Study political science in Bamberg – and abroad!

Studying abroad is perhaps the icing on the cake for your education and will look good on any subsequent application. Abroad you can deepen and supplement your study contents; you will get to know other teaching methods, can compare and take courses that are not offered in Bamberg and improve your foreign language skills on the side. At the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, about 40% of each year's students already fulfill their dream of studying abroad.

Studying abroad for one or two semesters can easily be integrated into the Bachelor's and Master's programs in Political Science.

Students of the Master's program have the possibility to acquire a double degree at Aston University (Great Britain) or at the University of Essex.

The University of Essex is a highly acclaimed university that is well known for its outstanding research and teaching expertise. It is consistently ranked as one of UK's best universities. Located in the east of England, university life predominantly takes place on the main campus called Wivenhoe Park, comprising 17 different schools and departments from Humanities to Science and Health. Its Social Science Department is considered to be one of the best in Europe and therefore attracts a high number of international students each year, with a current student body of 130 different nationalities. Students profit from excellent scholars, all kinds of university facilities that assist students in any way possible, and a closely-knit community that empowers a welcoming and very friendly atmosphere.

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The Double Masters Degree in Governance and International Politics offers the opportunity to achieve both an MA from the University of Bamberg (Germany) and an MA from Aston University in Birmingham (UK) within the standard period of study (24 months).

Through this programme, graduates gain a high-level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. Studying modules on topics such as Religion and Global Politics, Security and Defence in Europe and International Political Communication and Leaders, students develop wide-ranging insights into political behaviour and skills in the critical analysis of contemporary political issues.

Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston has a strong reputation for developing highly-skilled, sought-after, employable graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds. You will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups, to the University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals, and to University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy. Students at Aston become part of a vibrant, small and friendly community in the heart of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. There are students from over 120 countries studying at Aston living in a lively, safe, close-knit and friendly atmosphere. Aston is based right in the city centre, so most things are within easy walking distance.

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You can easily integrate a study abroad of one or two semesters into our Bachelor's and Master's programs in Political Science. You can organize your stay abroad yourself or through one of the many foreign partner universities of the University of Bamberg. There is also the possibility of funding within the framework of the ERASMUS program of the European Union. The University of Bamberg has a particularly broad network of foreign partner universities. Most students who decide to study abroad take advantage of the wide range of our exchange programs. The International Office can provide you with more information and assistance.

Courses abroad, which are equivalent to courses in Bamberg, are generously recognized in the Bachelor and Master programs in Political Science after consultation with the respective political science department. The possibility of taking a leave of absence during your studies abroad means that you will not lose any time for studying in Bamberg. A semester abroad will only be credited to your local study time if many of your study achievements from abroad are recognized.

Students of political science have the possibility to study one or two semesters of their bachelor or master studies at the renowned Sciences Po Lille - Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Lille.

Studying at a French university of excellence

Founded in 1991, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille is one of France's grandes écoles, which, as elite universities outside the public university system, are known for their excellent study conditions and are therefore particularly selective in the selection of their students. The Institutes d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) enjoy a high status in France: here the next generation of the French civil service is trained. Currently, 1700 students are enrolled at the institute, including 180 international students.

Wide range of courses

The courses offered cover the subject areas of economics, geography, sociology, history, international relations, law, and political science and are held mainly in French, although there are also courses in English and German.

Living in Lille means living in the heart of Europe

The institute is centrally located in the heart of Europe: three of the most important European capitals can be easily reached by train from Lille (to Brussels approx. 30 min, to Paris approx. 60 min, to London approx. 90 min). Lille is the fourth largest metropolitan region in France. The city itself has about 250,000 inhabitants, of which about 100,000 are students. Thus, the city has truly earned the designation "student city".  The European Capital of Culture 2004 still offers a wide range of cultural activities throughout the year. Even night owls will not be disappointed: on rue royale, rue Masséna and rue Solférino young people meet in pubs and clubs and can party until dawn.

Applications for the program

Applications for a stay should be sent to the International Office of the University of Bamberg. Information on the application procedure and exchange programs.


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