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Cologne Summer School in Indien 2018

Zeitraum: 2 Wochen im September/Oktober

Thema: Social Inequality Beyond Europe - Education and Social Stratification in India


Seminare vormittags:
This summer school will bring together different theoretical perspectives on social inequality and social stratification with empirical evidence for countries beyond Europe. The topics that are proposed to be discussed are basic concepts and central theoretical models and themes in social inequality and social stratification. We then elaborate on these theoretical considerations by looking at recent empirical literature on social stratification and how institutions such as the education system and the labour market shape social inequalities. We will then sketch country characteristics and social inequalities of selected countries in CEE, MENA, South American and Asia. In particular, we will look at empirical evidence from (mainly quantitative) studies in economics and sociology about inequality in education, in the labour market and with regard to intergenerational mobility. During this program, students shall conduct their own research projects, analysing their own research question on education and social stratification using data of selected countries.

Ausflüge, kulturelles Programm


- Flüge und Visa werden von den Studierenden selbst übernommen
- Aufenthaltskosten (Kurse, Unterkunft, Verpflegung und Ausflüge) betragen circa 600 € (der genaue Betrag wird noch bekannt gegeben)
- Unter Vorbehalt der Bereitstellung der Mittel, können sich Studierende der UzK für ein Teilstipendium der Aufenthaltskosten bewerben

Anzahl TeilnehmerInnen:
15 Studierende aus Deutschland
5 Studierende der Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Eingeschrieben an der UzK oder einer Partneruniversität der China-NRW Alliance


28.Februar 2018

How to apply:

Please send your CV and your letter of motivation (both in English and not more than one page each) to:

Sarah-Marleen Dannenberg
University of Cologne 
International Office 
Universitätsstraße 22a 
Room 0.210 
Phone: 0221/470-7494 


Summer School "Graphic Literature" 2017

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COLOGNE SUMMER SCHOOL “Graphic Literature” 2017

At our Cologne Summer School “Graphic Literature” the students could follow the footsteps of German poets like Herder, Goethe and Hesse, who were longing for this fascinating country with all its cultural, religious and natural diversity already a long time ago. 

Organized by the University of Cologne in cooperation with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Doon University in Dehradun, 13 German students from different faculties and universities as well as 10 students from the Indian universities participated in the third edition of the Cologne Summer School India. The lectures on post-colonial theory and graphic literature prepared the ground for an overcoming of a situation of talking about India instead of talking with India by having fruitful discussions with the local students that certainly deepened intercultural awareness on both sides. 

Apart from the lectures in the mornings the program was filled with various excursions, starting with the stunning Palace of Love, better known as Taj Mahal. Exploring the sites of Delhi the students got to see remains of the old indo-islamic period such as the minaret Qutab Minar or the beautiful mosque Jama Masjid as well as the modern Akshardham Tempel or the Connaught Place. An authentic shopping experience at some of the Indian colorful, noisy and fragrant markets was not missing either. The journey continued on to Dehradun in the foothills of the Himalayas with a daytrip to Mussoorie, passed Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga and ended in the holy city of Haridwar, known as the “Gateway of Gods” where the students could take a glance at the fascinating Hindu ceremony Ganga Aarti. 

The Cologne Summer School “Graphic Literature” was a great way to learn about the Indian (post- colonial) history and culture in those days as much as today. By bringing students from different countries together, a place where ideas could interchange and doors were opened was successfully created.  


Summer School in the Himalayas 2015 and 2016

It all started with the idea that a summer school should not only educate students on the formal educational level but also on the informal intercultural level which opens doors and widens horizons. The Summer School in the Himalayas project was launched in August 2015 for the first time with 13 participating students from various faculties and different study areas of China-NRW Alliance institutions. It was created to give students a first insight into this beautiful country and its rich culture by offering lectures, excursions, and Hindi lessons for beginners in six different cities. The Summer School started in Delhi with a city tour through the old town including important sights and temples, continued on to Dehradun and Anjanisain in the hills of the Himalayas, and ended in Haridwar, known as the 'Gateway of Gods'. Furthermore, the students went on daytrips to Mussoorie, a small town situated in the foothills of the Garwal Himalayan ranges and Rishikesh, the world's most famous capital of yoga and 'Place of Sagas'. The lectures that were offered comprised topics such as, pre- and post-colonial history, marginalized communities in Indian society, the role of religion, and issues and challenges of development in India. In 2016, a trip to the Taj Mahal was added to the optional program due to its popularity. We're very happy about the outcome so far and hope to even enhance our program in 2017.

Looking forward to your applications!