Ontario Baden-Württemberg (OBW) Summer Programs
Applications for the OBW International Lake Constance Summer School are due in the International Programs Office by 4:30pm on February 17, 2017.
The Ontario Baden-Württemberg (OBW) programs provide students with an opportunity to learn about German language and culture in the South West corner of Germany. Short-term independent study abroad programs include the International Lake Constance Summer School (Internationale Bodensee Hochschule) and the Summer Research Program.
The International Lake Constance Summer School, or Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (IBH), is a four-week summer program at the University of Konstanz in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany. Students from around the world congregate to learn and discuss the cultures of German-speaking countries that surround Lake Constance: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Along with intriguing classroom experiences, IBH promises engaging extracurricular activities and regional excursions. There is a program fee and further details about this can be found on the IBH website. Successful applicants receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to help cover expenses during the course. Please consult the IBH website for new scholarship information. There is no German-language prerequisite for successful participation in the IBH. Classes are taught at various levels, including beginner's. For complete program details, including the nomination procedure, please visit the IBH website.
To be eligible students must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- be pursuing a degree in at Queen's University;
- be registered at Queen's in the academic year preceding participation in the IBH; and
- be continuing in the same academic program in the academic year following participation
To apply you must:
- complete and sign the OBW-specific application form;
- provide a current official academic transcript (which can be purchased at the Office of the University Registrar in Gordon Hall, Room 125);
- write an explanation of your reasons for wishing to participate in this program (max. 1 page, double spaced); and
- submit your application to the International Programs Office;
You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the OBW office. Applications are due in the International Programs Office by Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:30pm.
If you are accepted to this program you will need to apply for an International Letter of Permission. There is a $60 fee for this document.
The Summer Research Program (SRP) is designed for undergraduate (in second year of studies or above) and graduate science students interested in conducting research with a professor at a partner OBW university. It is open to students in science, engineering, and health sciences disciplines. The program runs for either two (2) or three (3) calendar months in summer 2017, with flexibility, and offers a scholarship opportunity. Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Knowledge of German is not required for participation, so long as the receiving professor is aware of the level of the nominee's language skills and agrees to host the student. Students are encouraged to work with a Queen's professor to find a faculty member at a partner OBW institution who would be willing to bring them into an ongoing, relevant research project, as this is a preferred prerequisite for participation. For complete details about the nomination procedure and the program, please visit the SRP website.
For funding opportunities, please consider:
Each OBW SRP participant will recieve a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and University and the OBW Program. Scholarships are worth $2,600 (2 months) or $3,500 (3 months) and are distributed once the placement has begun. The scholarship is applied for during the general application process and each successful participant will recieve one.
The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM is offered by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and offers (approximately) 1,200 scholarships each year, ranging in value, for periods of 3-11 months. Application deadlines are at the end of March.
The application for the 2017 Summer Research Program must be submitted in the International Programs Office by December 9, 2016 and should consist of:
- the application form (two pages);
- brief statement (maximum one page) expressing your reasons, academic and personal, for wishing to participate in this international program;
- copies of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended since September 2014;
- a letter of nomination from a professor in your home department/program briefly explaining the importance of your participation in the OBW Summer Research Program in the context of your degree program, and the reasons for nominating you (please advise your nominating professor that his/her letter must contain the information listed here, that this is not a reference letter, and that its purpose is to provide assurance that your department/program is aware of and supports your application);
- a letter (or printout of an email) from the professor at partner OBW university stating a willingness to involve you in an ongoing, relevant research project in a meaningful capacity for either two (2) calendar months (minimum) or three (3) calendar months (maximum). This letter must indicate the precise duration of the research visit and outline briefly the activities in which the student will be engaged; and
- your own statement of (a) what experience qualifies/prepares you to undertake the work outlined by the proposed host professor, and (b) specifically how you expect the experience in Germany to contribute to your academic/personal development.
You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the OBW office.