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*Please note: All interested students should apply on the Center for Global Education website by March 1, 2018:


The European Summer Institute (ESI) is a joint educational venture between the MA Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies, Rutgers University, and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel, Germany.

  • Earn 6-9 credits of graduate level coursework, delivered by recognized experts in global politics, global finance and trade, and EU political and fiscal policy, as well as from experienced professionals from the UN and other intergovernmental and international development organizations. 
  • Visit the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, as well as sites of political and historical memory in Germany.
  • Take German and live with a local family, while taking classes on the University of Kassel campus with peers from Rutgers and abroad.

Your Host City: Kassel, Germany

Kassel is a lively city of about 200,000 inhabitants in the state of Hessen in central Germany.  It is a city that constantly shapes urban culture and art, and owes much of its fame to the legacy of the Brothers Grimm.  Kassel has one of Europe's most palatial patio nurseries, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is easily accessible from all major cities of Germany.



The European Summer Institute program is open to M.A. students in the department of Political Science, as well as to undergraduate political science majors who plan to enroll in the accelerated MA track.

Below is a list of tentative course offerings for the Summer 2017 program.  Courses will be taught by a combination of U.Kassel faculty, guest lecturers and professionals, and Rutgers faculty.  All students are encouraged to enroll in the "Origins of Radicalism" course, taught by Dr. Eric Davis of the Rutgers Political Science department.

  • International Trade Negotiations
  • The Political Economy of India
  • The Crisis of Representation & the Rise of Populism in the European Union
  • Business and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges (includes excursion to Geneva, Switzerland)

Syllabi for each course will be made available to students during the spring semester.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts, please visit the Academics section of the Center for Global Education website.


The program features unique excursions designed to expose students to topics covered in the course beyond the classroom and university campus.  Past excursions have included

  • A visit to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
  • A dinner with members of a refugee community in Kassel

Accommodations and Meals

Students will be housed with German homestay families in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Kassel's campus.  Meals will be provided as part of the homestay.

Financial Information

Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the fall semester.

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2016, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website. 

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.


Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.


ESI 2017 brochure

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