International Programs Office

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Ontario Baden-Württemberg (OBW) Summer Programs

The application information for the Summer 2021 OBW IBH language program has been updated! The deadline for applications is 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

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 Hochschule) and the Summer Research Program.

International Lake Constance Summer School

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.

In view of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the International Lake Constance Summer School (IBH) will be offered in a virtual format this year. See the following fact sheet from OBW on how the virtual program will work.

There is a program fee and further details about this can be found on the IBH website.  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

Students who will be graduating in advance of the relevant summer term are not eligible to apply.


To apply you must:

  • complete and submit the online OBW-specific 2021 IBH application form;
  • write a statement of your reasons for applying to participate in this program (max. 1 page, double-spaced);
  • provide a copy of your academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended since September 2018; and
  • submit your complete application to your home university’s International Student Exchange Office (by emailing us at

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 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

If you are accepted to this program you will need to apply for an online International Letter of Permission. There is a $60 fee for this document.

Summer Research Program

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. Students must be studying science or health science disciplines.

The program runs for either two (2) or three (3) calendar months in summer 2020, with flexibility. 

Students who will be graduating in advance of the relevant summer term are not eligible to apply.

View the OBW SRP 2021 brochure

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. Some knowledge of German would of course enhance the student’s experience. 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.


The SRP application is online this year! Application details and the application form for the Summer 2021 program can be found on the OBW SRP websiteStudents must have submitted their online application and emailed their PDF copy + all supporting documents to by 4:00pm EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Please take precautions when emailing sensitive personal information. We advise you to securely send the files to Haley McCormick using OneDrive, found in your Queen's Office 365 applications. You can view a tutorial on how to use OneDrive by watching this short youtube tutorial.