International BaTEG Summer School 2023

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International BaTEG Summer School 2023

(Trans)cultural learning in teacher education

17 - 24 Sept 2023

at the University of Bamberg, Centre for Teacher Education

  • Learn about culture and diversity
  • Meet students and lecturers from other countries
  • Live interculturality
  • Get ECTS points and help organise the conference by attending the corresponding seminar in the summer term 2023


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“Culture and education are the lethal weapons against all kinds of fundamentalism.”
- Marjane Satrapi, Iranian author1

While on the one hand, globalisation and cultural diversity have been increasing over the last decades, global conflicts and potential for cultural conflict have as well. In light of these developments, the need for cultural (self-)awareness and intercultural competence is stronger than ever.

From birth onwards, culture shapes every individual’s thinking and perception. For many children, school is one of the principal places to encounter cultural diversity; an institution where cultural exchange happens and societal norms are implemented from an early age and all through the important years of adolescence. It is thus crucial for teachers to have an understanding of (their own and others’) culture(s) and an awareness of how culture shapes individuals. Teachers need to be equipped for teaching in culturally diverse classrooms, handling cultural conflict and intercultural communication, and preparing pupils for a globalised world.

The international BaTEG Summer School 2023 would like to address the following questions:

  • What is culture? How does culture affect societies, individuals, and education?
  • What is cultural education?
  • What are inter/multi/transcultural skills and how can they be acquired?
  • What is a global mindset and how can it be developed?
  • How can universities and teacher educators equip teachers to handle culturally diverse classrooms?
  • How can teachers help students acquire an understanding of culture and inter/ transculturality?
  • How can culture and diversity be integrated into the curriculum?
  • How is cultural education implemented across the globe?

1) Persepolis: The Story of a Return. Vol. 2. New York: Pantheon Books. 2004.

Sunday, 17/9.: Arrivals

Monday, 18/9.: Introduction

Tuesday, 19/9 – Friday, 22/9.: Workshops and lectures

Saturday, 23/9.: Leisure activities

Sunday, 24/9.: Departures

The full programme will be available in due course.

Because the city and the university are well worth a visit!

The City of Bamberg

Considered one of the most beautiful in Germany, the historical city centre of Bamberg was placed onto the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1993, and well-preserved medieval buildings can be found throughout the city. Today, Bamberg is a lively city of nearly 80,000 inhabitants. Thanks to the university and a growing importance as a business location, the city has taken on the role of an intellectual, cultural and economic centre. Bamberg’s residents particularly value the city’s high quality of life, not only but especially inthe summer, when they can enjoy the local Kellers (beer gardens), parks and canals. With its forests, rivers and hills, the beautiful countryside around the city provides opportunities for all kinds of recreational activities. Moreover, Bamberg has much to offer when it comes to cultural activities, from festivals to theatre.

The University of Bamberg

In its current form, the University of Bamberg ist still quite young (1979), but the university's history began over 370 years ago and was only interrupted by the Second World War. The university's roots go back to the year 1647, when Prince Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg added the faculties of Philosopy and Theology to a Jesuit seminary to create the socalled Academia Bambergensis. Today, the University of Bamberg has four faculties:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences, Economics & Business Administration
  • Human Sciences and Education
  • Information Systems and Applied Computer Sciences

Bamberg offers BA and MA degree courses as well as state examination degree courses (Staatsexamen), the latter being typically taken by students wishing to become teachers. About a quarter of the currently approx. 13 000 students enrolled are studying for a teaching degree.

The university is well connected internationally: Since our first international partnership in 1983, we have established 300 similar programmes in 60 countries. Each year, approx. 300 students take up the opportunity to study, complete an internship or teach at a school abroad. Nearly 15% of our students are international students, approx. 11% of which are taking part in an exchange programme.

International students from BaTEG partner universities: International students from BaTEG partner universities will be contacted by their professors and will receive a grant of €250 to help with their expenses.

Self-paying international students: If you are interested in taking part, please contact Martina Zier.

Students from Bamberg wishing to receive ECTS points: The summer school is attached to a seminar in summer term 2023. Sign up for the corresponding EWS seminar in the summer term in Flex Now as well as for the summer school on this site (Univis and sign-up links available as of April).

Students from Bamberg NOT wishing to receive ECTS points: Sign up on this site (sign-up link available as of April).

International students from BaTEG partner universities: We have pre-booked dorms at the local hostel. Depending on the number of students we might additionally book apartments for you to stay at.

International lecturers: We can support you in finding a hotel or apartment. If you need assistance, please contact Martina Zier.

International students from BaTEG partner universities receiving the grant: In order to receive the grant, you will have to attend the whole summer school, i.e. stay for 7 days (6 nights).

Students from Bamberg wishing to receive ECTS points: Join the attached EWS seminar in the summer term, help organise the summer school, and hand in two portfolios to receive 7 ECTS for the interdisciplinary educational sciences module. More information and Univis links will be published in due course.

Other students: No conditions.

The summer school is being organised in the framework of the BaTEG project, in cooperation with the Institute for Educational Science.

Please contact Martina Zier.