports, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, frisbee/ultimate frisbee. Participation is free (except tennis and swimming) and of course voluntary. Heidelberg is also a good place for jogging, hiking and biking.
Depending on the sport and weather, both indoors and outdoors facilities will be used. Remember to bring adequate clothes and shoes if you want to do sports here! Volleyball, basketball, futsal and others will be offered indoors in case it rains, but you can only participate with shoes for indoor sports (wearing the same shoes indoors and outdoors is not allowed, sorry).
Participants requiring a visa must be sure to apply to representatives of the German consular in good time.
After we receive your complete registration, we will provide a confirmation letter that you can attach to your visa application.
The International Summer Course takes place in August, which is summertime in Germany. Temperatures may rise up to 38 °Celsius (ca. 100 °F), but may occasionally drop below 10 °C (50 °F) at night. The average daytime temperature is around 24 °C (75 °F). Although we always hope for four weeks of dry, sunny weather, you should come prepared for some rain.