Frankfurt Summer Universities FAQ
We put together a list of frequently asked questions about Frankfurt Summer Universities that we hope you will find helpful. If you have further questions about your summer program, please do not hesitate to contact the Frankfurt Summer Universities Team.
Frankfurt Summer Universities has open enrollment, meaning that students can participate in the course that best fits their academic profile. Take a look at our list of courses for more information about the course content. You can also download a more detailed course description for each course. If you are unsure about which course is right for you, the Frankfurt Summer Universities Team is happy to advise you.
Limited funding is available for Frankfurt Summer Universities. Please check our application guidelines for updated information about our scholarships. Students who apply before April 15 or are enrolled at our partner universities benefit from a discount in the course prices.
All courses for Frankfurt Summer Universities are credit-bearing, meaning that upon successful completion of a course, students can receive ECTS points. Frankfurt Summer Universities uses the German grading system and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to award credits. Students will receive a transcript of records which they can present to their home institutions for credit. Please check directly with your home university to see how the credits from Frankfurt Summer Universities will be acknowledged by your home university.
The Federal Foreign Office in your home country can inform you if you need a visa to participate in Frankfurt Summer Universities. More information can be found on the Federal Foreign Office of Germany website.
If you need a visa, your visa application will require a Letter of Acceptance by Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. We will be happy to provide you with all necessary documentation as soon as you have successfully registered for the Frankfurt Summer Universities and have paid your program fee.
Please allow enough time to apply for your visa. Visa processing can take up to six weeks and if you apply for your visa too late, you may not be able to participate in the Frankfurt Summer Universities.
You can have important mail sent to the International Office at Frankfurt UAS, c/o your name. For example:
Frankfurt Summer Universities
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
c/o Your First Name, Last Name
D-60318 Frankfurt am Main
The easiest way to get money while you are here is to use your debit or credit card with a PIN number at an ATM ("Geldautomat"). If you do not have a card with a PIN number, you may have trouble paying with a credit card, as many smaller shops and restauraunts don't accept credit cards. You should also inform your bank and credit card provider about your trip to Germany BEFORE your departure - otherwise your card may be blocked.
Most summer school participants buy a pre-paid SIM card for their smart phones when they arrive in Germany. Students can choose from a variety of inexpensive options. Another option would be to book an international plan through your mobile phone provider. Additionally, free WiFi is available at all universities and the program accommodation.
All summer school participants will have free wireless access at all universities and the program accommodation during their stay. This information will be given to students during orientation.
Laundry facilities are available directly at the program accommodation. Please note, the program fees do not cover laundry costs. There are also many laundry facilities available throughout the city.
This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some important items you should bring with you for your study abroad stay:
- Adapter for your electronics
- Notebook or sketchbook, writing materials, laptop or tablet if you have one
- Clothes for sunny AND rainy days
- Passport/National Identity Card (for EU citizens only)
- Cellphone and charger
- Money in the national currency (Euro), credit card, debit card
- Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost)
- Name and phone number of your emergency contact
- Personal medication
Remember to bring a copy of your most important documents (passport, for example), in case they get lost and also leave one copy at home.
You do NOT need to bring pillows/blankets/sheets/towels as they are available at the hotel. Hygienic items like soap and shampoo will be available at the hotel. You can buy hygienic items when you arrive in Germany.
All Frankfurt Summer Universities participants have health and liability insurance as part of the program fee. Please note that participants are only insured during the duration of the summer school program. We encourage students to take out travel insurance or check with their insurance provider if they plan on traveling before or after the summer program.