GESIS Training Courses

Scientific Coordination

Sebastian E. Wenz
Tel: +49 221 47694-159

Administrative Coordination

Angelika Ruf
Tel: +49 221 47694-162

9th Summer School in Survey Methodology

Location: Cologne

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 in survey methodology, research design, and data collection-recommended by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA).  
The 9th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology will take place from 30 July to 21 August 2020 in Cologne. The full program will be online in January 2020 here and over at
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 the design, 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.
Summer School Prerequisites  
In addition to the prerequisites mentioned in the syllabi of the courses, you will be expected to
  • have basic knowledge of empirical research methods;
  • have good English language skills, as the Summer School will entirely be held in English.
Course Structure  
Short courses are two-day courses that consist of about 6 hours of classes per day around of which 2 hours are tutorials or labs or exercises. One-week courses consist of 6 hours of classes a day of which around 2 hours are tutorials or labs or exercises (details for each course are provided in the course descriptions). Given the daily workload, participants can register for one course per week only.  
Plenary and Social Program  
Besides courses, participants are welcome to attend evening talks by experts in survey methodology and, thanks to our sponsors, take part in an exciting social and cultural program.  
Participation fees and registration  
Short courses:  
student/PhD student: EUR 120  
academic/public sector: EUR 180  
commercial: EUR 360  
One-week courses:  
student/PhD student: EUR 300  
academic/public sector: EUR 450  
commercial: EUR 900
Please see Terms and conditions of participation for our cancellation and reimbursement policy.    
ECTS credits  
Participants completing one-week courses have the opportunity to receive European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points. You will be charged an administration fee of EUR 20 (2ECTS) or EUR 50 (4 ECTS) per course, respectively. More information on ECTS can be found here.
Scholarships will be available. We will provide more information once the program of the next Summer School is online.
Child Care  
Please note, that unfortunately we are not able to offer childcare during this event. Please email the administrative coordination to receive a list of fee required local childcare suppliers.  
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Wiss. Koordination
Sebastian Wenz
Tel: +49 221 47694-159
Administrative Koordination
Angelika Ruf
Tel: +49 221 47694-162