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MA Global Studies Programme

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee


Application fee

International 75 EUR
National 75 EUR
Department for Global Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)5
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
GRE (avg)324
GMAT (avg)560

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About this course

The Global Studies Programme (GSP) is a research oriented graduate programme that focuses on twenty-first century globalization and alternative futures. Within this framework the programme emphasizes different regional and theoretical perspectives on globalization, especially from the global South, which aim at sustainability and equality in a postcolonial world. The main idea is to conduct research on “Twenty-first century globalization and alternative futures”. It is conducted jointly by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), the University of Pretoria and FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires).

The Master programme comprises two years of studies on three continents. Students learn to approach the world and globalization from various regional perspectives by engaging in research within very different academic and cultural environments. The multicultural experience of the programme is enhanced by the multicultural composition of the group of students who are from all over the world. Students begin the programme in mid-April at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They spend the following two semesters on different continents and their final semester writing a Master thesis in Berlin.

The PhD programme offers joint supervision by two supervisors from two different world regions, who are engaged in research on the same topic. The student participates in this research concerning the main idea of the programme.

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Eligibility Criteria

Evidence of the English language skills required (level B2) should be submitted in one of the following four formats. Although this evidence is only requested upon matriculation, for your own protection, you should make sure it is available when applying:

  • School certificates: Performance level averaging at least 5 points over the last four semesters of the university admission qualification (Abitur) (qualification stage) on the English advanced courseor 
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (B-C) or 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Certificate (min. 5.0) or 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, www.ets.org/toefl/): internet-based test with min. 87 points, paper-based test with min. 560 points or
  • UNIcert® II-Zertifikat: 3,0.

It is absolutely vital for Bachelor students to have a good command of German language if studies at Humboldt are to be successful. Most of the courses for the undergraduate students are taught in German! Don't be afraid, even if the course is held in German, students may take the exam in English.

During the application procedure, students have to take an online language test (called "C-Test").This test is the only German certificate accepted. It may not be substituted by any other certificate!

  • Minimum Score: 61 points (out of 100), equivalent to B1-level in the CEFR
  • Applicants who scored 50-60 points will be required to take an intensive German language course before the term starts (e.g. Intensive Language course at HU).
  • If the student does not achieve at least ≥ 61 points afterwards, there is no opportunity to be enrolled at HU.

In certain cases (please contact us - only possible with special permit!) we can deviate from the strict German language requirement. We offer about 5-10 courses in English for Bachelor students, which limits the choice of courses dramatically!

Please note that this is an exceptional rule that does not apply automatically. You will be only able to use this option if you are advanced in your studies and if we agreed on a special case permit prior to your application.

So, especially if students are required to do a certain amount of credits, this may force them to take Master-level courses. These will obviously be more demanding.

For Bachelor students who have the permission to take English classes only, the same language requirements as for Master students apply (see below). Furthermore, a confirmation of your home coordinator that you are allowed to follow master coures is needed!

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Course Modules

Semester 1: Berlin

  • Module 1:Introduction: Theories of Globalization, 4 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 2: Two Electives, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 3: Modern social theories 1, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 4: Methods, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS

Semester 2: Buenos Aires or Pretoria

  • Module 5: Global Public Spheres, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 6: Electives, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 7: Modern social theories 2, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 8: Empirical Research Project 1, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS

Semester 3: Bangkok or Delhi

  • Module 9: Modernization and Development, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 10: Electives, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 11: Modern social theories 3, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS
  • Module 12: Empirical Research Project 2, 2 hrs, 7 ECTS

Any Place

  • Module 13: Professional qualifications; Internship and other qualifications (language, IT etc.)

Semester 4: Berlin/Partner

  • 14: Final semester Colloquium, 2 hrs, 3 ECTS
  • Master’s thesis, 25 ECTS

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How to Apply

The printed and signed application form, including all the necessary documents in paper form (as
officially authenticated copies), must be received by UNI-ASSIST by the deadline set for the course

1. Please note that an application cannot be considered unless UNI-ASSIST has received
all the required documentation within the prescribed period.

The following documents must be attached to an application:

  • authenticated copies of educational certificates obtained so far, including the secondary schoolleaving certificate together with marks received and, if applicable, university entrance examinationdocumentation, evidence of study areas and grades obtained in previous studies, or graduationcertificate;
  • enrolment certificate, if you are a student at another German or European higher education institution at the time you apply for a place at Humboldt, or certificate of exmatriculation (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung) specifying the areas of study if you have previously studied at another higher education institution in Germany, EU, Iceland, Norway,Liechtenstein or Switzerland;
  • evidence of German language skills (see point 2);
  • German translations of all certificates (exception: documents in English);
  • CV starting with the beginning of school education up till now;
  • a current passport-sized photo;
  • the UNI-ASSIST receipt (proof of fees paid);
  • a photocopy of your passport (authentication is not required).

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