Each year the first-year students of the master’s degree program ‘Studies in European Societies’ go to Germany to participate in a Winter School dedicated to the economical, political and social institutes of German society.
The first part of the School traditionally takes place in Bielefeld – a city that is considered to be one of the most significant centers for sociology. Such distinguished scientists as Niklas Luhmann and Norbert Elias were working here. The office of the key partner of our program, the Centre for German and European Studies, is also located in Bielefeld. Here, intensive German language courses are provided for students as well as a rich program, which includes introduction to Bielefeld University campus and visits to different local organizations. The latter iclude Dr. Oetker, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
The location of the second part of the School varies from year to year. For example, in 2014 and 2015 the students went to Berlin, to get acquainted with different aspects of the political, social, historical and cultural city life. Since 2016 the second part of the School is located at the European Academy in Otzenhausen, where students get a chance to discuss political, economic, cultural, and social transformations of modern Europe with leading scientists and world experts. Moreover, guided tours to the most important organizations of the European Union and the Council of Europe together with trips to Luxembourg and Strasbourg are also included in the program.