The Global Studies Programme, initiated in 2001, is a two-year master’s degree programme. The main objective of the programme is to study various cultures and regions within the social sciences, focusing on the Global South. The Global Studies Programme is conducted jointly by the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India), FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok).
Within the GSP students learn to approach the world and globalization from various regional perspectives and disciplines, comprising sociology, political sciences, anthropology and cultural geography. The programme’s global and multicultural experience is enhanced by the diversity of its students who study at different places around the world together. Each group comprises students from all parts of the world.
The programme received many high-ranking awards including the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning (2004) and the Top Ten International Master’s Programme title by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (2006). In 2011 these successes were confirmed again with the reaccreditation of the GSP in Germany for five more years. Since 2001, more than 300 students from over sixty countries on all the continents have participated in the programme.
From mid-April the programme begins every year with the summer semester in Freiburg. In their second semester, students can choose between FLACSO Argentina in Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Cape Town University (South Africa), while for their third semester students have the choice between Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (India) or Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (Thailand). In the fourth semester, students return to Freiburg for their MA thesis and final examination.
The application deadline for the GSP class of 2015 is 30.11.2014.