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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" 2021


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


Seminare vormittags:

This summer school will focus on 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.


Ausflüge, kulturelles Programm


- 250 € (inklusive Übernachtungen, Vollverpflegung und Transport)*
- Flüge und Visa werden von den Studierenden selbst übernommen

Anzahl TeilnehmerInnen:
15 Studierende aus Deutschland
5 Studierende von der Symbiosis International University, Pune

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

Bewerbungsfrist: 31.03.2021


Anmeldeformular: https://portal.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=13345



Weitere Informationen:

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


*Unter Vorbehalt der Bewilligung der Mittel; ansonsten circa 850 € pro Person. Nur Studierende der Universität zu Köln können einen Zuschuss erhalten. Studierende der China-NRW Alliance Partnerinstitutionen müssen den vollen Preis von circa 850 € zahlen. Diese Summer School ist Teil des "Summer School Rundreise" Konzepts, daher können Sie sich gern für alle Summer Schools aus diesem Projekt bewerben. Hierzu gehören die Summer School "Chinesische Sprache" in Shanghai, die Summer School in Indonesien und die Summer School in Myanmar.

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