Canadian Summer School in Germany

About the CSSG Program

The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG) offers university-level language and culture studies in Kassel, in a unique and intensive immersion program.

The CSSG is organized under the auspices of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and offers courses at the intermediate and advanced level. For a period of approximately 6 ½ weeks, students participate in a full course (approximately 85 hours of classroom instruction) and in numerous additional activities: lectures at various museums, visits to theatres and operas, excursions to cities with cultural and historical significance, and a four-day trip to Berlin.

The main feature of the program, though, is the students' rapid progress in linguistic skills enhanced mainly by the fact that they are immersed in German life, culture, and civilization.

In 2007 the CSSG Tandem Partner Project was launched, whereby Canadian students are matched to German students at the University of Kassel with the aim of improving speaking skills in the students' non-native language.


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Language Policy

The CSSG is an immersion program. It is therefore essential that students demonstrate a commitment to communicate solely in German during all CSSG activities.

If a CSSG instructor hears a student speaking a language other than German, the incident will be noted and the student will receive a yellow card. The consequence of three infractions is a red card. A red card will result in exclusion from a CSSG excursion. A red card after the excursions will result in a 5% deduction from your final mark.

To promote self-awareness and independent learning the CSSG program introduced in 2012 the green card system whereby students vote for a peer who has been most consistent in speaking German outside class. The green cards are handed out and celebrated weekly.

Students will be required to sign the CSSG Language Agreement.

This policy will be strictly enforced.