Summer Course (Mainz Campus)

Language Courses for Beginners

  • These courses are for learners of German on a beginners’ level including absolute beginners.
  • The course language is German. Normally, there are no more than 15 learners in one class.
  • The language classes aim at improving the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • There are 28 hours of teaching each week:
    • four hours in the morning (fives times a week) and
    • two hours in the afternoon (four times a week).

Language Courses for Learners of an Intermediate and Advanced Level

  • These courses are for learners of German on an intermediate or advanced level.
  • The course language is German. Normally, there are no more than 15 learners in one class.
  • The language classes aim at improving the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • There are four hours of instruction every weekday morning (20 hours of classes each week).
  • In the afternoon, there are seminars that focus on the humanities, law, and economics, and for teachers of the German language in schools and institutions of higher education. Each of these seminars amounts to 14 hours all in all.


  • Course participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • All applicants who have already learned German need certification of their German language skills
  • All participants of the courses have to write the placement test offered at the beginning of the course.

To apply for the course, please send in the (completed and signed) application form, a certificate of your German language skills if you have already learned some German, and two photos.

At the end of 2013, the application form will be published on this website.

Tuition Fee and Accommodation

The fee for the course is 550 Euro.

The cost for accommodation, teaching material, and provisions is NOT included in the tuition fee.

From Monday to Saturday, you may have lunch at the Mensa and there are a number of cafeterias on campus of JGU.

The International Summer Course does not have any dormitories of its own. However, the campus of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is easily accessible by public transportation, and the International Summer Course assists participants in finding suitable accommodation. Further information about accommodation in Mainz is provided once participants have applied for the program.

Tutoring and Social Program

Participants of the Vacation Courses will be assisted by student tutors from Germany and other countries.

The tutors accompany the participants on field trips and other extracurricular activities. The latter also include concerts, a “stammtisch” (regulars’ table) and other events.

Homestay after the Course

After the Vacation Course, the students have the opportunity to participate in a homestay program to spend two weeks with a German family. Through this homestay, the participants can experience German culture more closely, make new friends, and improve their language ability.

German families open their homes to a foreign student for two weeks. Guests and families both find this intercultural experience a great personal enrichment. Host families live in many different regions of Germany.

General Information


It is essential that you take out health insurance cover that is valid for Germany.

Please contact your health insurance provider at home to find out whether any doctor’s and hospital fees you may incur during your stay in Germany will be reimbursed. The insurance company must confirm in writing that your insurance cover also applies to Germany.

If your health insurance in your home country does not cover Germany, it may be possible for you to take out private medical cover in Germany.

Please note that costs for certain illnesses or treatments, in the case of chronic illnesses for instance, are not usually covered by private health insurance policies in Germany.

Please ensure that your health insurance cover applies immediately after your arrival in Germany and covers the duration of your stay in Germany!

In principle, everyone in Germany can be held liable for any damage he/she has caused up to an unlimited amount. A private liability insurance policy will cover any related claims, i.e. resulting from material losses or physical injury.

It is therefore essential that you take out liability insurance, especially as this is not expensive.


Citizens of certain countries who intend to stay for more than three months or to work in Germany may require a visa before arrival. Please make sure that the visa covers the duration of your stay in Germany, probably including the time of the homestay after the Summer Course.

Information about visa requirements can be found on the homepage of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and of the German Missions Abroad.