Internationality is an important cornerstone in teaching and research.
We want to strengthen our students’ international competence and make it possible for them to study in diverse cultural contexts. The International Office provides advice for students who want to spend a semester outside of Europe. In addition, our institute cooperates with universities Shanghai and Hong Kong as well as our partner institutes from the ERASMUS-Program. Another international link is the International Seminar in Economic Geography (ISEG), which is held by renowned researchers who teach a weeklong seminar in English each semester.
We understand internationality in research as a chance to put our research findings up for international debate, while gaining vital impulses for further research through close ties with our internationally renowned colleagues. This is imperative for keeping track of the cutting edge of research. For this reason we publish in leading journals, e.g. Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Economic Geography, and present our findings of our research projects at international conferences like the European Regional Science Association or the International Geographical Union. Furthermore we are, at the moment, conducting research projects together with foreign colleagues from Shanghai, Los Angeles and Istanbul.
Semester abroad in Shanghai or Hong Kong
Students in economic geography have the option to spend a semester abroad at our research partner's institutes at the East China Normal Univerity or the Hong Kong Baptist University. If you are interested contact Kerstin J. Schäfer. The deadline is the 15th of december.
ERASMUS Exchange Programme
Within the scope of the ERASMUS Exchange Programme we can offer you a place at one of the following universities:
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We recommend that you participate in the Erasmus Programme in your fifth semester. If you decide to spend two semesters abroad or chose another point of time for the exchange programme, it will probably take you some more time to finish your degree. In principle, students of Cultural Geography may apply for the partner institutes of Economic Geography. Available places will be distributed one year ahead, by the end of the winter semester. Therefore, please obtain information about the partner universities in time and take the opportunity to get speak with other students who already spent one semester abroad. We organise an information event, normally in early December, in order to inform you about Erasmus and the application process. The event is announced on our website. For questions regarding the partner institutes of Cultural Geography, please contact Berit Böckel.
We recommend that Bachelor students participate in the Erasmus Programme in their fifth semester. Master students should use their third semester for the exchange programme. If you decide to spend two semesters abroad or chose another point of time for the exchange programme, it will probably take you some more time to finish your degree. In principle, students of Economic Geography may apply for the partner institutes of Cultural Geography. Available places will be distributed one year ahead, by the end of the winter semester. Therefore, please obtain information about the partner universities in time and take the opportunity to get speak with other students who already spent one semester abroad. We organise an information event, normally in early December, in order to inform you about Erasmus and the application process. The event is announced on our website. For questions regarding the partner institutes of Economic Geography, please contact Kerstin J. Schäfer.
Participants of the Erasmus Programme may receive financial support in various ways – for example, they do usually not pay any tuition fees at the partner universities and receive monthly benefits. Further information can be obtained from the International Office.
- A visit of the University of Bristol and the University of Wales makes the most sense for students in their fifth or seventh semester, respectively. The stay in Bristol and Wales is from the 01.10. until the 30.06. of the following year.
- The stay at the Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidad Complutense Madrid can be recommended to students who wish to write their thesis about regional economical developments in the EU. During their visit to the Universidade de Lisboa (about seven months from the 01.10.) students should visit lectures and seminars, while making preparations (research, surveys...) for writing their thesis.
- The study stay at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration is one semester (approx. 01.10. - 28.02.). Participation is mainly recommended for students interested in economic questions regarding Eastern Europe or quantitative methods, computing and GIS.
- All participants at the Partner Universities are supervised by Professors with which the Department of Economic and Cultural Geography has had close ties for many years.