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Each year, the Bayreuth International Summer School brings students from all over the world together. Taught by both German and international lecturers, the courses in the fields of applied sciences, international law, economics, and more will broaden your knowledge. The Summer School enables you to profit from an interdisciplinary approach and stimulating discussions. Here you can find our flyer with the eight courses we offer this year.

For 2021, we are organising and planning for a programme in an interactive online format to enable you to join from anywhere in the world or directly from our university campus in Bayreuth, Germany. In addition to the online courses, we plan to host events and activities in and around Bayreuth in line with public health regulations.
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The format of the supporting programme on our campus in Bayreuth will be decided by 30 April 2021.

Course programme

  • Course period: 5 - 16 July 2021
  • Recommended arrival: 4 July 2021
  • Recommended departure: 17 July 2021


  • 1 February 2021 - 31 May 2021
  • Register on our Summer School Portal to fill in and submit your application form.

Prospective courses


African Studies

The main purpose of the course is to explore the cultural interaction and the multifaceted relations between Africa and Asia during their historical processes. The participants will receive an overview of the history and culture of Asia and Africa, their cultural interactions in the course of history as well as their engagement in our contemporary world. 


Biofabrication is an emerging field in the area of biomaterials, aiming at the generation of three-dimensional structures from materials including vital cells. This summer school focuses on current trends in biomaterials research and biofabrication. Furthermore, the course includes practical coursework and highlights state-of-the-art, several processing methods of novel biopolymers such as spider silk proteins.

Economics & Management

In this course, we will study which factors can contribute to and which tend to stand in the way of economic growth. Among other topics, we will explore theoretical models for comparison of cultural differences and awareness of culturally specific problems in international economic cooperations. Students will also learn to apply economic thinking to solve real-world problems related to growth and migration.

Energy & Climate

The need for rapid emissions cuts, alongside growing global demand for (renewable) energy, raise critical questions. In this course, we will cover fundamental knowledge, specific case studies, as well as possible solutions for novel energy systems. We will address technical, social and political issues raised by renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower and bioenergy) necessities. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other modelling frameworks will also help us tackle some of these issues.

Law: Corporate Governance, ESG and Sustainability

Investment decisions are increasingly based on environmental, social, and governance concerns, posing a multitude of risks to long term sustainable economic growth and returns. In this course, you will learn the meaning of corporate governance and the need to report on non-financial matters like the environment, social responsibilities and governance (ESG). We will analyze the legal and other consequences of ignoring corporate social responsibilities as well as alternative practices, especially in Asian countries.

Polymer Science & Engineering

Polymer Engineering implies the development and innovation of efficient polymeric products. This course focuses on giving you an insight into polymers and the polymer industry as well as current topics concerning future trends for polymers. The course also includes an industry tour where you can experience modern processing techniques, and three practical sessions, in which you will fabricate your own polymeric parts.

Planetary Health, Economics and Public Health

This course will focus on the relationship between public health policy and public health surveillance. We will analyze trends and patterns in the occurrence of health events. After the course, the students should be able to evaluate the characteristics and function of public health surveillance – infectious diseases, injury, chronic diseases, risk factors and behaviours. The course will prepare them to understand the role of government in healthcare from an economic perspective.

The Black Sonic: Thinking dislocation and movement

In this summer school, scholars and artists from four continents will connect with students of the Bayreuth International Summer School to explore the potential of thinking the Black Sonic. The Black sonic as a lens of thinking to its logical foreclosure questions the assumptions of critical theory. These sonics create a way to deploy methodologies that look elsewhere, in the excess that could not be contained by the aesthetic or by geography. It's a ‚transnational ethos' that insists on a ‚dislocated‘ thinking centred in the sonic presented in and by Black Studies.


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