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Call for applications - GSP class of 2021

The application deadline for the GSP class of 2021 is 30.11.2020 (online application)

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. Since 2001, more than six hundred and fifty 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.

Applicants can be assured that we are closely monitoring the current Coronavirus pandemic and that we have well-established alternatives in the form of online instruction available. You can be assured that these alternatives embrace the special character of GSP. Updates can be found on our website closer to the start of the programme.

The application deadline for the GSP class of 2021 is 30.11.2020 (online application). Please note: the online application portal is only open from 15.09.2020 to 30.11.2020.

The Programme Director of the Global Studies Programme is Dr. Caroline Janz. For further information on the programme and the application requirements please check the GSP-website www.global-studies.com  or send an email to info@global-studies.com.


Please note: there have been some changes to the application requirements and the costs associated with the programme.

Please check our website to stay updated.