The International Summer University Kassel | UNIKIMS – Die Management School der Universität Kassel

Join our VASP Kassel 2021, gain new knowledge and earn a certificate and credits!

Date: June 21 - July 16, 2021

Documenta Summer School

Documenta Summer School

The Summer Course in the Heart of Europe


The documenta Summer School in Kassel is a short term education program dedicated to students and graduates from the areas of Fine Arts, Cultural Sciences and also Economics. The program offers insight of how to curate an exhibition 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 Kassel.

The documenta Summer School takes place in close collaboration with the documenta studies at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Documenta professor Dr. Nora Sternfeld and Julia Stolba, study assistant at the documenta studies, will conduct a programme on critical documenta research and practice for the Summer School. Together, we will discuss about documenta´s history and present as well as about wider relevant curatorial practices, histories and institutions. 

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Module: documenta - Inside Arts
20 contact hours and 3 credit points


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.


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Module: Intercultural Communication
20 contact hours and 3 credit points


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).

Learning goals:

Development and promotion of intercultural competence: knowledge, change of perspectives, esteem, authenticity and ability to act.


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In addition to the two modules, you will also take part in the German language course.

German Language Course
40 contact hours and 4 credit points

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.


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Including the academic program, our unique accommodation with a host family, excursions, visits, leisure program, tickets for buses and trams, insurance and continuous care, the fee is 2,190 euros.
Date: June 18 - July 16, 2022


You see, everything is included. You only have to pay for your lunch in the cafeteria. But that's cheap with about 4 euros. You can of course get breakfast and dinner from your host parents/family.


NOTE: Students joining this program have the possibility to choose a module offered in Venice "Curatorship of Contemporary Art" as a second module. More information on the program can be found here: "Curatorship of Contemporary Art" (Venice)


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.

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