Summer University Lingen (SUL) July 5 - July 18, 2020
Global Players and Hidden Champions: Business and Technology Made in Germany
The Summer University Lingen (SUL) takes a look at the backbone of Germany’s economy: family-owned medium-sized companies, the so-called German Mittelstand. The goal of the Summer University is to analyze the key success factors of the Mittelstand companies and to gain insight into their operations and management features. A unique feature of the SUL is the practical aspect: we will visit small and medium-sized as well as family-owned companies to directly apply what you have learned in class. You will thus gain comprehensive insight into the regional, international, and global procedures of companies in Germany, the city of Lingen and its surrounding area. The two-week program is taught in English and is open for for German and international students currently enrolled in a degree program. Please find more information on the program below.
The SUL is offered by the Faculty of Management, Culture and Technology at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and will take place in the city of Lingen.
The Faculty of Management, Culture and Technology has 2,300 students and is located in the district of Emsland in the state of Lower Saxony. The faculty offers a great variety of study programs in the fields of business, business information, engineering, communication management, nursing and theater pedagogy.
Please note that acceptance to the SUL does not imply admission to any other program at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
- Dates: July 5 - July 18, 2020
- Study in Germany: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS
- Flyer Summer University Lingen 2020
Program & Fees
The backbone of Germany’s economy are family-owned medium-sized companies, the so-called German Mittelstand, which not only have high revenues but are also often huge players on the global market. The area of Lingen, where our Summer University takes place, is home to many Mittelstand companies, many of which are considered Hidden Champions. The companies have strong ties to the region while at the same time operating very successfully on an international and global market. The Summer University will analyze the following questions:
- What is the structure of German economy and what are the challenges?
- What is the German Mittelstand and what is its way of operating?
- What are the key success factors of family-owned and medium-sized companies?
- How did they become internationally successful?
The goal of the Summer University is to analyze the key success factors of the Mittelstand companies and to gain insight into operations and management features. Students will attend lectures on topics such as
- Features of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
- International Management and International Marketing
- International Human Resource Management
- Technology based SME
Besides the lectures, students will also participate in group and project work as well as deal with case studies.
Summer University Lingen puts theory into practice!
We will visit several international operating companies to gain insight into the regional, international, and global procedures of companies in Germany, the city of Lingen and its surrounding area. Through the company visits, you are able to directly apply what we have learned in class.
The companies are from different industries such as automotive engineering, air-conditioning technology, shipbuilding and other innovative technology branches. A couple of weeks before the start of the SUL, we will announce which companies we will visit, so that participants can obtain information on the companies online in advance.
In the past, participants visited companies such as
- ROSEN Group
- Kampmann GmbH
- Meyer Werft GmbH & Co. KG
- Bergmann Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
The company visits are a great opportunity to get a unique insight into the company, talk to company representatives, get first-hand information and build a network with potential future employers to find out what German employers are looking for.
By attending the program, students will improve soft skills such as:
- Communication (presentations and discussions in English)
- Team work with international groups
- Intercultural skills
- Critical thinking
We offer participants
- a small classroom and a great learning environment (max. 20 students)
- a great support team
- dedicated professors and staff
- networking with company representatives and getting to know possible job opportunties
- getting to know Germany and German culture
We are currently still working on the final program for 2020. In order to get an idea of what the program of the SUL 2019 looked like, please refer to the program of 2019: Program SUL 2019.
Various leisure activities and a weekend trip to Berlin complete this program and offer the opportunity to learn more about Lingen, the Emsland region as well as Germany as a whole. International participants will get to know each other during common sport activities, cultural trips, pub crawls and barbecues.The leisure activities will be organized and accompanied by our German student assistants who will offer tours through Lingen and make sure that you will feel at home quickly.
The weekend trip to Berlin is included in the program fee and includes transport and accommodation (shared rooms in a hostel, including breakfast) as well as a guided city tour through Berlin.
Our faculty offers 5 ECTS (credit points) for attending the Summer University. The 5 ECTS are awarded for attendance at the lectures, atttendance at the company visits and for passing the final exam. The final exam will take place at the end of the two-week program and will cover the topics of the lectures. The final exam will will be graded. Your home university decides on whether the 5 ECTS are recognized towards your degree.
All participants will receive a Certifiacte of Attendance and a Transcript of Records. Please note that attendance and successful completion of the program is required for receiving 5 ECTS and a Certificate of Attendance.
The program fee for international students is 1200 EUR and includes:
- tuition and teaching materials
- accommodation in a shared student apartment
- company visits and transfer to the companies
- welcome dinner
- various leisure activities
- weekend trip to Berlin (including accommodation, breakfast, city tour)
If you would like to make your own housing resveration (hotel, vacation apartment), the program fee is 950 Euro. Please refer to the housing section to get more information on housing options.
The program fee does not include:
- travel and visa costs
- meals in Lingen and Berlin
- additional expenses for leisure activities
- health, accident or liability insurance
Applications by March 1, 2020 benefit from an early-bird booking option. The early-bird fee is 1000 EUR.
In case you are submitted to the program, the fee is due May 20, 2020.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students upon request. The scholarships are preferably granted to students from partner universities of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Please contact us to inquire whether scholarships are available in 2020. Students who are granted a scholarship will pay a reduced program fee of 500 EUR. This fee includes the same services as mentioned above.
Fee for students from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
Students from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences pay 200 EUR inlcuding the trip to Berlin and 100 EUR without the trip to Berlin.The fee includes the company visits and the team-building events / leisure activities.
