Summer University 2016

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Politics is all about power. That’s what Kevin Spacey’s character teaches us in the series “House of Cards”. But in fact, it’s much more than that. Join us for our awesome Summer University where we are going to discuss and broach the issues of Human Rights, Economics and Democracy. But this is not the average, boring University course, here you will become active yourself: First you are going to do a POL&IS (Politics and International Security) simulation game where economical, ecological and political aspects of international politics are discussed; together with a German University organization. Second, you will visit European and National Institutions in 3 different cities: Frankfurt (European Central Bank/ECB), Strasbourg (European Parliament and Council of Europe) and Karlsruhe (Federal Constitutional Court). Third, visiting three great cities isn't enough; in fact, you will have the chance to see two more cities not far from beautiful Heidelberg. And fourth, of course, you will experience the famous bars of the Heidelberg old town, the nightlife of Karlsruhe and Mannheim and have a lot of fun while exploring all those wonderful cities. Still not convinced? Well, here’s one last advantage: you will sleep in REAL beds!

General Information:

From: Sunday, August 14th
To: Saturday, August 27th
Starts in: Heidelberg
Ends in: Heidelberg
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: Civic Education /
Fee: 182€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Youth Hostel with real beds but the participants will need to bring linen, sleeping bags and pillows!
Confirmation: Send copy of the ticket OR pay 50% of the fee in advance
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No


The theme will be about Human Rights, Polictics/Democracy and Economics.


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Our ideal participant:

    To make this Summer University awesome we rely on motivated and committed participants. If you have an interest in the topics discussed during this SU, such as international and national politics or economic dynamics, willing to be active in debates yourself and excited to explore 5 (!) different cities, you’ll have a great time during this SU!


  • city tours in six different cities: Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Schwetzingen, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Speyer and visiting European and national institutions
  • POL&IS Simultation Game, organized by the university organization "Foreign and Security policy"
  • Workshops and discussions relating Human Rights, Politics and Economy
  • relaxing at a lake nearby Heidelberg
  • bars, restaurants, parties and, of course, surprises

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Officials from the university organization "foreign and security policy", members of our local
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:


Did you know that a big group of students in Heidelberg were sent to prison in the 19. Century because they were fighting for democracy and the freedom of speech? You can hear more about that story when you’ll stay in the student city at the river Neckar, with its beautiful old town center and the ancient and famous castle!


This modern and vibrant city is the financial center of Germany and place of the ECB.


The castle of Schwetzingen is famous for its magical garden with a mosque and fountains, temples, pavilions and sculptures.


This Alsatian city (France) is not only well known for its beautiful old town center and the traditional "tarte flambée" but also for the location of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Karlsruhe and Speyer

Speyer is a pretty city with an interesting Jewish history and a cathedral that was built one millennium ago!
Karlsruhe is the center for the judisiary of Germany with the location of the Federal Constitutional Court. There's also a nice old town with a well-known castle!