Summer University

What is a Summer University?

The Summer University is an event that takes place during summer between one and four weeks in most of the cities that AEGEE is present. Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are some of the reasons why 20 to 50 young Europeans from all over Europe come together in each Summer University to taste the diversity of multiculturalism.

The Summer University Project was born in 1988 with the intention to promote the European Integration. This project is the main tool of AEGEE to attain this difficult but fascinating target. Since that time, it has been continuing every year with the participation of more than 120 antennae.

The activities carried out during a Summer University range from academic, such as classes to learn a foreign language, different courses on technical themes to multicultural activities: get familiar with Finnish culture, Spanish history, Greek mythology; learn how to sail, attend a photography course in Turkey or do hike in Polish woods, etc. Moreover, each Summer University follows a concrete theme throughout its duration that can be related to European Integration, International Politics, Active Citizenship, Education, Culture, Peace, Personal Development and many more.

In a Summer University you will be given the chance to taste different food, to listen to different music, to dance with that music and at the end love it, to be good friends with people from different countries and then arranging trips together, you will learn to say „hi“ in another 20 languages, you will feel free, you will love, you will experience, you will learn new things, you will do things you hadn’t imagined… You will feel the AEGEE spirit, you will feel what is a SU!

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Types

Summer Course (SC)

The Summer Course is a course about a specific topic ranging from language and local culture to environment and politics. It has a duration of two to four weeks. Participants receive at least 14 hours of tuition per week. The fee of 11 Euros/night includes tuition, lodging, two meals per day (of which one is warm) and a social program.

Summer Course Plus (SC+)

The Summer Course Plus is mostly the same as the previous one with the great difference that during its duration of two to four weeks, participants receive at least 20 hours of intensive tuition per week by professionals on the topic. The fee of 14 Euros/night includes tuition, lodging, two meals per day (of which one is warm) and a social program.

Travelling Summer University (TSU)

The Travelling Summer University is organized by two or more locals. During the 2-4 weeks of cultural trip through a part of Europe, the group stays in at least 4 different places. The aim of this event is to combine the different lifestyles and cultures of the places visited with acourse provided like in Summer Course. Since there is a lot of time spent in travelling, the tuition hours are less than Summer Course, but at least 10 hours per week. The fee of 14 Euros/night includes lodging, two meals per day (of which one is warm), travel costs from the first to the last place mentioned in the programme and a social program.

Summer Break (SB)

The Summer Break is a summer event, that is organised as an initiative in accordance with the anniversary of the 30 years of Summer University Project. It is an event that lasts 6-8 nights. Its basic aim is to act as a pilot for a new type of Summer University. It has 10 hours of tuition per week. The fee of 14 euros/night includes lodging, two meals per day (of which one is warm), travel costs from the first to the last place mentioned in the programme and a social program.

List of the Summer Universities of 2018

Durations & Dates

From one to three weeks. The usual duration is two weeks. All SUs are held between June and September.

Price

The prices per week are:

  • SC: 77€
  • SC+, SB and TSU: 98€

If the SU lasts longer, or less, the price varies according to the week price.

The method of payment depends on the SU. You may have to pay 50% in advance and 50% upon arrival, 100% in advance, 100% on arrival…

What’s included in the price?

  • Accommodation during the whole event.
  • Meals: Two per day of which at least one is warm. Vegetarian, non-pork food and other special requeriments will be provided.
  • Transportation during the event, tickets to recreational sites, cultural landmarks, activities, museums … and everything else included in the program. And of course the parties!

What is not included in the price?

  • Transportation (plane, train …) to where you are going to participate in a SU.
  • Activities not included in the program. Some SU can offer a unique activity for an extra fee (for example, entry to a water park), which is optional anyway.

Accomodation

It depends on the SU. It may be a hostel, camping, tent, gym, houses of AEGEE members, student flats,… In any case, if you want to know more details about the accommodation, read the „lodging“ specification in each SU description and if you still have doubts, contact the organizers of the specific SU.

Organization

The SUs are organized by students like you, voluntarily (AEGEE is a non-profit association) and it has nothing to do with a travel agency. You will become friend of the organizers, because they’re like you; you’ll have fun with them during the day, they will show you their city, sleep in your same accommodation, and go out partying with you…

If you want to enjoy a sun and beach holidays in a luxury resort, this is not for you. If you want an unforgettable holiday with other young europeans like you in, this is what you’ve been looking for!

Cooperation

If your SU has a cooperation with a Working Group or Project, you are given the chance to learn more about specific topics and through interactive workshops or games, gain more knowledge on a specific content. Lastly, all Summer Universities this year have a theme throughout all the event.

Schedule

Each SU has a different program according to their topic and capabilities. Usually every local has a website or facebook page specifically appointed for their SU where they share lots of details about the program.

Language

English is the official language of AEGEE. You will be able to discover that you know more English than you think because you’ll be 24 hours a day with about 30 people from across Europe, which necessarily have to communicate in English! It is also a great way to practice your various other languages with native speakers.

Participants

The minimum number of participants is 12 and maximum 50. The average is 25 places.

The participants come from any of the other AEGEE locals who are scattered across Europe. Normally participants don’t know each other before coming to the SU, so everyone will be eager to make friends with others. What characterizes AEGEE is that people are very open and there is no prejudice about people and where they are coming from.

Things to bring

It depends on the SU. There is a specification of „special equipment“ in each SU description. For example, if you sleep in a gym, you have to bring sleeping bag and an (air)mattress. If you go to the beach, bring a swimming suit. If you go to the mountains, you’ll need warm clothes, etc.

During basically all Summer Universities it is tradition to organize an evening called „European Night,“ in which each participant prepares typical dishes from their country, or brings a traditional drink from home. Depending on the SU, they will tell you if you can cook there, or if you should just take some non perishable food or drinks.

Do not forget also to pack some pocket money (amount depends on the country you are travelling to), evening activities and additional food are not included in the fee.

You can find more information about the Application Procedure here.

If you have more questions about Summer Universities in general or you need help with your motivation letter have a look a the Frequently Asked Questions or write an email to external@aegee-mannheim.de

Apply and have the SUmmer of your Life!