Practical information

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Participation fee is 250 EUR for 10 days (including accommodation and breakfast); students from partner universities can apply for reduced fees
  • Costs for excursions are included
  • Application deadline: 28 February 2019

An exciting opportunity for students interested in Sound Art, Audio Visual Technology, Solar Power with Photovoltaics, Corporate Performance Management, and International Management!

We offer

  • specialist knowledge and hands-on practical training
  • interesting site visits
  • intercultural experience


The Program combines academic workshops, subject related site visits, intercultural training and regional cultural highlights.

Target Group

The Summer School is open for students from Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Energy Studies and Management Studies. The full program is worth 5 ECTS.


Media Art and the Environment

Intermediate / advanced

The acoustic ecology of environments is critical to our experience of being present within them, but more often then not, it is ignored. In this workshop students will learn about acoustic ecology. We will explore and discuss how one listens and perceives the world around us. The course will introduce various modes of listening and field recording techniques (including both stereo and ambisonic sound recording and video). It will encourage the students to think more broadly about sound as material.

Students will also learn about the music of contemporary composers including John Cage and R. Murray Schafer and the various concepts and tools they used in order to create works. Art work that may include field recordings, Max/MSP programming and physical computing will be realized.


  • Garth Paine, Associate Professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Arizona State University, USA
  • Sabine M. Feisst, Ph.D., Professor of Musicology, School of Music, Arizona State University, USA

Solar Power with Photovoltaics


Students will deepen their knowledge in the field of photovoltaics. They will learn to asses the influence of orientation, temperature, partial shading and other mismatch mechanisms and design a simple software-based plant layout and evaluate its economic efficiency.All learning assets are based on self-conducted experiments and investigations executed partly in labs, partly as outdoor research. Experiment results will regularly be presented and discussed in plenary sessions. Thus the students’ ability to give presentations will be improved.

The session will be rounded off by a technical excursion introducing the students to further practical aspects of applied photovoltaics.

The main contents of the single practical experiments are:

  • - Solar insolation, Three-Component-Model
  • - Measurement of U-I curves using different methods
  • - Analysis of the effects of partial shadowing scenarios
  • - Evaluation of potential locations for application
  • - Plant design with regard to technical and economical aspects
  • - Evaluation of data gained from a commercial photovoltaic plant, fault analysis
  • - IR based fault analysis of single modules

For more details seecourse description.


  • Professor Georg Rosenbauer, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Professor Mathias Moog, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Corporate Performance Measurement


The lecture deals with the improvement of a company's  performance and profitability as a tool for corporate management. We focus on the area of Corporate Performance Management (CPM, aka Key Performance Indicators). 

It shows why the implementation of a CPM and the monitoring of corporate performance in a company are neccesary at all, and illustrates the specific requirements for its conception, construction and operation. In addition to theory about usefullness and types of a CPM, it contains the presentation of suitable tools to generate appropriate data. All in all, it is most important to induce a fundamental understanding of the topic, especially that a successful CPM also requires a specific management system, i.e. a structured policies and procdures framework and appropriate measures for this specific company. The performance of the company as well as its strategy, goals, indicators and measures must be specifically defined, transported, prepared, communicated and derived from this management model.

Given that the students are in charge of designing, implementing or operating a CPM someday themselves, exactly those topics will on the agenda. We are using the most common management system, the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). In form of a hands-on seminar, the students will learn how to build, operate and communicate such a well-defined BSC on the basis of different performance perspectives as well as to apply it to specific company departments.


  • Professor Tim Pidun, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Foundations of International Management

Beginner / intermediate

This course is intended to introduce the environment of international management and major trends, along with theoretical and conceptual models of internationalization. It will introduce the students to the dynamic, competitive and collaborative relationships that exist when organizations indulge in cross border business activities that transcend international borders and cultures. At the same time students would learn how to effectively communicate in intercultural scenarios along with ethical and social dynamics of doing business.

The course is based on a holistic approach supported by case studies and interactive sessions to provide an insight into the business mechanisms that play an important role when firms internationalize.

For more details see course description.


