KIRON GIZ Summer Certificate Programme

Be part of a blended learning summer school in Jordan this Summer!

The summer certificate programme is for free.

You can study from everywhere in Jordan, when ever you want.
And connect with students, tutors and trainers when you need it.

About the Summer School Certificate Programme

This summer, Syrian and Jordanian youth are invited to participate in the Summer Certificate Programme, brought by the GIZ and Kiron Open Higher Education

The 3 months Summer Certificate Programme is a blended learning certificate program, followed by a mentoring program. You can gain both job related and academic skills, in tutorials, skill trainings, practical projects and many other events.

Deadline for submission








Programme benefits


In the end you will receive a PROGRESS Certificate for the Summer School, which consists of different components, both online and offline. That means you can compose your own study programme!

Online modules


Skills trainings


How can I choose?

Each study track during the summer school has to consist of at least one Module (preferably with a tutorial), AND one Project OR one or more Skills training.

So many options! On top of the Module, you can choose more than one skills training, or a skills training AND a project. Chose the elements that work best for you in the Apply section.

Online Modules


Modules are one or more Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The MOOCs consist of readings, videos, games, quizzes, etc. All modules are self-paced. This means that you can study according to your own schedule; and in your own pace.
The Online Modules are the biggest part of the Summer Certificate Project, and run for 3 months, and will require you to study 10 to 13 hours per week on average.


Tutorials are interactive group sessions with a small group of students and a tutor. There are 4 tutorials developed for this Summer Certificate Programme. You can only take a tutorial when you also enroll in the corresponding Module. During the tutorials, the MOOC content will be discussed in more depth. You can ask any questions to the tutor, or discuss sessions amongst themselves. Tutorials, like Modules, will run online.

The tutorials run in parallel with the modules, for 3 months. They will require you to study 2 to 3 hours a week on average.

Skills trainings


In the skills trainings, students develop a specific competence or ability. Most skills developed during these trainings can be applied to many aspects in life, and will help students during their academic, as well as professional and private life.

Each Skill training runs for 4 weeks, and require students to study 3 to 4 hours a week on average.



During the projects, students work together in groups to develop their own product. Students are expected to apply their academic knowledge and skills to real life. In the final week, the outcome of the project will be presented by the students. The outcome could be a presentation, a product, or a document.

Projects run during 3 months, and require students to study 4 to 8 hours a week on average.

Mentoring Programme

In August, you will have the chance to be connected to a mentor from your field. The mentor will come from a profession which is relevant to your studies, and will give you an insight into his or her work, and provide you a blend of opportunities for your job market readiness and individual goals.

Social Events & Activities

During the Summer School, we will organize a variety of social activities, such as networking events, cultural dinners, art exhibitions and sports events.


Study Centers

Blended does not mean online – if you want, you can study from home. But we also work together with several spaces in Amman and Irbid where you can meet other students and learn together!

Online Study Platform

All online courses can be found on the Kiron Campus e-learning plattform. Courses are offered on edx, coursera and sailor, which are presented in modules on the platform for for you. Here you also find our Online Forum, where you can learn about study-related topics. You can post questions and have discussions with fellow students and study coordinators.

So what can I choose in detail?


1. Business English

1.1 Module description

This module extends students’ basic understanding of English to business contexts. The main goal is to develop the communicative skills that are necessary to work professionally in an English-speaking business environment, including both the ability to speak, write and read effectively in English and to engage in cross-cultural communication generally.

The module consist of 4 different courses, that need to be taken in the specified order:

  • Sub-Course 1: Business English: Basics
  • Sub-Course 2: English for Effective Business Writing
  • Sub-Course 3: English for Effective Business Speaking
  • Sub-Course 4: Business English for Cross-cultural Communication

Please note that, the fifth sub course is a Project, witch is not part of this module for the Summer Certificate Programme.

1.2 Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • extend their vocabulary with key business terminology
  • express effective speaking, writing and reading skills in English
  • assess the information contained in business publications, reports, journalism and academic essays
  • debate in an intercultural business environment
  • prepare an English presentation and report

1.3 Workload
12,5 hours/ week

1.4 Prerequisites

1.5 Recommended to combine with…

  • Tutorial
  • Project: Business English
2. Entrepreneurship

2.1 Module description

This module explores insights to discover and create entrepreneurial opportunities and the expertise to successfully launch, manage, and grow a business project. It focus on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities which lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness.

