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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.

African Studies

Shaped and coordinated by the Institut for African Studies (IAS) at the University of Bayreuth, the Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies (BIGSAS) and the European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS) this course will offer an interdisciplinary view on African Studies.


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.


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 and Economics

This course will offer a versatile view on the topic of Planetary and Public Health in combination with economic questions. Central to this course is the exploration of the interdependencies between human health and the natural environment, such as the associations between health behavior, nutrition and planetary health. In addition to that, students will learn about sustainable economic models and their application to challenges related to climate change and sustainability.

Sports Management


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