GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

The GESIS Summer School takes place annually in Cologne since August 2012.
Our instructors and applicants come from a diverse set of countries and fields. The GESIS Summer School is unique in Europe with its focus on Survey Metho-
dology and data collection.

Scientific Coordination

Sebastian E. Wenz



+49 (221) 47694-166

Sebastian E. Wenz

Administrative Coordination

Angelika Ruf




+49 (221) 47694-162

Angelika Ruf

Save the date: The 6th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology will take place from August 3-25 2017 in Cologne. Detailed information and registration information will be provided soon.

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The GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology offers high quality training in state of the art techniques and methods of survey research.

It aims to:

  • give a broad overview of survey methods;
  • equip participants with essential skills in designing, planning, execution, documentation, and quality assurance of surveys;
  • provide an opportunity to deeply engage with the different tasks of survey design and implementation (such as questionnaire design, sampling, nonresponse, and fieldwork monitoring), different survey modes (such as personal interviews, web surveys,
    and mixed-mode), and research designs involving surveys (such as mixed methods, factorial surveys, longitudinal surveys, and cross-national surveys);
  • provide participants with good networking opportunities, a supportive social environment, and an exciting time in Cologne.



In addition to the prerequisites mentioned in the syllabi of the courses, all Summer School participants are expected to meet the
following general criteria:

  • 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

To see the preliminary Plenary and Social Program, please click here (240 KB).


Certificates and ECTS credit points

Certificates of attendance

Both, short course and one-week course participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of their stay, provided they have
not missed a substantial part of the course. 

ECTS points

Participants completing a one-week course have the opportunity to gain European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points from the
Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. When registering for the Summer School, you have
three options to choose from:

  • No ECTS points required (i.e. certificate of attendance is sufficient).
  • 2 points can be obtained for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments in a one-week course (4 points in a two-week course).
  • 2 further points can be gained by submitting a paper/report of about 5000 words to the instructors up to 4 weeks after the end
    of the summer school, after agreeing a topic with the instructors.

Applicants are advised to contact their home institution to enquire about the recognition of ECTS points from the University of Mannheim.

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 (normal rate)250€350€700€
one week courses (early bird rate*)200€300€650€
2 ETCS points20€20€20€
4 ECTS points50€50€50€

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



Scholarships sponsored by DAAD and ESRA are available. Detailed information on how to apply will be available along with the full program.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you need more information or if you have further questions, have a look here.


GESIS Summer School Archive

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



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