FAQ

Before you register

The school is suitable for students at bachelor, master and phd level. There is no evaluation process for the participation.
All classes and plenary talks are hold in English.
For each course in which you actively attend at least 7 sessions, you will be assigned 3 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
The fee includes the folllowing:
  • Enrollment in up to three courses with 8 sessions of 90 minutes each
  • Participation in science speed geeking
  • Volley tournament
  • Farewell party
Please note that accommodation and lunch is not included.
If you have to cancel your registration, please do so as soon as possible by writing an e-mail to xprag.de@leibniz-zas.de. See our Cancellation Policy on the registration page.
The DGfS is pleased to be able to offer 15 travel grants of 300,- Euro each. Application is closed now. Candidates were already selected and informed. Preference was given to highly motivated students who do not have access to alternative financial support for participation. The grant will be paid after the (documented) participation in the summer school.

Yes, there is a possibility to present own research. However, instead of a poster session we will organize a science speed geeking in a restaurant, i.e. each presenter gives a 5 minute talk to a small group, after 5 minutes the group moves further on to the next presenter. Presenters are supposed to bring copies of their handouts in A4 format. Further details, e.g. whether there will be a reviewing process in advance, will depend on how much interest will be indicated with the registration. Presenters will be provided with further details in early summer. Anybody is allowed to submit a poster.

You might ask for funding from your home institution.

It is your responsibility to obtain a visa. However, we can send you an invitation letter upon request that will serve as a supporting document that outlines your reasons and duration of stay in Germany. Please let us know your passport number, your date of birth and your gender to be included in the letter.
Please indicate any restrictions and food allergies during the registration process. so that we can take them in consideration with the planning of the science speed geeking event and the farewell party.
We strive to deliver a fully accessible and inclusive event experience for every attendee. We will do our best to help with any specific mobility, vision, hearing or other kinds of accommodations that may be required to help you get the most out of the school. Attendees may request an accommodation during the registration process.
During the courses and the plenary talks we will provide free child care on site in collaboration with the daycare service KidsMobil, which is a partner of Humboldt-University. Please indicate your need and provide details about your children in the registration form.

Prepare your stay

Each participant is responsible for her own sufficient health insurance coverage for the duration of the school.
Address: Dorotheenstrasse 24, 10117 Berlin
The workshop takes place in the seminar building right behind the main building of the Humboldt University which is located in the heart of Berlin, on the city’s most famous historic street Unter den Linden. It is next to the famous Maxim Gorki Theater and opposite to the German State Opera House. The Museum Island and the TV tower are just across a bridge and the Brandenburg Gate is a ten-minute walk up Unter den Linden.
General Berlin’s local public transport network consists of city train/urban rail (S-Bahn), metro (U-Bahn), buses and trams. Tickets are valid for all of them, within the city even for the local trains. There are three zones: AB, BC and ABC. You will need an AB or ABC ticket:
  • AB ticket covers the whole Berlin area until the city boundary.
  • Schönefeld Airport and Potsdam are outside of Berlin city boundary, i.e. in the zone C.
There are various types of tickets:
  • short distance tickets — up to 3 urban rail or metro stations (change allowed) and up to 6 bus or tram stations (no change)
  • single tickets (120 minutes, change allowed, no returns or round trips)
  • daily tickets (valid until 3 a.m. of the following day)
  • 7-day tickets
  • and some more
Buying tickets and their validation
Tickets can be purchased at multilingual ticket machines on the platforms of S-and U-Bahn stations. In buses, fares are paid to the bus driver, in trams at machines inside the trains. In larger stations the S-Bahn and BVG provide ticket counters. If there is no date-stamp on your ticket, please make sure to validate it by stamping it at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams. In case of inspection, a ticket that is not stamped is invalid, which results in a large fee.

