Salem International Summer School

For students from around the world

Age: 14 - 16 years
Date: Saturday, 23 July - 7 August 2021
Fee: 2,900,- €

The Salem International Summer School welcomes students from all around the world. The common language is English and hence the atmosphere is very international. In the mornings students attend language courses in German or English. In the afternoons there is a wide range of sports and creative activities on offer. The middle weekend is just the right time for a variety of different and challenging excursions, such as to Konstanz or the Austrian Alps. At the Final Evening Production, participants have the chance to show their parents and newly won friends all their artistic talents.


The digital registration for the Salem International Summer Schools 2022 is expected to be activated on our website on 15 October 2021.

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Natalie Lander | IB Diploma CAS Koordination, Abitur AG Koordination, Vertrauensdozentin Salem Kolleg, Dienstekoordination Jahrgangsstufe 11 & 12, Leitung Salem International Summer School, Rekrutierung pädagogischer Mitarbeiter

Natalie Lander
Head of Salem International Summer School

Tel.: +49 7553 919-490
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Learning & Experiencing

Mornings: Language Courses

Students must choose to study either English or German. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday for three hours each morning. English is the common language at the Salem International Summer School. To ensure that all participants are able to understand instructions and announcements, they must have had a minimum of three years of English lessons at school. There is no minimum requirement for German. 
Before starting their chosen language course, all students sit a placement test wich will be used to assign students to the appropriate learning group.

Daily Schedule
Wake-up call
Morning run or swim
08:30 - 09:15
09:30 - 12:30
Language course
13:00 - 13:45
14:00 - 17:30
Afternoon Activities
18:30 - 19:15
19:30 - 22:00
Evening Leisure Activities / Sports | Rehearsals
Wing time
Lights out
German Courses

Students studying German will be divided into three teaching groups. Beginners will cover basic language skills and a priority will be given to conversation.
Intermediate students will read and discuss newspaper articles, short stories, and plays. To improve their knowledge of grammar and expand their vocabulary, they will read challenging and engaging texts and discuss current topics.
A variety of advanced students will be encouraged, with the support of their teachers, to compose essays and reports on different themes discovered in literary texts. 
All students also contribute to the course magazine which they take home at the end of the programme. All our German teachers are native speakers with many years of teaching experience in both German and German as a foreign language (DaF). Maximum size of any course group is 12 students.

English Courses

Native English, experienced teachers teach these courses. Each teacher focuses on one aspect of the curriculum and teaches it to all groups. As appropriate to their current level, each student will work on extending his or her oral and written skills. These will include grammar, listening comprehension, literature, composition, introductory economics, and business English. Students will also contribute to the course magazine which they take home at the end of the programme. Maximum size of any course group is 12 students.

Afternoon Activities

There's no chance of getting bored in the afternoon, either. Our experienced leaders and enthusiastic assistants ensure that, whatever the weather or chosen activity, all students enjoy themselves and get the most from their experiences. Many of our previous summer school students have taken the opportunity to try out a new challenge, be it sporty or artistic.

Art & Design

Here students can discover and enjoy their artistic inclinations. The course leader is an experienced local artist and teacher, who will introduce students to a variety of media, as well as T-Shirt printing and jewelry making.


In our ceramics studio, students will go through the entire process of designing, creating, decorating and firing their own unique clay sculptures which they can take home at the end of summer school.

Water Sports

Water Sports mixes fun and sports in a programme which takes place mainly out on the lake. It includes a variety of activities including kayaking, water-skiing, and swimming.


Tennis players can train their skills and play on our excellent astroturf courts at Salem's Upper School campus. Our experienced coaches can help both beginners and advanced players to develop their game. The highlight of the week will be a final tournament!

Outdoor Leisure

This is for anyone who like to spend time outdoors without working up too much of a sweat! Our leaders will offer a leisurely programme of swimming, walking and visiting some local cultural attractions.

Outdoor Adventure

This is the perfect choice for students who are in excellent physical shape. Mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering are just a few of the activities offered in this rigorous and challenging outdoor programme.

Rock Climbing

This very popular course takes place under the guidance of highly qualified and experienced trainers at the excellently equipped climbing hall nearby Radolfzell. No experience necessary, but students should be physically fit and have no fear of heights!


Improve your skills with our experienced and well-qualified instructors sailing in our own boats from our very own harbour just a few minutes from the campus.

The weekend programme at Salem International Summer School

Excursions from kayaking to alpine hiking

The Salem International Summer School offers Weekend Excursions designed to suit every taste. Groups are made up of no more than 16 students and are accompanied by at least two members of staff.

Alpine Hiking

This physically demanding excursion involves quite a lot of hiking each day. The Austrian alps region is reached by school bus in about two hours. After the drive, together with experienced tour guides, students will head for the mountain tops.  On the second day, the hiking tour passes through beautiful alpine scenery offering fascinating panoramic views of the mountain range.

Cycling Tour

Enjoy the varied landscape of the Lake Constance region, and visiting various towns and attractions, on this fun cycling trip. You will sleep in a hostel.

Bodensee Experience

Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Constance (Bodensee) and a cultural visit to the historical university town of Konstanz, staying overnight in a youth hostel.


Have fun spending time on Lake Constance with our experienced guide whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery from your kayak. You will sleep in tents and enjoy kayak tours to various destinations on the lake. Must be a confident, capable swimmer, not afraid to swim in the lake.

Rock Climbing

Students who attend the Rock Climbing Afternoon Activity in week 1 can now 'rise up' to a real Rock Climbing experience at the weekend. Accompanied by experienced and specially trained experts, students will have the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills in more challenging surroundings. They will sleepover in a hut, enjoying relaxing and playing games together.

Sailing on Lake Constance

Students who took part in the Sailing Afternoon Activity in week 1 have the opportunity to experience Lake Constance from a sailor's perspective teaming up for fun days out onboard our cutter or in the jolly boats. Based for the weekend at the school harbour, they will spend time in the evening cooking, swimming, and playing games in and near the water.

Final Show of the Salem International Summer School

"Final Evening Production"

For parents, friends, and guests, the crowning conclusion of our Salem International Summer School has always been full of surprises: the Final Evening Production.
In previous years, the wide variety of performances have ranged from Shakespeare’s plays to more modern theatrical pieces to one act plays, written by the students themselves. All Summer Schools participants are members of the cast, whether it be on the stage or behind the scenes. They each choose their own personal task – acting, dancing, playing in the band, helping with props, make-up and costumes or with lighting, staging or other technical assistance. All this makes it a night that everyone will remember.

In addition to the final production, we celebrate the end of Summer School by presenting the students with their language course participation certificates and honour individual students with special awards. The evening closes with a disco for the students and an informal reception for parents, where they can meet members of the Summer School Team and chat over a glass of prosecco.