GESIS Training Courses

Summer School

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).

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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 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, 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 that aim 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 classes per day.

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.


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 20,00 (2 ECTS) or 50,00 (4 ECTS) per course, respectively. More information on ECTS can be found here.



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Wiss. Koordination

Sebastian Wenz
Tel: +49 221 47694-166


Administrative Koordination

Angelika Ruf
Tel: +49 221 47694-162