If you cancel your reserved space, the following cancellation fees apply:
If you cancel your reserved space before May 15, we will refund the whole program fee.
If you cancel your reserved space after May 15 and before June 15, only 50% is refundable.
If you cancel your reserved space after June 15, the program fee is not refundable.
January 10 until May 1
You will be informed about the acceptance to the program
The program fee is due by this date. You will find the banking information in your Letter of Acceptance
Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner
Beginning of the Summer University Lingen
July 6 to 10
Lectures and Company Visits
July 10 to 12
Three-day trip to Berlin
July 13 to 17
Lectures, Company Visits and Final Exams
The SUL welcomes German and international undergraduate and graduate students of any study program. You should be interested in the above mentioned topics and should be willing to engage in group work and discussion with students from all over the world. There are 20 spaces available. The applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received.
In order to apply for our program, you need to be currently enrolled at a university abroad or at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The application consists of the following documents:
- Online Application form: Please find the application form here.
- Letter of motivation in which you state why you apply for the SUL
- Transcript of Records of your current study program
- Copy of passport
Please fill out the online application before sending us further documents.
All documents should be
- in English
- file format PDF
- reference: surname_title_of_document
Please send all documents via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in Lingen
Looking back on more than 1,000 years of history, Lingen has many stories to tell. Nowadays, 52,000 inhabitants live in Lingen’s safe and family-friendly neighborhoods and work in nearby businesses. Lingen has a rich cultural life, and both our students and staff are very active not only in participating, but also in shaping many activities. Studying in Lingen means becoming part of the community, both on and off campus.
What makes Campus Lingen special?
- teaching and learning is very practice-oriented
- small study groups
- modern learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
- close cooperation with companies and organizations in the region
What makes the city of Lingen special?
- safe city with very welcoming and open-minded people
- city center in walking distance from campus
- a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars
- cultural offers such as theaters, cinemas and a concert hall
- great nature activities, such as bike-riding, canoeing, swimming
- good public transportation to explore neighboring cities such as Münster, Osnabrück, Bremen or even Amsterdam (Netherlands)
The Summer University Lingen will take place from July 5 until July 18, 2020. Sunday, July 5 is the offical day of arrival. Please make sure to arrive before 7 pm in Lingen so that you can attend the Welcome Dinner. Saturday, July 18 is the offical day of departure. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you can move into your student apartment before Sunday, July 5. Thus, if you arrive a day earlier, you may need to stay in a hotel that you have to arrange and pay for on your own. The accommodation is also only available until Saturday, July 18 and you, again, need to make other arrangements, if you wish to stay longer in Lingen.
Travel arrangements to and from Lingen (Ems) should be made by the participants themselves. Lingen does not have its own airport, but can be reached by railway. Please note that we do not provide airport-pick up. We will, however, pick you up from the train station in Lingen and bring you to your student apartment.
During the entire planning phase, the Summer University team is happy to help should there be any further questions on transport.
You can choose between two housing options:
Option 1: Shared student apartment
Students will be accommodated with other German or international students in student apartments near the campus. Students will have their own bedroom but will usually share a bathroom and a kitchen. The apartments are located throughout the city of Lingen and are not in one building complex .There is no cleaning service included. You are responsible for keeping your own room and the common areas (kitchen and bathroom) clean.
Option 2: Find your own housing
You can organize housing for yourself in one of the hotels in Lingen or vacation apartments. After your acceptance to the program, you will receive a list of possible hotels and apartments. You are responsible for making your own reservations.
Visa and insurance
Depending on the bilateral agreement your country has with Germany, you may or may not need a visa to enter Germany. Students from EU-countries usually do not require a visa. For all non-EU-students, the safest way to determine whether you need a visa is by means of the German Federal Foreign Office's website.
There are different kinds of visa for different purposes. If you are participating in a short program of less than 90 days (e.g. a summer university or a German language course), you can apply for a “Schengen Visa” which allows you to travel in all the “Schengen Countries”. However, after 90 days you must leave the country. For more information, please consult the German embassy or German consulate in your country of residence. You can find the addresses on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Please make sure to inform yourself which visa you need to apply for and check with the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
The visa application is to be submitted to the German Embassy or the German Consulate in your country of residence, preferably as early as possible. The application procedure in general takes about 8 weeks (counted from the day of submitting the visa application). Thus, please make sure that you allow enough time for the application procedure.
Please note that participants have the responsibility to obtian health, accident and liability insurance on their own and provide evidence of the respective inurance before the start of the SUL.
Non-EU students have to obtain travel health insurance. It might be possible to extend the travel insurance so that it covers the whole duration of your stay in Germany. We strongly recommend that you inform yourself in detail before your departure about your insurance coverage abroad and if required, obtain the necessary insurance.
EU students are also required to provide evidence of their health insurance. Please ask your health insurance company at home if your complete stay in Germany is covered. Usually you do not have to obtain an additional health insurance policy, but you can obtain a "European Health Insurance Card" (EHIC) or an equivalent from your insurance company.
Please be aware that participants of the Summer University Lingen are not insured by Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and that the university does not assume any liability. Thus, participants are responsible for their own health, accident and liability insurance.
- How to get here with Deutsche Bahn (German Railway): Deutsche Bahn
- How to get here with Dutch Rail: Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)
- Nearby airports are, for example, Düsseldorf (DUS), Münster/Osnabrück (FMO), Hanover (HAJ) or Amsterdam (AMS)
- Katharina Freitag
International Faculty Office - Campus Lingen
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
49809 Lingen (Ems)
Phone: +49 (0)591 80098-299