Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften


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The Global Studies Programme (GSP) is a two-year Master programme. The mission of the programme is to study social sciences in various cultures and regions. It is jointly conducted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires). Each institution is among the best in its region.

Students begin the program in Germany at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They spend the following two semesters on different continents and their final semester writing a Master thesis in Berlin. Students are also encouraged to complete an internship, for example at embassies, NGOs, development agencies and prestigious organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, and the World Bank. Upon completion of the programme, a joint degree is awarded.

Students learn to approach the world and globalization from various regional perspectives and disciplines. The programme focuses on multicentric social theory and politics. The multicultural experience is enhanced by the multicultural composition of the group of students. Each group comprises students from all parts of the world.

In 2014 the structured PhD program "Global and Area Studies" came to life. The doctoral program is run together with a number of international partners, including Chulalongkorn University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, FLACSO Argentina, Università di Bologna and Universidade Federal Fluminense. For more information please visit



MA Facts
Joint degree offered Master of Global Studies
Participating institutions Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
FLACSO Argentina (the top social science network in Latin America)
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (the top Indian social science university)
Chulalongkorn University (one of Southeast Asia’s best universities)
Curriculum Globalization, global governance, cultural change and social theory, methodology (research) plus international internship and colloquium
Semesters The Master programme starts April 10 and ends two years later. The first semester at Humboldt Universität starts on 10 April
Language of instruction English (optional local language courses)
Admission requirements BA in social sciences, good mastery of English
Application deadline

January 15, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Costs Fees (100-800 Euro per semester), flights, living costs (150-700 Euro per month depending on location)
Scholarships Limited financial assistance available


MA Curriculum
Semester/Place Area Globalization Area Global Governance Area Cultural Change Area Methodology ECTS
1 Berlin Module 1:
Theories of Globalization, 4 hrs, 7 ECTS
2: Two electives, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 3: Social theory, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 4: Methodology, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 28
2 South Africa or Buenos Aires 5:
Global Public Spheres, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
Global Economy and Society, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
Culture and Identity, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
Empirical Research Project, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
3 Bangkok or Delhi 9: Modernization and Development, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 10: International Institutions, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 11: Communication, Knowlege and Culture, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS 12:
Sociology of Knowledge, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
Any Place 13: Professional qualifications
Internship and other qualifications (language, IT etc.)
4 Berlin 14: Final semester
Colloquium, 2 hrs, 3 ECTS
Master’s thesis, 25 ECTS


Please feel free to contact the local coordinator Lisa Caviglia by e-mail.