Empirical Political and Social Research (Franco-German)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German
Deadline: May 15, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:904 Duration:3 years You need IELTS certificate

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At the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Stuttgart, course-work focuses on the integration of political science, sociology, and empirical social and political analysis. At Sciences Po Bordeaux, the focus is on on political science, economics, law, and the acquisition of "culture générale" (which includes language skills and history).

Educational organisation

The Bachelor's study programme takes six semesters (three years). The first and the third years of study take place in Bordeaux, the second year takes place in Stuttgart.
This is a joint degree programme.

Study abroad unit(s)

Sciences Po Bordeaux (Grande École) for two years


Four weeks internship before the final Bachelor's examination is recommended. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment

Oral and written examinations accompanying the course of studies, Bachelor's thesis

Course objectives

The Bachelor's study programme seeks to convey basic knowledge of theories and methods of social sciences as well as about important fields of research and typical areas in the social sciences (like political systems, social systems, international relations, political opinions, social and political behaviour and participation, modern political theories, political philosophy, economics).

Language requirements

German applicants must provide proof of their French skills: results of French courses at school, French skills acquired in language courses, etc., and personal interview.

Academic requirements

Please enquire at the university.

Enrolment fees

Approx. 170 EUR per semester

Costs of living

To cover living expenses, you will need about 750 EUR per month. This is for rent (approx. 300-350 EUR), health insurance for non-EU residents (approx. 80 EUR), the semester ticket for public transport (190 EUR/six months), food (approx. 200 EUR), other incidental expenses and working materials (approx. 100 EUR).

Job opportunities

Owing to its location in the heart of one of Europe's largest high-tech regions, there are many opportunities to find employment. Nevertheless, please do not come to Germany expecting to be able to finance your entire studies by working. The study load is very high and it is not always easy to find a part-time job. Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of 120 full days (240 half days) per year. Students who are employed by the university in one of the institutes or departments ("Studentische Hilfskräfte") are exempt from this regulation, but other restrictions apply. You are not allowed to work during the first year while attending a German language class in preparation for the test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF).

Arrival support

A pick-up service is part of our welcome package. If you wish, you will be contacted before your departure, and if you arrive between 8am and 8pm, you will be met at Stuttgart airport or railway station and taken to your accommodation. Your host partner will also help you to deal with all formalities. This service is free of charge.

Services and support for international students

Cross-Cultural Mentoring Programme
The Office of International Affairs invites international degree students to sign up for the "Cross-Cultural Mentoring Programme". The programme is intended to ease initial challenges at the university as well as to offer study information, counselling services, subject-specific tutorials, courses, and activities during the whole study programme.
For further information, please contact: heidenreich@ia.uni-stuttgart.de.

The Welcoming Service
The Office of International Affairs offers a buddy programme in order to support you with all formalities at the beginning of your studies. For further information, please visit our website: http://www.ia.uni-stuttgart.de/internat/studierende/services/buddyprogramm/index.en.html.


Both campuses in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and in Stuttgart city centre have on-site halls of residence. Dorm rooms (ranging from 240-350 EUR per month) are furnished, some are equipped with a sink, and all have access to kitchen and sanitary facilities, telephone, and Internet. From the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, the city of Stuttgart can be reached by suburban railway within 10 minutes. If you are under 30 years old and want to apply for a room in one of the student dormitories, please contact the student service:

Studentenwerk Stuttgart
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 70
Fax: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 50
E-mail: wohnen.sws@t-online.de
Internet: http://www.sws-internet.de
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