Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Language Selection

Breadcrumb Navigation


LMU rings in its international summer season

Students from all over the world in Munich

Munich, 06/16/2011

The Summer Academy “Exploring Electronic Media” (MSC), which began on 13. June, is the first of this year’s International Summer Courses to get underway at LMU Munich. From now until mid-September, the Munich International Summer University (MISU) will present a wide spectrum of challenging courses presented by distinguished faculty drawn from the fields of Law, Political Sciences, Literature, Nanosciences and Biology. German language courses also feature prominently on the program. Among the new ventures this season are Summer Academies on Global Environments (GESA) and German-Japanese Linguistics. A new summer learning program organized by the Graduate School Life Sciences Munich is also a part of MISU this time round.

Every year some 500 students, graduates and other qualified participants from Germany and abroad come to Munich during the summer months to improve their grasp of languages, deepen their knowledge of their special field or broaden their cultural horizons by attending one of the many Summer Academies held at LMU. The program of lectures is complemented by an interesting and varied supporting program. This year’s MISU-LMU is as popular as ever, with more than 500 registered participants.


Summer Academies:

  • Munich Summer Curriculum “Exploring Electronic Media” (13 June - 19 August)
    Lasting for more than two months, the MSC on new media is the longest summer program on this year’s MISU schedule. The curriculum combines theory with hands-on training, giving students an opportunity to obtain work experience by taking part in a practical course with a German media firm. The program is put together by American professors from the University of Cincinnati and German academics, and is designed specifically for students attending universities in the USA. The participants can look forward to new theoretical concepts, and insights into new technologies and media management, but German courses and a packed program of social and leisure activities are also on the agenda.


  • Occupational Health Crossing Borders (1 - 13 August)
    Every year some two million people worldwide die as a result of accidents at work or work-related illnesses. Workers in developing countries are particularly at risk. Accident prevention depends crucially on the availability of properly trained specialists. The International Summer School “Occupational Health Crossing Borders” was set up in 2010 to help meet this need. The major aims of the School are to train students and professionals from developing countries and emerging economies in the elements of occupational health, and to provide reviews and facilitate discussion of the spectrum of occupational health systems worldwide.


  • German and European Law (Munich University Summer Training in German and European Law, MUST) (4 - 29 July)
    At the core of MUST is an intensive introduction to German and European law, focusing particularly on German civil law and on commercial law in both German and European contexts. The teaching staff is drawn from the Faculty of Law at LMU. The Summer Academy offers an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the latest developments in various areas of legal studies and to gain insights into research projects that are currently underway in the highly regarded Law Faculty at LMU. The demanding course program will be accompanied by a program of cultural events and an optional German course is also available.


  • International Summer Research Program in Nanoscience (4 July - 31 August)
    Organized by the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), an LMU Center of Excellence, this Summer Research Program is directed at international students of natural sciences and engineering  who have a special interest in nanoscience. A varied set of projects, involving topics as diverse as quantum optics, biophysics and low-temperature physics, forms the heart of the course. Participants are taken through all stages of such projects, from the planning and execution of experiments to the analysis and presentation of the results, by graduates who are themselves engaged in doctoral research. Students and mentors will also undertake excursions together, and a barbecue is also planned.


  • Amgen Scholars Europe Program (21 July - 17 September)
    This program gives 25 young and highly qualified students from all over Europe the opportunity to gain practical experience in applied research, under the tutelage of outstanding scientists and their research groups. Projects are drawn from the fields of Biotechnology and Biosciences. An important aim of the program is to inspire its young participants to take up a career in science. LMU, together with the Universities of Cambridge and Stockholm, is one of only three institutions in Europe chosen to host this program, which was originally restricted to universities in the USA. The program is sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, a charitable trust established by Amgen Inc.


  • European Studies Vienna – Munich – Prague (18. July - 19/26 August)
    This program is addressed to international students who are interested in the structure and function of the European Union. The course addresses the political, historical, social and economic connotations of European integration. Not only registered students, but also young politicians, administrators and business people have attended the course in recent years. Portions of the course are held at the Universities of Vienna and Prague. The academic program in Munich will provide a detailed view of European foreign policy, and is organized and taught by the staff of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at LMU. The standard program includes a language course (18 July – 26 August), but this year’s schedule also offers a more intensive variant (18 July - 19 August).


  • German-Japanese Summer Academy in Linguistics (3 - 14 August)
    This new Summer Academy is devoted to aspects of typology, syntax and modality in Germanic and Asian languages. The program is designed for Master’s students, doctoral candidates and junior researchers in these fields, and will discuss the relationships and divergences between German and Japanese with respect to these elements of language. In addition to the course program, the participants will have opportunities to get to know some of the facets of Munich’s cultural riches and take part in organized outings. This is the only Summer Academy that is taught in German.


  • The Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) (2 - 26 August)
    GESA is a new program that is intended for Master’s students and doctoral candidates. The Summer School will be concerned with questions relating to society’s influence on climate change from the local to the global scale, from adaptive modes of cooperative management to planetary processes. The program was designed and organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.


  • Summer University of the Graduate School Life Sciences Munich (8 August - 18 September)
    The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM) invites outstanding Bachelor‘s (who are in their fifth semester) and Master’s students of natural science to take advantage of this six-week course to become acquainted with the practice of applied research. Together with colleagues from various countries, participants can extend their scientific horizons by actively addressing current problems in biology, biochemistry or chemistry.


Partner Programs:

  • Partner programs in the area of European Studies (1 - 20 August)
    Special partner programs in European studies are available for students from Peking University and the National University of Singapore. As in the case of the main program (see above), responsibility for the academic supervision and organization of these courses lies in the hands of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP).


German Courses:

All German courses (beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, the preparatory course for foreign students intending to take the university entrance exam in German (DSH), and courses in Business German) are held in August.

For further information, see

Responsible for content: Communications & Media Relations