The module consists of 6 MOOCs:

  • Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the opportunity
  • Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-Up
  • Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability
  • Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

2.2 Learning outcomes
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to

  • identify a business opportunity
  • develop a business plan
  • organize processes and resources within a diverse organization
  • propose strategies to finance a business entity
  • solve business problems in the field of entrepreneurship

2.3 Workload

7 hours/week

1.4 Prerequisites


1.5 Recommended to combine with…

  • Tutorial
  • Project: Business Plan Writing
3. Introduction to Computer Science

3.1 Module description

This module gives students an introduction into the concepts of computer science. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. The topics covered include:

  • problem solving strategies
  • primitive data types and arithmetic expressions
  • branching and loops
  • arrays
  • string manipulation
  • file I/O
  • simple event-driven programming
  • recursion and abstract data types

The module consist of one MOOC: Introduction to Computer Science.

3.2 Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students will be able to

  • explain fundamental concepts of computer science such as algorithms and data structures,
  • develop programs with conditionals and loops,
  • implement iterative and recursive algorithms.

3.3 Workload

15 hours/ week

3.4 Prerequisites

3.5 Recommended to combine with…

  • Tutorial
  • Project: Programming
4. Web Development

4.1 Module description

In this module students learn about the protocols, architecture and software components used in web applications. The students will study examples of web applications and understand their functionality and architecture. The main topics of the course include:

  • HTML and XML,
  • stylesheets,
  • scripting languages such as Javascript,
  • dynamic websites using AJAX,
  • security aspects of web applications.

This Module consists of two MOOCs:

  • Web Development
  • HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers

4.2 Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

  • create simple websites using markup languages together with script languages,
  • use recent web technologies to meet the present standards of web development,
  • use common practices to secure web applications,
  • recognize the architecture of simple web applications

4.3 Workload

15 hours/ week

4.4 Prerequisites


4.5 Recommended to combine with…

  • Tutorial
  • Project: Programming

Skills Trainings

1. Academic Writing

1.1 Training description

During this interactive training, you will learn essential skill for conducting research and develop key academic writing skills to succeed in your academic studies and examinations, such as short papers and essays. This training is a place for you to practice your writing skills  in a supportive environment with a small group of fellow Kiron students. You will learn how to translate your ideas into convincing and clear pieces of writing, which will help you throughout your entire studies.

1.2 Learning Outcomes

After taking this training students will be able to:  

  • develop individual paragraphs and essays by using evidence, sources, and appropriate rhetorical modes to support topic sentences and thesis statements;
  • demonstrate critical thinking and reading skills by writing expository paragraphs and essays in response to course readings;
  • compose a multi-paragraph essay that supports and develops an effective thesis statement with specific supporting details and examples
  • organize essays with a clear understanding of introductory, developmental, and concluding paragraphs;
  • write varied sentences, using correct standard, free from errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling.

1.3 Workload

You will attend one session per a week; for 3 to 4 hours. The total workload is 12-16 hours.

1.4 Prerequisites


2. Life Skills

2.1 Training description

During this training, you will learn to empower yourself by identifying and solving problems in their community and life. The life skills training is especially designed to help you living a qualitatively better life, to accomplish your ambitions and live up to your full potential. you will learn and practice parts of  the process of social innovation and social entrepreneurship and apply your skills to real-world problems.

You will learn that changing the world starts with changing yourself, and will come to understand that innovation is about more than just having an idea. We will be focusing mostly on achieving self- determination, developing empathy for others and understanding our needs.

2.2 Learning Outcomes

After taking this training students will be able to

  • Apply strategies to critically reflect and assess their values, attitudes and norms
  • Explain the role of learning for developing one’s self
  • Remember and use strategies to develop empathy
  • Choose strategies to overcome obstacles and failure in pursuit of long-term goals.

2.3 Workload

You will attend one session per a week; for 3 to 4 hours. The total workload is 12-16 hours.

2.4 Prerequisites


3. Digital Skills

3.1 Training  description

This training will provide you with basic digital skills and key competences you need to build your digital ability. You will learn about digital (online) research, basic softwares and tools, and digital media. The skills you develop here can be used in your personal as well as academic of professional life.

3.2 Learning Outcome
After taking this training students will able to:

  • Apply effect strategies when using common internet search tools and engines,
  • Use basic software tools such as MS office,
  • Describe different digital media and use them effectively.

3.3 Workload

You will attend one session per a week; for 3 to 4 hours. The total workload is 12-16 hours.

3.4 Prerequisites


4. Job application skills

4.1 Training description

This training will provide you with the necessary dynamic and practical  skills you need to start your professional career. It includes job searching, writing of a professional resume, and interview and presentation skills. This training guides you through every step of job searching and the application process, so that you quickly identify the right jobs first, submit your application and successfully prepare and pass your interview.

