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    German Summer Courses

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Information for host families and guest apartments


Around 120 international guest students are making their way to Bielefeld every year to participate in the German Summer Courses at Bielefeld University for four weeks. Beside the daily German course the students get to know the country and people through technical language projects and excursions. Such an adventure would not be possible without host families.

Everyone can be a host family: Couples with or without children, single parents, same-sex couples, pensioners, single homes or shared flats. There are numerous reasons to become a host family. Just to mention a few:

  • Create unforgettable memories
  • View and experience your daily routine differently
  • Make international friends
  • Strengthen awareness for tolerance and openness


The next summer courses will take place from:

05.08. - 29.08.2024

If you feel approached now, there will be a few questions to be answered.

The time period is terminated to not more than four weeks, for which host families get paid 300 €. A caution from 50 € will be deposited. In most of the cases the students provide themselves with food. In some cases we will find a special arrangement.

The host family provides a single or more rooms. If you are hosting more than one student, you will have to make sure that both of them have their own room. The room should be provided with a basic of interior (bed, desk, wardrobe). Also, it is important that the guest has access to a bathroom and a kitchen

In most cases the guest students are coming to us via plane. The arrival and departure day will be planned within the coordination of the Bielefeld University.

The guest students are provided with health, liability and accident insurance through the DAAD or got an own health insurance beforehand.

In general, an open door and a warm welcome in your own living space is all you need. Because of our grand offers in addition to the German Courses you do not have to feel obligated to provide your guest with any further activities. We would like that the time will be a great experience as much as for you as for your guest. Therefore, we try to find the perfect match for you with detailed questionnaires, which you and our guest students fill out beforehand.

You are interested to participate as a host family in the German Summer Courses? Write an email to

Afterwards we will make an appointment with you, where we can talk about details and answer questions in a personal conversation.

We are looking forward to meet you!

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