3rd International Winter School - Comparative Studies in Adult and Lifelong Learning, 3-12 February 2016, Bavaria, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 18, 2015

Deadline: Oct 31, 2015

Event Dates: from Feb 03, 2016 12:00 to Feb 12, 2016 12:00

The international Winter School ‘Comparative Studies on Adult and Lifelong Learning’ is dedicated to analysing and comparing international and European strategies in Lifelong Learning. Based on social policy models, Lifelong Learning strategies in Europe, including selected European countries, will be subjected to a critical analysis. Furthermore, subtopics of Lifelong Learning have been chosen (e.g. participation in adult education in Europa, training the adult learning trainers, quality in adult education) for an in-depth comparison and analysis of the situation in various European countries.

During the first part of the winter school, theories and approaches will be used for analysing European and international Lifelong Learning strategies. The programme features direct interactions with key European stakeholders in Lifelong Learning (e.g. European Association for Adult Education). Furthermore, local providers in adult and continuing education in Würzburg (Academy Frankenwarte, Kolping Academy Würzburg, Continuing Education Center of the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce) will be visited. The interaction will lead to a critical analysis and to a comparison of Lifelong Learning strategies, as well as to a theory-practice reflection on international policies in Lifelong Learning.

During the second part, the winter school focuses on the comparison of selected subtopics of Lifelong Learning in selected countries: How does the training of trainers vary in different countries? How does Adult Education participation differ in various European countries? How do quality systems vary in different countries? Which differences and similarities do we find in the policies towards Lifelong Learning in different countries? What conclusions can be drawn out of these differences and similarities?

The Winter School is geared towards master and doctoral students from European and Asian Universities. Mainly focused are students who are enrolled in study programmes close to Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. We welcome an interdisciplinary approach towards these topics.

Requirements for Registration

For participating in the Winter School, a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a subject with relation to Lifelong Learning (e.g. a Bachelor degree in education) forms the minimum requirement.


Registration Fee

The regular registration fee for the Winter School is 200 EUR.

There is a reduced fee for participants from international partner universities of 125 EUR:

  • ‡Hungary: University of Pécs
  • ‡Italy: University Florence, University of Padua‡
  • Portugal: University of Minho, University of Lisbon‡
  • Denmark: Aarhus University‡
  • India: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University

Participants from the following German partner universities contact their local coordinators for registration:

  • University of Würzburg: Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer, Stefanie Kröner
  • ‡University of Chemnitz: Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff
  • ‡Ludwigsburg University of Education: Prof. Ingeborg Schüßler

The registration fee includes a supply of coffee, tea and water (self-care) during the programme, as well as one Franconian evening, the field visit to Nuremberg, as well as a city guided tour.

International students below the age of 30 have to show a valid European health insurance. Please contact us for clarifying all details. International students will be enrolled as visiting students (programme studies) at University of Würzburg. The enrolment fee is included in the registration fee of the winter school. All enrolled students receive a ticket for local transport with which you also can reach all accommodations for free. Furthermore, you receive a Mensa card which entitles you to reduced Mensa fares.

After the full registration fee has been transferred the participation fee cannot be refunded.

Registration Process

  1. Please register on our website at: www.lifelonglearning.uni-wuerzburg.de.
    The deadline for registration is 31st October 2015
    For non-European students the deadline is 30th September 2015 (Schengen-Visa)
  2. Until 15th November 2015 you will receive information on the achievement of your application.
  3. If you decide to participate, please transfer your registration fee (depending on your scholarship) to the account of the University of Würzburg until 20th November 2015:
    Staatsoberkasse Bayern in Landshut (Dreifaltigkeitsstr.177, 84028 Landshut)
    Bayerische Landesbank (Brienner Straße 18, 80333 München)
    IBAN: DE75700500000001190315
    USt.-ID-Nr. Universität Würzburg = DE 134 187 690
    Reference: 0002 0168 8879

After the full registration fee has been transferred the participation fee cannot be refunded.

Certificate of Attendance

After participating at the winter school and completing the country report, you will receive a detailled certificate of attendance (5 ECTS).

Doctoral students who are interessted preparing a joint-comparative paper after the Winter School may can earn 10 ECTS.


We have applied for several scholarship funds, which we are happy forwarding to you. You are warmly invited to apply for one of the following travel and subsistence scholarships:

  • Scholarship for European Students up to 600 EUR/person
  • Scholarship for non-European Students up to 1050 EUR/person
  • Students employed at a European university (e.g. as research associate): We are happy to support you in organizing an ERASMUS+ teaching mobility and/or staff mobility, which will befunded over the international office of your university. For this purpose, please contact us (lifelong-learning@uni-wuerzburg.de)

The scholarship will be paid after your arrival in Würzburg via electronic payment or in cash.



The Julius-Maximilian-University holds various hotel cooperation partners that enables you to use a reduced University guest fee. The prices start at 54 EUR per night. After your registration we would be glad to send you a list of University Hotels Cooperations that you could choose your booking from. Please consider that we cannot guarantee any free space or the named price. Limited room contingents with Hotel Amberger (Ludwigstraße 17-19 · 97070 Würzburg, www.hotel-amberger.de) and Hotel Franziskaner (Franziskanerplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, www.hotel-franziskaner.de) are available until 23 December 2015.

Youth Hostels and Guest Houses

A detailed lists of booking recommendations for youth hostels and guest hourses in Würzburg is going to be send to you after your registration. In shared bed dorms prices start at 17,00 EUR per night. Please consider that we cannot guarantee any free space or the named price.

Deadline for application is 31st October 2015
For non-European students the deadline is 30th September 2015 (Schengen-Visa)
Würzburg students please register via sb@home until 12th October 2015.

If you are eligable for a scholarship, we will inform you until 15th November 2015.
The registration only is binding after the transfer of registration fee (latest 20th November 2015).

Professors interested to join the programme please contact us via e-mail (lifelong-learning@uni-wuerzburg.de)

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