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Summer Institute: International Summer Lab (ISL)

  • Approx. Price


  • Trip Date

    July 14 to August 5, 2016
    4 Weeks (28 days)

  • Location


  • Description

    Food Technology, Sciences, Production and Engineering


    Culinary Program

  • Application Deadline

    March 31 2016

What to Expect/Highlights

Each summer the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture together with the German Institute of Food Technologies runs the International Summer Lab for German and international students.

It is an application oriented three week program combining laboratory work and lectures for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of

  • Food Technology
  • Food Production
  • Food Sciences

and other food related programs.

For advanced Bachelor’s students a course in “Special Food Technologies” is offered, which comprises pilot plant tests on different food products and raw materials (e.g. dairy, meat or cereals) in laboratories focusing on special food technologies and food processing, followed by chemical, physical and sensory analysis.
For Master’s and PhD students a course in “Plant and Process Design “ is offered, which provides insights into innovative product development and the application of new and emerging technologies (e.g. non-thermal processing) and their influence on food quality, food properties and market perspectives. In addition, the course deals with the modelling of processes.

Join the International Summer Lab and seize the opportunity to study and work together with German food professionals. You will get hands-on experience in special food processing techniques and get acquainted with state of the art equipment.

The International Summer Lab takes place both at the Osnabrück campus of the Faculty of Agriculture and Landscape Architecture as well as at the renowned German Institute of Food Technologies (Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik – DIL).

The programme also includes several company visits plus a variety of cultural events during the evenings and the weekend. You will perform your laboratory work together with Osnabrück students and they will join you also for the cultural and social activities.

Partner Organization and Location

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Like most universities of applied sciences, Osnabrück UAS was founded in 1971. Already in 1968, the German government had described this new kind of higher education institution in which students should be educated for the professional world. This education was to have a scientific basis so that graduates would be able to work self-determined and take over responsibility. In differentiation from traditional universities that were oriented towards basic research, the new universities of applied sciences should be practice-oriented in both teaching and research.

To ensure this practice-orientation, all professors at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences not only need a PhD-degree, but they also need to have at least three years of professional experience in business, industry or institutions. This fact also explains why Osnabrück UAS fosters strong ties with local and regional businesses and institutions through university-industry-transfer. Professors and students successfully engage in contract research. Practical (co-op) phases as well as group projects are a natural component of every curriculum. Most students write their bachelor and master theses in cooperation with businesses and institutions and address real-life problems with the scientific knowledge they have gained.

Living in Osnabrück: Safe, green, clean

In Osnabrück, it is easy to find a balance between cityscape and natural settings. Although 162,000 people live in the city of Osnabrück, one can reach the surroundings with lakes, and hills, and meadows, within no more than 15 minutes by bike in all directions. Maybe this is one reason why Osnabrück was voted the happiest city in Germany in 2008. Osnabrück is the only big city in Germany that is located within the boundaries of a nature park. And there is even a farm in the inner city where you can buy fresh produce of the season.

We want you to get to know more about Germany and the Germans. Therefore, the program in the ISL is supplemented by various events in the evening and on the weekend. Accompanied by German students you will take part in leisure time activities in Osnabrück and its region and go on a day trip to another German city.

Accommodation and Transportation


As a International Summer Program participant you will be provided with a log-in name and password which allows you to access the computers at OS UAS, using the internet as well as the E-Learning platform.  Additionally, the students will be able to use wifi-network for free and can use the access to the internet in your classroom. So please bring your laptop with you.

Also, in the International Guesthouse as well as in various student residences there is access to the internet.

Do not forget to have an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) issued to you by your home university. Many museums, cinemas and theatres offer reduced student rates.

Program Costs

Approximate Fees Include:

  • Tuition (covering both e-learning phases as well as the International Summer Lab itself)
  • Teaching Material
  • Consumable supplies for the laboratory work
  • Osnabrück bus pass
  • Company visits
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Transfers to the various programme locations
  • Accommodation
  • Berlin trip including accommodation, breakfast and sightseeing tour
  • Visit to VW in Wolfsburg (on the way to Berlin)

Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Optional weekend trip to Amsterdam and Paris
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel costs (from home to Osnabrück and back and for trips which are not part of the programme)
  • health, accident or liability insurance. Participants have the responsibility to cover health, accident and liability insurance on their own



The course fee includes a registration fee of 100.00 €, which will be forfeited in case of withdrawal of the registration after May 31st of the course year. If you cancel your registration before May 31st, we will refund the whole amount of the course fee.

Cancellations of reserved places will attract the following cancellation fee:

  • 50 % of  the overall fee for a cancellation between 8 and 4 weeks before the start of the ISL
  • 100% of the overall fee for a cancellation during the last 4 weeks before the start of the ISL

Payment and Application Process

Application Process and Instructions:

Step 1:

You must apply to the Study Abroad opportunity by following the registration process set by the Partner Institute/Organization. Please refer to the information below.

Step 2:

You must register at Niagara College’s Be World Ready Program in order to be eligible for the $500 BWR Grant as well as have our staff assist you with your travel arrangements and details.

Registration for ISL

The application deadline is December 1 to March 31, 2016.

Two scientists of OS UAS and of DIL will review the applications. You will receive an e-mail notification of participation by April 22, 2016 at the latest.

For further information and registration please visit

Be World Ready Application Process:

  1. Apply Online
  2. Participate in pre-departure training
  3. Upon Return: Complete BWR Travel Grant form