Directions
Stops closest to the school location:
  • S-Bahn: “S+U Friedrichstrasse” (lines S5, S7, S75, S1, S2, S25)
  • U-Bahn: “U Friedrichstrasse” (line U6)
  • Bus: “Staatsoper” (lines 100, 200)
  • Tram:”Universitätsstrasse” (lines 12, M1)
How to arrive from Hauptbahnhof (main station):
S-Bahn lines S5, S7 or S75 to “S+U Friedrichstrasse”, ~10 minutes
How to arrive from Tegel Airport:
Bus line TXL to “S+U Hauptbahnhof”, change to S-Bahn (platform 15), lines S5, S7 or S75 to “S+U Friedrichstrasse”, ~10 minutes walk – or bus line 128 to “U Kurt-Schumacher-Platz”, change to U-Bahn line U6 to “S+U Friedrichstraße”.
How to arrive from Schönefeld Airport:
This trip requires a ticket ‘Berlin ABC’. – local train (RE7 or RB14) or S-Bahn S9 to “S+U Friedrichstrasse”, ~10 minutes walk

For further information and to get recent directions check the websites of the Transport Association Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) or of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. We recommend to start seeking housing as soon as possible. If you are looking for affordable accommodation, you might check out the following options: Another possibility is to look on WG gesucht. Especially during the summer when Berlin’s students are traveling there are plenty of affordable rooms available.
Some classes require bringing own tablets or computers, if indicated in the course description. Otherwise, to encourage learning and discussion, the use of phones, tablets or computers is discouraged during class, unless it involves taking notes and referring to writings assigned for the class (in which case all other applications should be closed).

During the school

Attendees will be required to check-in at a registration desk when they arrive onsite. They must present a valid government-issued photo ID (i.e. ID card, Driver’s License or Passport) and the ticket to receive a badge. Since the check-in might take some time, please arrive early. Badges must always be worn and visible to personnel.
Internet access will be available to attendees for free (no charge). If your university is participating in Eduroam you can access the internet using your account from your home university. This is the default. Otherwise we will have some guests accounts available which will be provided at the registration desk.
We seek to create a respectful, friendly, and inclusive experience for all participants. We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, messages, images, or interactions of any kind, by any participant. This applies to all aspects of the school, regardless of location, including social activities. We encourage everyone to assist in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Please report any concerns, harassing behavior, or suspicious or disruptive activity to the nearest event staff or one of the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from, the school at any time, in its sole discretion.
Any researcher can use the University’s library including computers, work stations and print stations. However, only researchers with a residental address in Germany can register to be able to borrow books. The library of the linguistic departement is located in the basement of the seminar building. The main University’s library (“Grimm-Zentrum”) is located within 5 minutes walking distance. Due to overcrowding, a HU-Homezone had to be established. Please find more details about this here: https://www.ub.hu-berlin.de/en/locations/jacob-und-wilhelm-grimm-zentrum/benutzung-vor-ort/homezone?set_language=en
Canteen:
Participants of a summer school are considered as temporary university members and can eat to the university member price in the refectories. Proof of participation must be presented at the cash registers. You also can purchase a MensaCard for a 1.55€ at the cash registers. The status ‘University Member’ will then be deposited on the card. The cards can be returned at the end of the summer school at each canteen. Credit and pledge are paid directly. Students enrolled in Berlin who have a valid enrollment certificate for a university cooperating with the Studierendenwerk Berlin can claim the student price.

Other questions

You can contact us via e-mail to xprag.de@leibniz-zas.de
Event emails will be delivered to the business email address provided during registration. Registrants who do not receive event communications should check ‘junk’, ‘spam’ or ‘clutter’ folders to confirm email client settings have not redirected the emails. Please also add xprag.de@leibniz-zas.de to the “Safe Senders” list to ensure receive future email communications will be received. To change or correct an error in the email address used for event communications, contact xprag.de@leibniz-zas.de.
Photography is permitted in public spaces for generic photos of the overall event, but to protect privacy of all participants consent should be obtained from individuals before their photographs are taken.