European Summer Institute (ESI)

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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.

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 which 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.



Rutgers students will have an opportunity to take two courses (6 credits) at the ICDD, taught by professors from the University of Kassel and Rutgers University:

  • Dr. Frauke Banse: Foreign Economic Policy  Making in the European Union (includes study at the EU in 
  • Dr. Floris Biskamp: The Crisis of the European Union
  • Dr. Eleonor Faur: Gender Inequality and Public Policy in Latin America
  • Dr. Christoph Scherrer: The Political Economy of Germany and its Implications for Europe and the World
  • Dr. Gulbahor Saraeva: The Political Economy of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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.


Students will have an opportunity to participate in study trips and excursions:

  • Brussels, Belgium (5 days) where they will study at the offices of the European Commission, European Parliament, European Trade Union 
    Confederation and others;
  • Berlin, Germany (2 days) with study at the Federal  Ministry of Development Cooperation and visits  to the Holocaust Museum and Museum Island;
  • Visit with Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees and German students to the Islamic Centre of 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 2018 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 2017, 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.


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