What comes to your mind when you hear a term like “German Culture”? Do you think of fast and luxurious cars, such as BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche? Or do you have alleged “German” virtues in mind – discipline, punctuality and efficiency? Or maybe you think of the famous German beer, of Lederhosen, Dirndl, Sauerkraut, and the Münchner Oktoberfest?
Whatever you do have in mind, and whatever you are expecting from your semester abroad – Germany is, of course, much more than the clichés and stereotypes with which the country is connected. During your stay, you will find that Germany today offers a highly heterogeneous set of aspects in high and popular culture: literature, film, and the performing arts all play an important part in shaping a rich cultural landscape, regional as well as transregional. In addition, the increasing importance of multiculturalism and the co-existence of multiple cultural standards eventually create an open network of numerous (sub-) cultures.
Intended only for you, the exchange students in Landau, this seminar mainly aims at introducing you to a choice of highly interesting facets of the country, its history, and its culture. But it isn’t meant to be just another “typical” lecture – we will not only discuss several examples of German culture from different areas. It also includes a walk through Landau’s beautiful French Quarter, as an example of regional culture, a group dinner with German food (yes, we will live up to some of your expectations!) and a typical German BBQ. Depending on the interest of the group, which we will discuss in our first session, we can also plan a trip to a museum – maybe the “Stone Age Cannibal’s” Museum in Herxheim –, visit a play in a regional theater, watch a German movie, and discuss contemporary German music and literature.
For those students who want to get credit for this course, there will be a final, written, exam at the end of the course. The exam will focus on the lectures you will attend. Requirements for credit are regular attendance of the course and the passing of the final exam.
Three excursions to two contemporary art exhibitions and one artist’s studio in the region are an integral part of the course program. The details will be given at the preliminary meeting.
(3 different venues comprising approx. 4-6 lesson units each)
Studio work Landau:
Experimental art work and general discussion (English language)
Also: advance preparation for excursions and post-excursion discussion
(3 meetings comprising 3 -4 lesson units - break optional)
Please note that the third studio meeting in Landau provides students with an opportunity to submit papers or give oral and visual presentations on a course-related theme of their own choice.
The venue in Landau will be: Atelier Ostring 24. Students will be informed in advance of any changes of location or time.
Academic Programs in English
- Web Science - Master program at Koblenz Campus
- Ecotoxicology - Master program at Landau campus (s. list of International Programs in Germany, DAAD webpage)
- International Cognitive Visualization – a dual degree program at Landau campus in cooperation with Université Mendès-France, Grenoble/France and California State University, Chico/USA
- Summer Academy Management and Information Systems. June 24 - July 19, 2013 at Koblenz campus.
- Summer Academy on Spatial Ecotoxicology and Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment - Using an Open Community Approach. September 9 - 23, 2013 at Landau campus
You must be nominated and introduced by your home university.
We would like to point out that student dormitories are managed by the Studierendenwerk (an independent service organization), not by the University. The International Office makes great efforts to reserve rooms in the student residences for students in official exchange programs. Students receive a copy of the leasing contract together with a bill for the deposit and the total amount of rent by e-mail. The deposit and the total amount of rent must be paid by international bank transfer in advance. The leasing contract has to be originally signed with Studierendenwerk after arrival. The rent for a room is € 1500 per semester and includes heating, water, electricity, use of bathroom/shower and kitchen.
The Studierendenwerk has fixed the following leasing periods:
Winter term: 01. October – 31. March -- Summer term: 01. April – 30. September
Contracts for other leasing periods are not possible!
Apartments can be single or double. Single and double apartments consist of- bedsitting room(s), shower, toliet, washbasin, kichenette with a refrigerator. Double apartments have a balcony. All apartments are furnished. Apartments are furnished with large closet, bed, desk, office chair, desk lamp, book shelves, bedding and linens, some china, two glasses, fork, knife, spoon.
Cooking utensils are not avaIiable!
Other facilities include:
- lockabe bicycle storage room in the basement (accessible from the inside and outside)
- Laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers
- telephone connection in each room
- satelite connection
Apartments become available on 1 April and 1 October.
may be submitted by 30 June and 30 November.
Length of tenancy is set for a period of 1 term. This may be extended to one further term by new application.
Applications can be submitted to:
Studierendenwerk Vorderpfalz, Fortstraße 7,
Please include a proof of matriculation/acceptance to university (freshmen may submit this at a later date) and a passport photo.
If your application cannot be considered, you will be notified by the beginning of term.
Finances – living costs
When you are planning your budget for living in Germany you need to calculate your everyday living expenses including your food, accommodation (rent, deposit, other bills), books, clothes, leisure activities and socializing.
The following items are the student’s responsibility:
- Rent: € 1500 for one semester (to be paid before arrival).
- Deposit: € 300 to be paid before arrival (€ 30 will be deducted from the deposit for the rental of bedding and linens. You will be reimbursed € 270 if you return all keys and your room in a well-swept manner and without any damage)
- Professional cleaning: will be done after your leaving the room well-swept; costs of € 70 are to paid before arrivalPurchase of medical insurance: approx. € 480 per term for students younger than 30 years; to be paid at once upon arrival
- Charge of Sozialbeitrag (social subscription): € 104,28 per semester to be payed upon arrival.
- This subscription is levied upon all students and is contributed towards the services of the University such as Studierendenwerk and the Student Union (AStA). It is not a tuition fee. Payment is a precondition for registration.
- Personal expenses for food, books, leisure activities: approximate cost € 250 per month.
Those costs of living add up to approximately € 3.700 per semester.
The academic year is divided into a winter semester (1 October - 31 March) and a summer semester (1 April - 30 September).
Semester Classes begin Classes end
WS 2013/14 Monday, October 21, 2013 Saturday, February 8, 2014
SoSe 2014 Monday, April 22, 2014 Saturday, August 2, 2014
Important dates: (summer term – 2014)
Arrival: 1st April – 8th April
Welcome Day for Internationals: 8th April
Documents for enrollment ready: 8th April
Orientation test for German language course: 8th April (afternoon)
Application for library identification: 10th April
Application for computer base identification: 11th April
Welcome Day for all starters: 14th April
Guided library tour / computer base tour 15th April
Start of lecture period: 22nd April
Orientation meetings in university faculties and institutes are usually held before the beginning of classes. The International Office provides centrally-organized introductory events for foreign students; attendance is compulsory.
Write a study plan on a separate paper, stating the courses you wish to take.
If necessary, you can make changes to your study plan upon arrival.
Information on courses
For preliminary information see actual course lists of winter term 2013/14. Courses for summer term 2014 will be available in February 2014.
For additional information, please contact your coordinator at the Landau campus,
Professor Dr. Christoph Zuschlag directly.
The application form may be obtained either directly from the International Office at your home university or by downloading it from our website:
Deadline for winter semester: May 31
Deadline for summer semester: Nov. 3
Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz campus
56070 KOBLENZ, GERMANY
Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Landau campus
D-76829 LANDAU, GERMANY
Your coordinator at the Landau campus:
Professor Dr. Christoph Zuschlag, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Bildende Kunst, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal and visiting address: on campus, building H, room no. 6, D-76829 Landau
International Office at the Landau campus:
Mrs. Jutta Bohn, Email: email@example.com
Postal and visiting address: Westring 2, D-76289 Landau