Philosophische Fakultät

    Würzburg English-Language Programme:

    Intercultural Studies – Inside Germany


    Classes in Summer 2019

    1. Through Disaster to Democracy Germany 1900 to 1970 (Nr. 04000010/1. Gr.)
    Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 14th May through 16th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
    Lecturer: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

    2. Folklike Germany: Customs and Traditions (Nr. 04000010/2. Gr.)
    Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., from 15th May through 17th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 19
    Lecturer: Lisa Herrmann-Fertig M.A.

    3. The German „Bundestag“: Its History and Tasks II (Nr. 04000020/1. Gr.)
    Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 15th May through 17th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
    Lecturer: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

    4. German Idealism and the development of life sciences (Nr. 04000020/2. Gr.)
    Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., from 16th May through 18th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 13
    Lecturer: Dr. Fabrizio Bigotti

    5. German Newspapers and their History (Nr. 04000030/2. Gr.)
    Wednesday, 12 noon to 2 p.m., from 15th May through 17th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 21
    Lecturer: Dr. Christina Schäfer M.A.

    6. An Introduction to the History of German Literature (Nr. 04000060)
    Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., from 14th May through 16th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 21
    Lecturer: Dr. Christina Schäfer M.A.

    7. From Rome to Maastricht and beyond: The History of the European Union (Nr. 04099940)
    Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from 22th May through 24th July
    Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 13
    Lecturer: Sabrina Hüttner M.A.

    8. Cross-Cultural Impressions: Germans in America, Americans in Germany (Nr. 04099950)
    Monday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 20th May through 22nd July
    Zentrales Hörsaal- u. Seminargebäude – Room 1.005
    Lecturer: Molina Klingler M.A.

    9. Basics of Legal English (Nr. 02601000)
    Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 30th April through 23rd July
    Neue Universität (Sanderring 2) – Lecture Hall 315
    Lecturer: Rachel Zöpfl

    10. European Macropolitics (Nr. 10119070)
    Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., from 30th April through 23rd July
    Neue Universität (Sanderring 2) – Lecture hall 413
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger


    Vorlesungsverzeichnis / Class Schedule

    Next Term's Projected Classes


    Application Form

    For participation please fill in the application form below and send it back to the programme responsible.

    Application Form

    For more detailed information, please refer to the below mentioned contact.

    Application Deadline
    for Summer Semester 2019: 26 April 2019,
    for Winter Semester 2019/2020: 27 September 2019,
    for Summer Semester 2020: 1 May 2020,
    for Winter Semester 2020/21: 25 September 2020.



    Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.
    Dean's Office Faculty of Philosophy
    University of Würzburg
    Am Hubland 97074 Würzburg

    Room 7 / U / 1
    Phone: ++49 (0) 931 - 31-80781 or -31-85656
    Fax:     ++49 (0) 931 - 31-84601


    Dr. Süß is out of office:

    14th August through 16th August 2019


    Das Büro ist zu nachfolgenden Zeiten nicht besetzt:

    14. August 2019 - 16. August 2019


    Key Facts and Objectives

    The programme is addressed to students from all countries and disciplines who wish to augment their intercultural skills and to gain a better understanding of Germany as their host country

    One-semester course programme fits into ten-week period:

    13 May 2019 to 24 July 2019 in summer 2019,
    14 October 2019 to 20 December 2019 in winter 2019/2020,
    18 May to 24 July 2020 in summer 2020,
    12 October 2020 to 18 December 2020.

    One-year stay, equivalent to two complete semesters, optional

    Classes open to both students from abroad and German students of the University of Würzburg

    Participants free to select and attend one or more classes according to their preferences and interests

    Interdisciplinary and internationally orientated classes designed to promote intercultural competence and advance more profound insights into key aspects of German civilization:
    History, Politics, the Law, the Economy, the Arts, etc.

    Opportunity to interact and enhance/practice English-language proficiency inside and outside of the classroom

    Language of instruction: English

    Practical German language classes for exchange students during or in-between semesters optional, (taught by the Zentrum für Sprachen, Am Hubland, Matthias Lexer Weg 25, 97074 Würzburg, Phone: ++49 (0) 931 – 31-85659, Fax: ++ 49 (0) 931 – 31-85698, zfs@uni-wuerzburg.de)

    Intensive Courses “German as a Foreign Language” which are designed to systematically prepare participants for the German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Candidates (DSH – Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) are offered every month (organised by Universität Würzburg GmbH für Bildungs- und Campusdienstleistungen, Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg, Phone: ++49 (0)931 – 31-86613, info@deutschkurs-uni.de)



    Classes may be taken for credit within the framework of modularized study programmes, e. g. the BA, but the programme as such does not offer an own final graduation (BA, MA).

    Acquisition of language requirement

    Preparation for prolonged stay in Germany

    Supplementation of individual academic careers

    Preparation for national and international careers in both academic and non-academic sectors, meeting the demands of careers requiring expertise in multi- and transnational contexts

    Potential non-academic employers placing emphasis on intercultural experience include museums, festival organization, the media and publishing, advertising and public relations, consulting, international organizations and government organizations dealing with cultural relations, as well as multinational private business companies in various areas of industry.



    The programme is taught by specialists in their various disciplines. Instructors have a wide range of specializations and cultural interests and encourage trans- and interdisciplinary approaches in classwork.
    The main staff of the programme comprises the following persons:

    Programme Director: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.


    Requirements and Admission

    The programme invites all students intending to spend a study-abroad semester/year at the University of Würzburg or already registered there, irrespective of their chosen courses of study. Excellent English-language skills constitute the sole precondition for participation in the programme. These skills can be documented by a Bachelor of Arts degree in English or American Studies, by the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an equivalent language certificate. A good command of German is helpful but not obligatory.
    Prospective students are expected to have a distinctive interest in the field of intercultural studies and in the relevant areas of German culture.

    Examination Requirements:

    • Regular attendance, session minutes and two written papers, or
    • Regular attendance, three written papers, or
    • Regular attendance, session minutes and written exam, or
    • Regular attendance, term paper and oral presentation in class.

    Eagerly interested students may optionally increase the number of credit points procured by the classes in submitting an additional term paper.


    Additional Offers

    Every semester the programme offers also extracurricular activities. Manifold events outside the classroom include receptions by state authorities and visits to local museums, as well as guided tours and excursions (e.g., to Bamberg). Social life is fostered by a wine tasting and a brewery visit.


    Classes Offered or Projected

    Classes Offered or Projected at Present