International Students and Scholars

Dear international students, a warm welcome to the Department of Political Science at Jena University! 

For your orientation in terms of class selection, a few general remarks beforehand:

  1. At our department, class topics change from semester to semester. Please inform yourself about the classes offered in the semester you intend to come to our University.
  2. We have now decided to offer at least six clases per semester in English (worth 30 ECTS) where German and international students join in an international classroom. Below please find a list of the English-language classes offered in the last years.
  3. International students are admitted to B.A. and M.A. level classes irrespective of their own current status (some classes are anyway designed for both grades). The paper requirements will be adjusted accordingly to suit your skills. Assignments can be done in english language.
  4. You can participate in every lecture at will but please sign in for the seminars (due to limited space).
  5. The seminar leaders are advised to admit foreign students even if classes are nominally full. If you have any questions, just contact the teacher per mail or in office hours.
  6. Of course, you are very much invited also to attend German-language classes, given sufficient language proficiency. Exams and papers can be written in English in many Geman-language classes, provided this is arranged with the seminar leader beforehand.
  7. Feel free to contact the deparment’s ERASMUS-coordinator if you have any questions.

English-language classes of the current Summer Term 2022

(Each course will be credited with 5 ECTS points)

B.A. classes

M.A. classes


English-language classes in the last years

Term Classes
Winter Term 2019/20
Winter Term 2018/19
Summer Term 2018

Winter Term 2017/18

Summer Term 2017

Winter Term 2016/17

Summer Term 2016

Winter Term 2015/16

  • Introduction to the German Political System (Nils Fröhlich, B.A. seminar)
  • World Model United Nations (Patrick Rosenow, M.A. seminar)
  • Liberalism in the early American Republic (1776-1828) (Matthias Enders, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Law and Politics (Philipp Ebert, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Preventing Violent Conflict in International Politics (Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, M.A. seminar)
  • Global Video Seminar on EU/Greece Crisis (Chair of International Relations, B.A. and M.A. seminar) 
  • Diversities of Innovation and their Social Basis (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hilpert, M.A. seminar) 
  • Energy transformation and social sciences (Dr. Cornelia Fraune & Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hilpert, M.A. seminar)
  • The Foreign Policy Georgia and the Caucasus (Dr. Kornely Kakchia, M.A. seminar)
  • Peace Operations (Dr. Martin Welz, M.A. seminar)

Term 2015

  • The German Political System  (Prof. Dr. Torsten Oppelland, B.A. seminar)
  • Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Mill - Classics of British Political Thought (M. Enders, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Innovation today. Increasing research diversity (Prof. Dr. Alain-Marc Rieu, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Cyberwar (Matthias Schulze, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Individual and World Politics (Prof. Dr. Rafael Biermann, M.A. seminar)
  • From "English School" to "Postcolonialism": New Approaches in International Relations Theory (Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich, M.A. seminar)

Winter Term

  • Religion and Politics in the USA  (A. Barb, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Progressivism in the United States (M. Enders, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Ideas, Emotions, Identities: Theory of reconciliation applied to Cyprus and Israel/Palestine (C. Rehrmann, M.A. seminar)
  • Membership of Poland in the European Union – Ten years of success, problems or challenges? (M. Duszczyk, M.A. seminar)

Term 2014

Winter Term
Term 2013
  • Political processes in the United States (Prof. Dr. M. Dreyer, B.A. and M.A. level seminar)
  • Federalism and Secession (M. Enders, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Philosophy of Human Rights (N. Fröhlich, B.A. and M.A. seminar)
  • Theory and Practice of International Organizations (Dr. A. Härtel, M.A. seminar)
  • The UN Secretary-General (Prof. Dr. M. Fröhlich, M.A. seminar)