The Summer Course in the Heart of Europe
The documenta Summer School in Kassel is a unique short term education program specially dedicated to students interested in arts. The participants take a specifically created seminar class and will experience the benefits of studying in another country. The documenta program focusses on academic education, while also creating an environment that encourages learning in and about another culture, both through activities and well chosen lectures.
The documenta Summer School will take place in collaboration with the documenta studies at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.
Julia Stolba, study assistant at the documenta studies, will conduct a programme on critical documenta research and practice for the Summer School. In conversation with documenta professor Nora Sternfeld we will discuss about documenta´s history and present as well as about wider relevant curatorial practices, histories and institutions. Each seminar consists of 20 contact hours and is worth 3 credit points.
documenta - Inside Arts
The documenta in Kassel is one of the most important and well known modern arts exhibitions in the world. Since the beginning in 1953, it has grown continuously and can be experienced not only in museums and art halls but also in many places throughout the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, in 2017 more than one million visitors came to North Hesse. The University of Kassel offers interested students and graduates, especially from the areas of Fine Arts, Cultural Sciences and also Economics, the chance to get involved with the theory and practice of documenta and to learn about its history up to now. “Inside Arts” offers insight in how to curate an exhibition of this dimension – from pre-planning to the management of the documenta, including international marketing. We will visit the documenta Archive, art galleries and museums exhibiting documenta art. In addition, 2019 is the year of the Bauhaus centennial, which will be celebrated with the Kassel exhibition Bauhaus / documenta. Vision und Marke (vision and brands) which allows us to discuss these two concepts together with the organisers of the exhibition.
The course finishes with the Berlin trip. In the capital, we will experience street art, which Berlin is famous for, including the East Side Gallery – the longest remaining part of the Berlin wall painted with graffiti art. Famous art museums like the Nationalgalerie / Museum Island, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art), or the Gemäldegalerie with masterpieces from the Middle Ages to Baroque will also be a part of the trip.
After the Berlin tour, you can continue with the seminar in intercultural communication or with a seminar in Venice at the University Ca‘ Foscari on the topic of the Venice arts exhibition “Biennale”.
In our world, the cooperation of people from different cultures has become the norm in all areas.
Members of heterogeneous teams differ structurally and culturally from one another: attitudes, needs, values and behavior are different, so that dealing with diversity becomes a critical success factor. In particular, it may e.g. very different patterns of perception and behavior in dealing with hierarchy and status, power distance, future orientation, gender equality, performance orientation, insecurity avoidance, the perception of career options, the balance between cooperation and competition, the development of a professional identity, gender typical occupational behaviors, informal norms of professional ethics Communication and work engagement, which can make communication and confidence building beyond mere language barriers much more difficult.
In our module you will get to know and understand foreign cultural orientation systems better. We teach you the relevant basics, address intercultural overlapping situations and, together with you, develop guidelines for international encounters at home and abroad that are tailored to your needs.
Our Cultural Awareness Training
- provides you with the necessary foundations for intercultural communication
- supports you in setting up and optimizing your intercultural competence
- makes you aware of your own cultural self-assessment and the diversity of cultures
- It serves to develop self-awareness and cultural-awareness, which are necessary in dealing with every foreign culture
- deals with selected topics in intercultural encounters: cultural awareness, the influence of culture on behavior, leadership styles, dealing with conflicts, culture shock, bargaining styles
- lets you recognize and exploit the synergy potential of multicultural workforces
- supports you in the development of bases of action and guidelines for international cooperation
- builds transnational competence
Forms of learning and methods:
Short lectures, discussions, self-assessment and self-awareness exercises, role-playing games, loosening games, simulations, videos, pictures and culture assimilator (CA).
Development and promotion of intercultural competence: knowledge, change of perspectives, esteem, authenticity and ability to act.
In addition to the two seminars, you will also take part in the German language course.
German Language Course
German as a Foreign Language (40 hours)
Studying German in Germany and practicing your skills in everyday situations is a very effective way to improve your German.
The Summer School offers German language courses at three different levels - depending on the number of participants and their German language skills. Students will be assigned to the level that best fits their competence.
Our language courses are designed to fit the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (European Language Portfolio). The ISU program offers courses at the following levels: A1 (beginners) and, depending on the level of the participants, A2, B1, B2 and C1. The description explains which language skills you will have AFTER the course [... more Information].
The applied teaching and learning methods are based on a progressive and innovative concept which includes, among others, team work, games, and CALL (computer-aided language learning), etc. Students will study in small groups and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Our experienced teachers are carefully selected. They are especially qualified for teaching German as a foreign language.
According to their personal interest students are able to gain useful insights in the chosen field of study and improve their intercultural communication skills in a highly international learning environment.
The university program is combined with excursions to companies, historic places/towns near Kassel and several leisure time activities. All included in the program fee. Kassel's location in central Germany makes other destinations in Germany and Europe easily reachable within a few hours. A excursion to Berlin is optional.
In addition, students will be accommodated at a host family for the time of their stay. Due to this structure the program guarantees a broad and realistic impression of German culture, historical heritage and daily life in modern society.