Last week I returned home from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, where I attended the first German (and) Theology International Summer School.
The summer school ran from 6th-24th July, and was attended by 17 students (including 7 nationalities, and representing 10 universities). The course was organised by the Protestant Faculty of Theology at the University of Mainz, and included daily language classes based around German theological texts, plus three German theology modules also covering a number of further texts. The course is aimed at current or potential theology PhD students who are fluent in English but who need to be able to read texts in German for research purposes (it assumes some basic knowledge of German before arrival). Weekend excursions were also organised.
The summer school was excellent and a very valuable experience. We could not have been given a warmer welcome by the Faculty members and language tutors, and a number of us attended additional lectures and classes in German during our stay. The participants were a great group to spend time and study with. We were all able to progress our language skills significantly during the course, and have come home feeling equipped to take forward our reading of German texts individually. Sincere thanks especially to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Volp and Frau Rachel Friedrich for organising the course so expertly, and to the many staff members who gave their time so generously to welcome us and to make the summer school such a success.
The summer school will be run again next year, and is highly recommended. You can find the brochure for the 2016 summer school here.