  • Professor Ritam Garg, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Judith Ambrosius, Executive Assistant to the CHRO of Bertelsmann SE, Gütersloh, Germany


Summer School Program

Friday, 31 May

Welcome dinner (18.00h, cafeteria)

  • barbecue with various Franconian dishes (grilled meat, cheese plate, potato salad, vegetarian, etc.) 
  • get-together with all students, professors and organizers

Saturday, 1 June

Intercultural training

  • theoretical foundations of the concept of culture and various models
  • practical exercises for the reflection of the home culture and development of cultural differences
  • culture simulations in pairs
  • active discussions

Sunday, 2 June

Excursion to Nuremberg

  • Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
  • guided city tour
  • visit to the historical town wall
  • downtown lunch

Monday, 3 June, to Thursday, 6 June



Friday, 7 June

Site visits related to academic workshops 

Saturday, 8 June

Intercultural Training continued

Sunday, 9 June

Departure day

!! Please make your own travel arrangements !! The International Office will help you with booking trains or buses.

Application Information


Before applying, 

  • make yourself familiar with the contents of the workshop(s)  and the academic expectations of the program
  • check whether you will be able to handle the topic in English
  • contact program staff if you have any questions: email international‎@‎, phone (+49) 981-4877-145


  • International students: Please apply by completing the »application form« (on the computer, not by hand!) and sending it as a pdf file together with a transcript of records of your studies and a copy of your passport to international‎@‎
  • Ansbach students: Please enrol for the classes via PRIMUSS and inform the International Office via email to international‎@‎ which class you have chosen.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications as soon as possible and no later than 28 February!!!

Student Testimonials

Ronja from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland

"Before my journey to Ansbach, I read the information on the website carefully for many times. I think it would have been nice to know, that some of us have to do an exam and some of us will have to do a final task after their journey to receive the 5 ECTS points. The intercultural training was really good for me, because Finnish people tend to be quite shy. I am happy that the teacher put us on groups from different countries and cultures in a same place. Of course the language was a bit hard for me at first, since I hadn't been using English at all in Finland, but after talking to everyone it became easier and easier, as expected. After two days, I was literally thinking in English. During that journey I understood, that I was able to achieve anything if I just stepped out of my comfort zone. I liked the Professors, they were kind, professional and they understood that not all of us had the same background. But the best thing for me were the people. I met people that will stay as my friends forever, and people with who I made some great memories, which I will treasure always! I would absolutely recommend the Summer School in Ansbach to everyone. It was an amazing experience!"

Drilon from University of Prishtina, Kosovo

"Because I am from Kosovo it seems kind of a problem for us to travel to Europe. Therefore we asked for help and the International Office from Ansbach University made it possible, the appointment was made (VISA) and an impossible dream became true! The first contact with other nation students was very easy and the conversations started easily. German students were very hospitable and friendly which made us feel like home. The first visit to Nuremberg was a great trip and we saw historic buildings and learned about Beer Producing. The following days were full of workshops especially in my course (Photovoltaics), we had to wake up early and to do lots of exercises during the day which were very interesting. Some of the students had different academic backgrounds but I think we adapted easily to working in a mixed group and we helped each other. The professors were also kind and professional to help us keeping things easy understanding. At the evenings we could stay together with other students from different courses during barbeques or meeting at campus. I also made new friendships and it was relaxing after long days studying. The topics we learned during Summer School will help me very much iin my future courses in my home town and in my career. For myself I will try to apply next year again because I know the importance of the courses even if I wouldn't get any points."

Shelby from Missouri Southern State University, United States

"This 12-day trip, travel dates included, changed my life. We were given so many opportunities while we were there, such as touring well-known sights, visiting different cities including Munich, Nuremberg, Erlangen, and Bamberg, and most of all, we metthe most incredible people. Although I have traveled abroad before, it wasn't for academic reasons, and that's what made this trip different for me. I loved my class, and I wish that I could take it for a semester at Southern. With such a short time period to learn in, it was very fast pace, but worth it. My biggest takeaway from this trip is the importance of diversity. Realizing that, I became much more extroverted while away and got to know many of the international students who were so kind and welcoming. If there's one thing I would say to future students who might go on this trips, it would be to keep an open mind and try new things. It can be daunting going to a new country and not knowing everyone, but it's worth it when you can have experiences unlike those at home, and meet people from all over the world, and come back home with stories you'll never forget." 

Felix Amine from University of Miskolc, Hungary

"When we arrived to Ansbach city we found one of the Coordinators for the Summer School waiting for us to guide us to the place that we are supposed to stay (the stay has already been organized by the Ansbach University!!!). The most helped medium for communication was via email and whatsapp that kept us very close especially when we arrived to the city. Language was not a problem because most of the participants and organizers could speak English by fine level. From the first day, I was not in the same level as the other participants but they were very helpful and they adapted so fast to work with each other, I would be able to consume most of information if they did not help. At least I would like to appreciate and say a big thank you to the coordinators and sponsors of this great, interesting, interactive, educative and entertaining experience!"

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