February 1, 2011

Graz University Summer School "International Summer School on the Americas"

The next Graz University Summer School - GUSS 2011 - under the general topic "International Summer School on the Americas" will be held on July 17th- 31st, 2011 in the Castle Seggau, Austria. This summer school project is an Erasmus IP project, which is supported by the Utrecht Network and carried out by the University of Graz, represented by the Center for the Study of the Americas (C.SAS) in cooperation with the Vice Rectorate for International Relations.

Why YOU should join this Summer School: You are a highly motivated student at master level and want to spend two weeks studying, researching, discussing, and exchanging experiences in the unique and creative atmosphere of a medieval castle nurtured by international experts on the Americas and fellow students from all around the world. Why wait? Apply today! What this summer school offers you:
  • Two-week summer university at Seggau Castle with international students and lecturers
  • 6 ECTS credits for participation and a seminar paper.
  • Parallel seminar modules, series of morning & evening lectures
  • Full board
  • Excursion to Graz, various social activities
The Summer School offers a platform to students and teachers from international universities to engage in the interdisciplinary analysis of new conceptual approaches for a redefinition of the Americas in times of worldwide globalization. Thematic seminars in the respective fields allow students to strengthen their understanding of complex issues in their study areas. The discursive and symbolic constructions of the Americas are investigated from the vantage point of politics, history, law, literature, film, gender, culture and Jewish Studies in order to determine the feasibility of an inter-American identity.

The target group are highly motivated students from all faculties holding a bachelor degree, or students working on their final thesis.

The deadline for all applications is March 20th, 2011! 

Download the application form here (MS Word Document; "Right Click > save as"). Fill in the application form entirely and accurately, then print and sign it. Please follow the application instructions and information which are indicated on the first page of the application form! Submit it via conventional mail (post office, DHL etc) to the Office of International Relations at Graz University. Please inform the international office at your home institution of your wish to apply for GUSS Summer School.

Please include the following documents in your application:
  • application form with passport size photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • short essay regarding your motivation (approx. 1 page typescript, written by yourself)
  • 2 separate letters of recommendation (written and signed by the respective university teachers)
  • copies of certificates/diplomas or at least an academic transcript (in English or German) from your University
  • copy of relevant pages from passport (page with data and picture, page with visa if necessary and already available)
The first page of the application form includes further details and instructions!
Important: Applications via e-mail will not be accepted! Incomplete applications will not be accepted, so make sure you have filled in the forms correctly and attached all the necessary documents (see above)! Students have to be enrolled at university or a similar institution of higher education in order to attend GUSS Summer School.

Fees, Payment and Scholarships
The total costs for the summer school per student are € 1.300. This amount includes room and board (double or triple rooms, 3 meals per day), tuition as well as costs for excursions. 

However, there are various scholarships and grants available. Please contact the organizers for details!

Students need to pay for and organize their travel arrangements themselves!

Contact : Mateja Haberler (Office of International Relations)  
E-mail: mateja.haberler@uni-graz.at 
Tel: +43-316-380-1242, Fax +43-316-380-9155 

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