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How it all started...


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. After running for two successful years, we invited a lecturer from the University of Cologne to design the academic program and offer a class for both the German and also the Indian participants from our partner universities. Our first topic in 2017 was "Graphic Literature" where the students followed in the footsteps of German and Indian authors. In 2018, the location of the Summer School was shifted to our partner university Symbiosis International University in Pune to strengthen our long-standing partnership. The topic for 2018 and 2019 was "Education and Social Stratification in India" and due to its popularity the topic will be the same again in 2020.

Looking forward to your applications!


Cologne Summer School "Education and Social Stratification in India" 2020

Dates: September 21st through October 2nd, 2020



In the mornings:

Seminars on the topic of educational inequalities, e.g. by caste, religion, gender or regional disparities, and social stratification in India. We will discuss the education system and the provision of education in schools, in vocational education and training and in universities, and then focus on different social dimensions of inequalities in education and how they relate to social stratification in Indian society.

In the afternoon:

Excursions and cultural activities


Locations: Pune



- 250 € (includes accommodation, provisions, and transportation)*

- Flights and visa have to be paid for by the students individually


Number of participants: 

- 15 students from Germany

- 5 students from Symbiosis International University, Pune


Eligibility requirements: 

Students who wish to apply have to be enrolled at the University of Cologne or at one of our China-NRW Alliance partner institutions.


Application deadline:

February 29th, 2020

How to apply:


For further information please contact:

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


*Subject to available funding; otherwise approx. 850 € per person. Please note that grants are only available for students of the University of Cologne. Students of China-NRW Alliance partner institutions will have to pay for the total of approx. 850 € per person regardless of available funding. This Summer School is part of the "Traveling Summer School" concept, therefore, students are invited to apply to the other Summer Schools withing this project: the Summer School "Chinese Language" in Shanghai, the Summer School in Indonesia and the Summer School in Myanmar.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the summer program in 2021 has been cancelled.