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International summer school program kicks off at LMU Munich

Munich, 06/23/2008

At the forthcoming summer school programs of LMU Munich, students and academics from Germany and further afield will benefit from high-caliber teaching and ambitious academic courses.

International Summer Research Program
A new addition to the summer programs is the International Summer Research Program of the “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM) cluster of excellence. This eight-week program is aimed at international students in the fields of natural and engineering sciences with a particular interest in nanosciences, and focuses on 13 nanoscience projects from quantum optics theory or biophysics to low-temperature physics. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day life of a prestigious research scientist and experience the array of phases involved, from planning and performing experiments to evaluating and presenting the results. In addition, excursions to sights such as Neuschwanstein Castle or Salzburg and other activities such as a barbecue on the River Isar are planned. The course runs from July 1 to August 29. Further information is available on the Internet at

Munich Summer Curriculum Exploring New Media (MSC)
LMU Munich’s longest summer program takes place from June 23 to August 31. In these ten weeks, international students will take part in the course “Exploring new Media: Technology – Economics – Communication Sciences”, held in English and organized jointly by US American and German professors. This summer school combines training in theory and applied science with practical work experience at German TV stations or other media companies. In addition to examining communication theories and processes, the course presents new technologies and also addresses media management. International students also take German classes and can participate in an extensive program of leisure activities and excursions. Further information is available on the Internet at

Munich University Summer Training in German and European Law (MUST)
A further area of the academic summer school program is the four-week “Munich University Summer Training in German and European Law” (MUST), held in English from July 2 through 29 at the Law Faculty of LMU Munich. MUST provides an in-depth introduction to German and European law, focusing on German civil law and German and European commercial law, and is taught by professors and members of the Faculty. Under the directorship of Professor Dagmar Coester-Waltjen, the program has been a success since its launch in 2001; the participation of the 30 international students and young academics, who undergo a strict selection procedure, receives financial support from the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD). The Summer Academy aims to provide outstanding advanced training in current areas of research interest, while also serving as an introduction to research at the prestigious Law Faculty at LMU Munich. Its students are given the opportunity to develop a feeling for special features of German and European law and to expand their basic knowledge of German and European legal institutions. The high-level course program is accompanied by a varied range of specialist and cultural activities and an optional German course. Further information is available on the Internet at

European Studies Program Berlin – Munich – Prague
The International Summer University Program Berlin – Munich – Prague 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 as well as young politicians, civil servants and businesspeople. The course is divided between the universities of Berlin, Munich and Prague: Berlin focuses on Germany’s past, present and future interests, while students at Munich examine European foreign policy in depth and Prague addresses topics of EU enlargement. The program is organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) of LMU Munich and FU Berlin. Course 1, “European Studies – Intensive” is held from July 20 to August 22, Course 2, “European Studies + German Language Course” from July 20 to August 29. Further information is available on the Internet at

Arnold Sommerfeld Summer School
The Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics is holding a summer school from October 6 through 10 for degree, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates from the academic institutions sited in and around Munich and other participants from Germany and abroad. This year’s Summer School will focus on conformal field theory applications. Information on this Summer School can be found at the website of the Arnold Sommerfeld Center,

Katrin Gröschel
Communications & Media Relations
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