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LMU is looking foward to an international summer

Munich, 06/24/2010

LMU's Munich International Summer University (MISU-LMU) kicks off this year with a summer academy on "Occupational Health Crossing Borders". During the months of July and August, prominent experts will give stimulating lectures on topics in the areas of Legal Studies, Political Science, Nanosciences and Biology. German language courses will also be on offer. Each year, more than 500 undergraduates, graduate students and other qualified participants from Germany and abroad come to LMU to attend the courses provided by MISU-LMU during the summer months. The wide-ranging summer academies give them opportunities to improve their German language skills, broaden their specialized knowledge or widen their cultural horizons. The courses are supplemented by a diverse range of social activities. This summer, over 500 participants have registered for MISU.

Summer Academies:

Occupational Health Crossing Borders (June 7-18)
Annually, 2 million workers, worldwide, fall victim to workplace accidents and diseases, especially in developing countries. The overall aim of this summer school is to train healthcare professionals and students training in this field who come from, or work in, low or middle income countries. The focal point is placed on the most important aspects of occupational health in Europe and around the world.

Munich University Summer Training in German and European Law (MUST) (July 5-30)
MUST provides an in-depth introduction to German and European law. Taught by professors and members of the Law Faculty, the focus of MUST is German civil law as well as German and European commercial law. The program has been a success since its launch in 2001, and aims to provide advanced training in current areas of research. MUST also provides students with an insight to the inner workings of the prestigious Law Faculty at LMU Munich. The high-level course program is accompanied by a varied range of specialist and cultural activities with an optional German course.

International Summer Research Program in Nanoscience (July 1-August 31)
The International Summer Research Program of the “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM) is aimed at international students in the fields of natural and engineering sciences—with a particular interest in nanosciences. The program focuses on 13 nanoscience projects: from quantum optics theory to biophysics to low-temperature physics. Participants will experience the array of phases involved in research, from planning and performing experiments to evaluating and presenting the results. In addition, there will be excursions and other activities such as a barbecue.

Amgen Scholars Europe Program (July 21-September 17)
28 promising, young students from across Europe are selected for the chance to experience applied sciences under the supervision of outstanding scientists in laboratories of the life science campus of LMU in Großhadern-Martinsried. The focus of this summer academy lies within the fields of biotechnology and life sciences with the hope of inspiring young students to pursue a career in the sciences. Along with two other leading European Universities (Cambridge and Stockholm), LMU was selected by the U.S. Amgen Foundation, a non-profit arm of Amgen Inc., which provides funding for the program.

European Studies Vienna – Munich – Prague (July 19-August 20/27)
The program is directed at international students with an interest in the European Union. It addresses both aspects of political science and the historic, social, and economic dimensions of European integration. Participants in recent years have included students from all over the world including young politicians, civil servants and businesspeople. The course is divided between the universities of Vienna, Munich and Prague. Organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), in Munich students will examine European foreign policy as their primary focus.

Literature “Fiction and Reality” (August 8-22)
This summer school focuses on the complex relationship between fiction and reality. It explores how new kinds of fiction create new models of perception. For doctoral students and post-docs this is an opportunity to explore and discuss, in detail, different ways in which literary texts and other works of art use, cause, or reflect transgressions, or the blending of the lines between fiction and reality. In addition to the challenging academic program, participants gain an insight into Munich´s culture.

Partner Programs:

Munich Summer Curriculum “Exploring New Media” (MSC) (June 21-August 31)
MSC, exceeding 2 months, is the longest lasting program of MISU-LMU. The summer academy is organized jointly by American (University of Cincinnati) and German (LMU) professors. It combines training in theory and applied science with practical work experience at German media companies. In addition to examining communication theories and processes, the course presents new technologies and addresses media management. Students also take German classes and can participate in an extensive program of leisure activities and excursions.

Partner Programs European Studies (August 2-21)
For students of the Peking University and the National University of Singapore, separate European Studies programs are organized. The academic host of these courses is again the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at LMU Munich.

All Summer German Language Classes (beginners, intermediate and advanced level, DSH-preparation course, Business German) take place during August, starting August 2 with a Summerparty for all MISU-LMU participants.

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