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Another international summer begins at LMU

Munich, 06/11/2012

June has come around again, and courses at LMU‘s Munich International Summer University (MISU) are getting underway. This year, LMU will welcome some 500 participants from 80 countries. The program offers challenging academic fare, but also includes a variety of excursions and leisure activities.

Munich International Summer University - Foto: Jan Greune

Media, environment... and much more
The series of Summer Academies presented by MISU begins in June and lasts until the end of September. The range of subjects on offer is highly diverse, extending from Electronic Media through Environmental Sciences to Nanoscience, and covering topics drawn from Natural and Social Sciences and the Humanities. In courses designed for small groups, the students will tackle carefully selected and defined issues. For example, the Academy on “Global Environments”, organized by the Rachel Carson Center, will focus on society’s impact on climate change. Taught by eminent faculty, all of the courses on the program are of high educational value, not just ways of testing the waters before deciding where to spend a semester or begin a postgraduate degree course abroad.

New on the agenda this year is a course in International Law. The 14-day course provides students with the opportunity to come to grips with the urgent themes of war and peace in the context of the law of nations. There are also two new language courses for particular interest groups: “Wissenschaftssprache Deutsch” and “Deutsch Lehren und Lernen”. In addition to these specialized courses, German courses for beginners, intermediate-level and advanced learners are also available.

Anyone for soccer, opera, Neuschwanstein...?
Of course those who take part in the Summer Academies at MISU don’t spend all their time in laboratories and seminars. In terms of quality of life, Munich ranks among the most attractive cities in the world, and MISU’s social program is designed to ensure that students have an unforgettable time in the Bavarian capital. In addition to trips to famous attractions like the Castle of Neuschwanstein, built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, visits to museums, galleries and the opera are planned. Excursions to Salzburg or Berlin round off the program. One of the highlights of the international summer in Munich is the MISU Garden Party.

International by tradition
As one of the leading universities in Europe, LMU has a strongly international focus. With some 6500 foreign students – about 15 percent of the entire student body – representing 125 countries, LMU heads the list of German universities. In addition, more than 1500 specialists from abroad teach and carry out research at LMU. The Summer Academies – which have been organized under the auspices of the MISU for the past five years - have become an integral part of the university’s international strategy and appeal.

But the history of summer courses at LMU goes back much further, back to the 1920s in fact. After a long break, the tradition was revived in 1996, when a program of activities was put together under the overall title “International Summer in Munich”. Since then the number of courses on offer, and the numbers of students attending them, have increased continuously. In 2008, the courses were subsumed into a new entity called MISU, organized by LMU’s International Office and the students of the International University Club Munich. The change in the name was accompanied by the establishment of a unified set of standards governing course structure. Over the years since then, MISU has developed into one of the largest and most highly respected third-level Summer Schools in Germany.

For further information, please visit the MISU website.

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