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Euroculture: Society, politics and culture in a global context is a transdisciplinary, international and inter-university Erasmus Mundus Master's course, and a Programme of Excellence supported by the EU. Euroculture as a concept highlights the many different expressions and manifestations of Europe from both inside and outside. In light of the ongoing transformation of Europe and the enlargement and integration of the EU in a global context, a growing impact and awareness of cultural dispositions, conflicts and exchanges can be observed. The undeniable relevance of values, identity concepts or perceptions calls for sensitive and well-informed professionals in this field. The programme aims to prepare graduates from Europe and non-EU countries for professions and research areas in which knowledge of present-day Europe and European Union institutions is of relevance. Since its foundation in 1999, the focus of the programme has been on cultural and social developments in Europe as well as on norms, values and identity-building processes.
Three faculties at the University of Göttingen as well as eleven partner universities in Europe and the wider world participate in the integrated Euroculture programme. Through the mobility between the partner universities, students gain experience with different languages, perspectives and cultural practices. In addition to a comprehensive knowledge of European matters, students master specific practical competences, such as project management, intercultural communication, as well as preparation of research and of professional project proposals.

Educational organisation

Euroculture in Göttingen comprises four semesters with eleven affiliated universities who cooperate within the Euroculture consortium. Students will spend the first semester in Göttingen (the "home" university) and the second semester at another European partner university (the "host" university). At the end of the second semester, all students and staff members come together for a ten-day intensive programme to present and discuss independent research projects. During the third semester, students either pursue an internship (professional track) or attend additional courses (research track). The internship can be done at various institutions and organisations. The research track can be followed at one of the eight European universities, or in the case of European students, at one of the four non-European partner universities of the consortium. In the fourth semester, the students return either to their home or their host university.

Study abroad unit(s)

The second Euroculture semester must be spent at one of the Euroculture partner universities. The third semester (research track) can be spent either at a European partner university or, in the case of European students, at a non-European partner university. Alternatively, students can do an internship during the third semester at an organisation or institution relevant to Euroculture (professional track).

Internships

Students may choose to do a 18-24 week internship or professional track during the third semester. Due to the transdisciplinary nature of the Euroculture programme, students tend to have varying interests and therefore undertake internships in many different sectors. On our website, you will be provided with a sample list of places where Euroculture students have completed their internships. Depending on the particular emphasis of their studies, students choose either to do an internship or to participate in the research track during the third semester. The research track is offered by the University of Göttingen or the European partner universities (open to all students) as well as by international partner universities in India, Japan, Mexico and the United States (this track is open to our EU students only).

Forms of assessment

A variety of tasks and assessments is used, including papers, presentations, independent research tasks and group projects. Results will be given in the local grading systems of the universities and converted into ECTS. Students are required to earn 30 ECTS credits per semester, which is the equivalent of a study workload of 900 hours per semester.

Course objectives

The Master's programme meets the changing standards of the European job market. It opens up the possibility to prepare for occupational areas which evolve from the intensifying economic and political process of integration. Euroculture provides those wishing to work in a European or international field after completing their studies with ideal qualifications for this area of work. The programme qualifies students for fields of work in which political, historical, intercultural knowledge is necessary.
Because of the ongoing process of European unification, there is a growing need for graduates from universities who stand out due to oral fluency, intercultural competence and interdisciplinary know-how. The Euroculture programme supports and provides these key qualifications by offering an interdisciplinary and international education.

Euroculture graduates are qualified to look for employment in the following areas/organisations:
  • European institutions, non-government organisations and non-profit groups
  • national and international institutions/organisations and projects
  • embassies all over the world
  • immigration
  • institutions of education, research and further education
  • media, journalism, publishing and libraries
  • political parties, foundations and associations
  • design of cities and regions, local and regional cultural institutions
  • cultural management, event management
  • museums and exhibition organisations
  • religious institutes
  • tourism
  • guidance for migrants and foreigners
  • public relations, legal departments and human resources management in international companies

University requirements


Program requirements

Language requirements

If your mother tongue is not English, proof of English skills must be provided:
  • TOEFL paper-based 580 or TOEFL Internet-based 92
  • IELTS minimum overall score 6.5, with no part score (listening, reading, writing, speaking) under 5.5
  • CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1 or Cambridge Proficiency in English: C1
Alternatively, we accept applicants who have studied in an English-speaking country for at least one year, or students who had English as their language of instruction during the whole duration of their Bachelor's studies. Only the CAE, IELTS and TOEFL tests are regarded as valid tests by the Euroculture admission board. Any other English test might not be considered valid and therefore might cause non-admission.

Academic requirements

Candidates must have completed a first-cycle degree (academic BA/BSc degree) with a good grade in a discipline of relevance to Euroculture, e.g. in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences, such as: European Studies, History, Theology, Linguistics, Philology, Literature, Philosophy, International Relations, Political Science, Law, Economics, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology, or in another study course relevant to the Euroculture programme (please contact us if you are interested in studying Euroculture but are not sure whether your educational background is relevant).

The following criteria will be taken into consideration:
  • academic excellence: overall mark and quality of first degree
  • academic potential, based on the time spent on obtaining the first degree and the manner of conducting studies
  • motivation to study the Euroculture programme (including the applicant's expectations)
  • language abilities
  • work experience in related fields
  • experience of having worked or studied abroad
  • personal competencies and extracurricular activities relevant for successful participation in the Euroculture programme, such as the ability to work and learn in an interdisciplinary environment, to carry a heavy workload and to participate in group work
  • academic and, if possible, professional references

For details, please refer to http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/31861.html

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees are included in the overall fee which has to be paid to the Euroculture consortium administration office. In Göttingen, enrolment fees include a semester ticket covering public transport in Lower Saxony and other parts of Germany. They also include access to subsidised university canteens and various other services, such as discounted tickets to cinemas, theatres, etc.

Costs of living

The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books reach approx. 650-700 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.

Job opportunities

The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.
The Euroculture programme in close cooperation with the career service office also supports students in finding relevant internships and jobs upon graduation.

Arrival support

The International Office provides a complimentary pick-up service ("Buddy Exchange Service") from Göttingen railway station to the accommodation. German students help newly arrived students to adapt to the university and the city during their first weeks. There is also an orientation week for new international students, which provides valuable information about Göttingen and the university.

Services and support for international students

The Euroculture programme together with the International Office supports international students in administrative affairs, e.g. enrolment in the university and the foreigners' registration office, finding suitable health insurance, and financial matters; it also helps students to make contact with other institutions. Furthermore, it features a broad cultural programme, e.g. international cultural evenings, language workshops, theatre courses, excursions to various German towns, films, dance classes, and theatre and opera visits. All students enrolled in the Euroculture programme at the University of Göttingen can attend German classes as well as other language classes free of charge during the semester.
All-round supervision regarding all issues of the Euroculture academic programme and everyday life is also provided.
The Euroculture programme has a scheme whereby all new Euroculture students are assigned a buddy who will answer any questions they may have before arrival and who can assist them in settling into life in Göttingen.

Accommodation

Students are required to find their own accommodation for their stay in Göttingen. However, there are a number of organisations that can help with this.
The International Office, in collaboration with the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk"), helps students find adequate accommodation. Many international students live in student residences. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.
Other students choose to live in a "WG" (shared apartment) with German or other international students.
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