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Linguistic Diversity
March 26 - April 4, 2008

Practical information

Registration closed

Courses have reached their capacity limits. As of 6 February 2008, 14:00 CET, registration for LSSLD 2008 is closed. Registrations submitted after this point will be waitlisted.



Courses will be held at the University of Leipzig's Center for the Humanities (Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, GWZ) at Beethovenstraße 15, close to the city center. The working language will be English.



The registration fee of EUR 35 does not include room and board. However, we have pre-booked capacities in two guest houses. Rooms will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Prices quoted here are per person and cover accommodation for the entire duration of the Spring School from March 25 (arrival) to April 5 (departure), including breakfast and bedding.

Payment is due by February 15th, 2008. Details have been provided in the e-mail confirming your registration.


“Sleepy Lion” Hostel
Käthe-Kollwitz-Str. 3
04109 Leipzig
Phone +49 (0) 3 41 – 99 39 480
Fax +49 (0) 3 41 – 99 39 482

From the “Sleepy Lion” Hostel in central Leipzig, the course venues are walkable within 10 minutes, and it takes little more than 3 minutes to walk to the city center. Gottschedstraße, with its bars, restaurants, and clubs, is also right around the corner. Accommodation is available in 4-bed (EUR 201) and 3-bed (EUR 210) dorm rooms as well as doubles (EUR 238).


Ökumenisches Gästehaus Leipzig
Weißdornstraße 102
04209 Leipzig
Phone +49 (0) 3 41 – 41 29 0
Fax +49 (0) 3 41 – 41 29 105

The Ökumenisches Gästehaus grew out of a Christian initiative and welcomes guests in Grünau, a quarter built in the 1970s as a showpiece of GDR city planning for the working class. The city center and course venues are reachable by a 30 minute tram ride. Accommodation is available in singles and doubles with shared bathrooms for EUR 157 (for students under the age of 27 at the time of arrival, please bring a suitable ID as proof) or EUR 229 (for all others).

Update: Our pre-reserved capacities at the Sleepy Lion Hostel and the Ökumenisches Gästehaus are booked out. If you are still looking for affordable accommodation close to the city center, you may want to check out the following places:

Central Globetrotter Hostel

Schlafgut Guesthouse & CityAppartements

Guesthouse Leipzig

Mendelssohn7 International Guesthouse

If you would like to stay with locals, you might be able to find a place at a shared apartment as an interim tenant (“zur Zwischenmiete” in German). Although most ads look for people who would like to stay for a couple of months, some communities will be happy to rent out their room(s) to short-term tenants as well. Possible starting points for a search include (in German only):

WG gesucht

Das virtuelle Schwarze Brett der Uni Leipzig



Financial support

We have made a serious effort to keep financial barriers to participation as low as possible. Therefore, we regret that we are not able to provide any financial support, and we encourage you to look for other sources of funding. We are also not able to cut the participation fee any further for people who cannot stay for the entire duration of the Spring School. Participants from abroad may qualify for one of the programs listed in the central scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for example, depending on country of origin.


Travel arrangements

Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Leipzig. Visitors from abroad should make sure to meet the entry requirements and have a valid visa (a short-stay tourist visa is sufficient). [Check here whether you need a visa for Germany.]

Leipzig has an international airport, from where trains connect to the city center in 15 minutes.


Public transportation

Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), the local public transportation company, runs a network of trams and buses that make most points of the city easily accessible. A special ticket for Spring School participants is available from the Organizers for EUR 18. It covers all LVB transportation from March 25 to April 5 (i.e., including arrival and departure days) in all of zone 110 (see map at the link below). For comparison: One single ride costs EUR 1.90, a regular one-week pass (valid Monday through Sunday) is EUR 15.90. If you would like to obtain a Spring School ticket, please let us know via e-mail and add the 18 euros to your total charges.

For a PDF map of the public transportation system, go to:



University of Leipzig (UL)
Institut für Linguistik &
Institut für Afrikanistik
Beethovenstr. 15
04107 Leipzig

URL: Institut für Linguistik (

URL: Institut für Afrikanistik (


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA)
Department of Linguistics &
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig


How to get to the Max Planck Institute


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS)
Stephanstraße 1a
04103 Leipzig