The Transatlantic Summer Academy is a blended offer of lectures, workshops, practical parts and excursions.

All courses include workshop sessions with complementary theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff from Jacobs University and experienced trainers from the AFS and InterCultur network.

A rich social program and several excursions enable participants to spend more time together in the German-US-American group, thus strengthening the intercultural experience.

The combination of lectures at university level and practical workshops, placing the participants and their experience in the center of attention, provides a unique learning experience. The program includes experiential learning approaches in order to enhance more sustainable learning outcomes.

The participants will not only get insight into the German approach to sustainability: including the intercultural components of the program, both US-American and German participants will develop a mutual understanding of the respective concepts discussed and applied in Germany and the US.

The Transatlantic Summer Academy offers the opportunity to intensively work in a German-US-American group, and thus provides the chance to gain intercultural experience beyond the focus area of sustainability.


Here you can find a schedule model that will give you an idea of what the three-weeks course could look like.


During the last years the lectures on sustainability had following topics: from “The Earth System” to “Climate”, “Energy” and “Land & Nature”. The lectures’ content is supported by practical excursions.

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The afternoon sessions deal with culture and cultural theory. Different environmental issues will be complemented and amplified by an intercultural perspective. Through a very interactive approach classical topics such as cultural differences, identity, stereotypes, and values will be addressed and discussed. Further, topics such as cultural diplomacy and climate migration will widen the scheme and deepen your knowlege and understanding about the complexity of culture, politics and the environment. You can expect to be engaged in cultural simulations, games, group work, reflections, case studies and the discussion of critical incidents. Besides, we will explore the German and the American way of life together and hopefully get a deeper insight into who we are, who “the others” are and how to work together fruitfully.



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