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Programs

Which programs does the Center for Global Politics offer?
The Center for Global Politics unites five distinct graduate programs: East European Studies Online, International Relations Online, German Studies Russia, Global Politics Seasonal Schools and Graduate School of Global Politics.

 

Are all the programs of the Center for Global Politics taught in Berlin?
No. East European Studies Online and International Relations Online are distance learning programs. You can study wherever and access your study material anywhere you want. Both programs have mandatory in-house classes in Berlin four times during the study period.

German Studies Russia is taught at the Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO) and the Global Politics Seasonal Schools take place in countries such as China, Iran, Jordan/Syria, Greece/Turkey and Vietnam/Cambodia.

The Graduate School of Global Politics offers a joint PhD program in cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and various chinese partner universities. Whether you are studying in China or Germany, you spend a 6-12 months research stay in the partner country.

 

Can you give me some idea about the scope of the programs?
East European Studies Online and International Relations Online are two-year distance learning master’s programs.

German Studies Russia is a one-year supplementary course.

The Global Politics Seasonal Schools are intensive two-week programs taking place in various countries all over the year.

The Graduate School of Global Politics is a 3-year-term PhD program.

 

I would like to know more about one specific program. Where can I get more detailed information?
For information on East European Studies Online you can contact Sabine Pag (student advisor) at sabine.pag@fu-berlin.de.

Katrin Risch, student advisor of International Relations Online, will be happy to help you with any questions regarding this program. You can contact her at katrin.risch@fu-berlin.de.

For information on German Studies Russia, please refer to Dominik Sonnleitner (program coordinator) at d.sonnleitner@fu-berlin.de.

If you have questions regarding the Global Politics Seasonal Schools, you can contact program coordinator Bettine Marissen at bettine.marissen@fu-berlin.de.

For further information on the Graduate School of Global Politics please contact program coordinator Amala Meiwes at amala.meiwes@global-politics.org.

 

I have questions regarding the Center for Global Politics. Who can I contact?
Sebastian Meyer is responsible for press and public relations matters. Please refer to him at seb.meyer@fu-berlin.de.

 

What kind of degree can I earn?
In East European Studies Online and International Relations Online, you can earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree comprising 120 credit points according to ECTS standards.

Students of German Studies Russia receive a double certificate of Freie Universität Berlin and the Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO).

Participants of the Global Politics Seasonal Schools receive an internationally recognized certificate worth 3 to 5 credit points (ECTS) issued by Freie Universität Berlin and the respective partner university.

The Graduate School of Global Politics offers a PhD degree.

 

Does the Center for Global Politics offer PhD programs?
Yes, the Graduate School of Global Politics is a PhD program offered by the Center for Global Politics and various chinese partner universities.

 

Admission

What kind of requirements do I have to fulfil in order to take part in the programs?
That depends on the programs. Please refer to the respective websites:
East European Studies Online

International Relations Online

German Studies Russia

Global Politics Seasonal Schools

Graduate School of Global Politics

 

When and where can I apply for a certain program?
The application deadline for the Master programs East European Studies (EES) Online and International Relations (IR) Online is April, 30. The next round of programs will start in fall once a year. You can access the online application here: EES Online and IR Online.

The application deadline for German Studies Russia is April, 15 for the program that starts in September of the same year. You can find further information on the admission procedure on the program’s website.

If you are interested in the Global Politics Seasonal Schools, you should choose one of the schools' online application here. Take a look at the respective section of the website for the starts and deadlines.

The requirements for joining the Graduate School of Global Politics can be found here.

 

Are there any tuition fees?
Yes and no - it depends on the program.

East European Studies Online: Tuition fees amount to 5,950 € per year of study plus the regular administrative charges of Freie Universität Berlin. If you choose the part-time study option, tuition fees amount to 3225 € per year of study plus these regular charges.

International Relations Online: Tuition fees amount to 8,250 € per year of study plus the regular administrative charges of Freie Universität Berlin. If you choose the part-time study option, tuition fees amount to 4375 € per year of study plus these regular charges.

Global Politics Seasonal Schools: Depends on the program, its duration and location.

There are no tuition fees for German Studies Russia.

 

Classes

In which language are the programs taught?
East European Studies Online, International Relations Online, the Global Politics Seasonal Schools and the Graduate School of Global Politics courses are all taught in English.

German Studies Russia is a German supplementary course.

Proficiency in the respective language is required for each program.

 

How can I access my study material?
The learning management system "Blackboard" provides you with easy access to a virtual library and web-based data, including relevant course material and multimedia files designed to support your studies. Participants receive a password that enables them to enter the learning environment of the respective program.

 

Is it possible to skip one of the on-site instruction periods of the online programs?
No, participation in all in-house classes is mandatory in order to obtain your Master's degree.