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  • Locations: Kassel, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Eric Davis
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Earn up to six credits of graduate level coursework, delivered by recognized experts in global politics, global finance and trade, and EU political and fiscal policy, as well as from experienced professionals from the UN and other intergovernmental and international development organizations. 
  • Visit the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, as well as sites of political and historical memory in Germany.
  • Take German and live with a local family, while taking classes on the University of Kassel campus with peers from Rutgers and abroad.
Your Host City: Kassel, Germany
Kassel is a lively city of about 200,000 inhabitants in the state of Hessen in central Germany.  It is a city that constantly shapes urban culture and art, and owes much of its fame to the legacy of the Brothers Grimm.  Kassel has one of Europe's most palatial patio nurseries, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Hercules landmark. Located in the heart of the country, Kassel is easily accessible from all major cities of Germany.

The European Summer Institute program is open to M.A. students in the Department of Political Science, as well as to undergraduate political science majors who plan to enroll in the accelerated MA track.

The European Summer Institute (ESI) is a joint educational venture between the MA Program in Political Science–United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA) at Rutgers University, and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel. Students will enroll in 6 credits of intensive coursework in global politics and international relations, as well as a German language course. 

Rutgers students will have an opportunity to take up to two courses (6 credits) while in Germany, taught by professors of the University of Kassel and visiting professors from Rutgers University. These courses include:
  • Dr. Frauke Banse: Foreign Economic Policy Making of the European Union (includes trip to Brussels)
  • Dr. Floris Biskamp: The Crisis of Representation and the Rise of Populism in the European Union 
  • Dr. Eleonor Faur: Gender Inequalities and Public Policies in Current Latin America
  • Dr. Christoph Scherrer: The Political Economy of Germany and its Implications for Europe and the World 
  • Dr. Gulbahor Saraeva: Political Economy of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Syllabi for each course will be made available to students during the spring semester.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts, please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program features unique excursions designed to expose students to topics covered in the course beyond the classroom and university campus.  Expected excursions include:
  • Brussels, Belgium (5 days) where they will study at the offices of the European Commission, European Parliament, European Trade Union Confederation and others;
  • Berlin, Germany (2 days) with study at the Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation and visits to the Holocaust Museum and Museum Island; and,
  • Visit with Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees and German students to the Islamic Centre of Kassel.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed with German homestay families in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Kassel's campus.  Meals will be provided as part of the homestay.

Financial Information
Program costs for 2018 will be updated by the end of the fall semester.

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website. 

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.