GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

Every August since 2012, the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place at GESIS, Cologne. Lecturers and participants from all over the world and from many different fields come to Cologne to take part in Europe's leading summer school on survey methodology, research design, and data collection - recommended by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA).

Scientific Coordination

Sebastian E. Wenz



+49 (221) 47694-166

Sebastian E. Wenz

Administrative Coordination

Angelika Ruf



+49 (221) 47694-162

Angelika Ruf

We are happy to announce the program of the 6th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology that will take place from August 3-25 2017 in Cologne. Register now for the courses of your choice at

Week 0 (Short Courses, 08/03-04)

  • Preparing Data for Re-Use
  • Research Designs and Causal Inference
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus

Week 1 (08/07-11)

  • Introduction to Survey Design
  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using R
  • Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys

Week 2 (08/14-18)

  • Questionnaire Design
  • Assessing Measurement Quality
  • SEM for Longitudinal and Panel Data
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Short Course, 08/17-18)

Week 3 (08/21-25)

  • Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Item Nonresponse and Multiple Imputation
  • Sampling, Weighting, and, Estimation

Detailed course descriptions are now available at, where you can register for the courses of your choice.

GSS Flyer 2017 (download here (345 KB))

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Why attend the GESIS Summer School?

At the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology you will

  • receive high quality training in state of the art techniques and methods of survey research;
  • find courses that equip you with essential skills in how to design, plan, conduct, and document all kinds of surveys;
  • find courses that teach you how to analyze survey data;
  • find both courses that give a broad overview of survey methods and courses that intensively discuss special interest topics in survey research;
  • meet new people from different fields and from all over the world to network and discuss your research with;
  • enjoy a varied plenary and social program;
  • last but not least: Have an exciting time in Cologne, the "most underrated city in Germany" (New York Times).


Who should attend the GESIS Summer School?

The GESIS Summer School is made for you if you are an advanced graduate or PhD student, a post-doc, junior researcher, or survey professional from any relevant field, who:

  • is interested in improving their general knowledge and skills in survey methodology;
  • is planning to run an own survey or is working for a large-scale survey project;
  • wants to update their methodological expertise in specific areas of survey methodology;
  • wishes to engage in methodological research with survey data;
  • wants to better understand processes of data collection;
  • wants to learn how to assess data quality;
  • wants to learn how to properly analyze survey data.



In addition to the prerequisites mentioned in the syllabi of the courses, you are expected to

  • have basic knowledge of empirical research methods;
  • have a good command of English, as the Summer School will entirely be held in English.


Course structure

Short courses are two-day courses aimed at updating participants’ skills to better fulfill the entrance requirements of some one-week courses or at providing instruction in a specialized area. Short courses consist of about 6 hours of instruction per day (9:00-16:30).

One-week courses consist of 4 hours of in-class instruction a day, either in the morning (9:00-13:00) or in the afternoon (14:00-18:00). Outside of these hours, participants are expected to take part in guided individual or group study time for around 2 hours per day
(details for each course are provided in the course descriptions).

Given the workload of both in-class instruction and study time, participants can register only for one course per week.


Plenary and Social Program

The GESIS Summer School offers a varied plenary and social program. Participants are very welcome to attend evening talks by Survey Methodology experts, participate in cultural whole day excursions at the weekend and to have a good time at our welcome receptions and end-of-the-week parties. More details will be available shortly after publication of the full Summer School program.


Certificates and ECTS credit points

Certificates of attendance

Participants of both short courses and one-week courses will receive one certificate of attendance per course at the end of the course, provided they have attended at least 80% of the course time.

ECTS points

Participants completing a one-week course have the opportunity to earn European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points from the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. If you wish to earn ECTS credits, you may choose from two options when registering for the Summer School:

  • 2 points can be earned for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments in a one-week course.

  • 4 points can be earned for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments and, once you have agreed with your lecturers on a topic, by submitting a paper/report of about 5000 words to the lecturers up to 4 weeks after the end of the Summer School.

Applicants are advised to contact their home institution to inquire about the recognition of ECTS points from the University of Mannheim. Note that you will be charged an administration fee of EUR 20,00 (2 ECTS) or 50,00 (4 ECTS) per course, respectively.

For the short courses we cannot grant ECTS points.


Fees and registration information

Student rate                     Academic/ non-profit rateCommercial rate
Short courses100€140€280€
One week courses 250€350€700€
2 ETCS points20€20€20€
4 ECTS points50€50€50€

 Please see Terms and conditions of participation for our cancellation and reimbursement policy.

You can book the courses here.



Scholarships sponsored by DAAD and ESRA are available. You can find detailed information on how to apply here.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you need more information or if you have further questions, have a look at our FAQs.


GESIS Summer School Archive

The schedules of past GESIS Summer Schools are available through our archive.



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