European Summer Institute (ESI)

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The European Summer Institute (ESI) is a joint educational venture between the MA Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA), Rutgers University, and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel, Germany. This unique program is open to Rutgers graduate and high achieving undergraduate students from all major looking for international experience. This ESI 2019 video prepared by our colleagues at the University of Kassel will give you a flavor of ESI.

In 2022, the program will run at the University of Kassel in Germany, from May 17 to June 24 and includes home stays, local trips and international study tour to Brussels, if the state of COVID-19 pandemic permits.

Visit ESI 2022 webpage to learn more and apply! 

UNMA Program is holding an Information Session on November 22 at 12:30 pm. Register here and bring your questions so you can make a more informed decision about your summer plans! 

Yasin Bennane (Summer 2019)

"Studying abroad in Germany and Switzerland with the ESI program has equipped me with a stronger understanding of how global politics operates in different contexts. Visiting the historical sites in Kassel and Berlin and UN Headquarters and International Committee of the Red Cross office in Geneva has tremendously complemented my academic studies through being able to witness the dynamic relationship between political theory and the practice of global affairs".

Briana Peters (Summer 2019)

"I’ve done previous Rutgers summer study abroad programs in Japan and France, but I was unsure about staying in Germany for 6 weeks with a host family. However, I quickly became part of the family, got closer to my peers, and even made other international friends thanks to my “host sister” – an international student from China my family was also hosting at the time. After touring a few fantasy-like castles, feeding a swan chips in Geneva, learning about the UN by actually visiting headquarters, and eating some bratwursts along the way, I embraced the ESI experience". 

Hamza Karoumia (Summer 2019)  

"ESI was a phenomenal opportunity for me. I was exposed to new ways of academic thought and perspectives. I met fascinating students from all walks of life, and established connections that will last a lifetime. The excursions were wonderful because we got to interact and question some pivotal world leaders on certain economic policies. Some of the leaders we had the privilege of meeting represented the European Commission, ACP, and other state officials. There was also plenty of time to explore Germany and Europe as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed the ESI".