4.2 Learning outcomes

After completing this training  students will be able to

  • Remember different platforms for job advertisements and vacancies,
  • Understand their own competencies and specialties,
  • Describe the do’s and don’ts of the recruitment process,
  • Differentiate  basic resume formats and their adequate use,
  • Write a clear CV that summarizes their most important accomplishments,
  • Formulate a successful cover letter
  • Remember strategies for job interviews and successfully apply them in role plays

4.3 Workload

You will attend one session per a week; for 3 to 4 hours. The total workload is 12-16 hours.

4.4 Prerequisites


5. Design thinking workshop

5.1 Training description

In this training, you can liberate your creative potential and learn new ways in working together as a team.  Design Thinking is an approach to solving complex problems. Design Thinking originated in product development, combining a number of successful methods in recent decades to empathetically create user concepts in a true human-centered manner. Today this method is used in industry, business, education, and politics.

5.2 Learning outcomes

After completing this training students will be able to:

  • Apply new problem solving skills & techniques,
  • Use the 5 steps of the Design Thinking method when approaching projects & challenges,
  • Transfer the method of Design Thinking to their personal and professional life,
  • Use empathy as a method to design a project or business.

5.3 Workload

Two day workshop

5.4 Prerequisites



1. Business Plan Writing (offline)

1.1 Course description

The Business Plan Writing project is an interactive Project in which students will be developing and writing a business plan, and get a clear idea of what they need to do to set up their own business. Topics cover among others Entrepreneurial Introduction; Marketing and Sales; Product and Service Development; Access to Finance and Internal Financial Management and Human Resource Management. The training encourages participants to use their creativity, knowledge and skills to develop important skills and business ideas through illustrative examples, practical exercises and discussion.

1.2 Learning Outcomes


1.3 Workload

6-9 hours/week

1.4 Prerequisites


1.5 Recommended to combine with…

There are no prerequisites to this course. However it is highly recommended to take the Module and Tutorial in Entrepreneurship to gain in depth and academic knowledge.

2. Business English (online)

2.1 Project description:

The Business English Project is a Capstone project and it is the practical summary and application of your written and oral skills achieved in the Business English courses.

The Business English Project consists of one MOOC, and takes place online.  You will be able to choose a business case provided by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), or use an example from your own work experience and prepare an online video presentation (approx. ½ hour) that analyses the case and provides recommendations, and prepare a business report to coincide with the presentation (approx. 2,000 words). The report should include an executive summary, analyses of the case and recommendations.

2.2 Learning outcomes:

After finishing this course, students will be able to

  • Analyze business cases and develop recommendations,
  • Summarize your analysis in a written report,
  • Discuss and explain your analysis in an oral presentation.

2.3 Workload:
2,5 hours/week

2.4 Prerequisits:
Module: Business English

2.5  Recommended to combine with…

You cannot participate in this project unless you have finished the Module Business English. It is highly recommended to also take a tutorial in Business English to gain in depth knowledge.

3. Programming: Learn Ruby on Rails (FULLY BOOKED)

Due to high demand this course has now been fully booked and is closed to new applicants

3.1 Project description

Ruby is a general purpose language that is popular and in high demand in the marketplace, as it’s more commonly used in Rails applications. Concise and readable, it is easy to pick up but also plenty powerful. Companies like Twitter, Soundcloud, Goodreads, and Kickstarter got their products off the ground with Ruby.

As one of the most powerful ways to quickly develop web applications, Ruby on Rails has a high relevance and demand in today’s marketplace. Companies like Airbnb,, Hulu, and even Codecademy, have built their products using the Rails framework. Building with Rails also offers a good opportunity to put into practice all the skills you’ve learned so far—from implementing static webpages with HTML and CSS to using programming concepts like object-oriented programming.

This Project consists of two online courses:

  • Learn Ruby
  • Learn Ruby on Rails.

3.2 Learning outcomes

After finishing this module, students will be able to

  • Remember the basic programming concepts and explain their specifications in Ruby (including variables, loops, control flow and object-oriented programming),
  • Describe the Rails core concepts, like MVC design pattern,
  • Explain communication with databases to persist data,
  • Apply these competencies by developing a final project.

3.3 Workload

A total of 28 hours (self paced)

3.4 Prerequisites

  • Some knowledge/experience with basic software (web browser, text editors, how to install software, basic knowledge of operating system).
  • Basic knowledge of command line (how to use a command line/ how to run a command).

3.5 Recommendations to combine with…Modules/Skills

  • Module: Introduction to Computer Science
  • Module: Web Programming

Are you ready to apply?

if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected]