The Global Studies Programme (GSP) is a research oriented graduate programme that focuses on twenty-first century globalization and alternative futures. Within this framework the programme emphasizes different regional and theoretical perspectives on globalization, especially from the global South, which aim at sustainability and equality in a postcolonial world. The main idea is to conduct research on “Twenty-first century globalization and alternative futures”. It is conducted jointly by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires). Currently, students also take courses at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

The Master programme comprises two years of studies on three continents. Students learn to approach the world and globalization from various regional perspectives by engaging in research within very different academic and cultural environments. The multicultural experience of the programme is enhanced by the multicultural composition of the group of students who are from all over the world. Students begin the programme in mid-April at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They spend the following two semesters on different continents and their final semester writing a Master thesis in Berlin.

The PhD programme offers joint supervision by two supervisors from two different world regions, who are engaged in research on the same topic. The student participates in this research concerning the main idea of the programme.

Facts - MA Programme

Degree offeredMaster in Global Studies
Participating institutionsHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin (one of the ten German “universities of excellence”)
FLACSO Argentina (the top social science network in Latin America)
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (the top Indian social science university)
Chulalongkorn University (one of Southeast Asia’s best universities)
CurriculumGlobalization, global governance, cultural change and social theory, methodology (research) plus practical experience

The Master programme begins in the summer semester at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (the summer semester typically begins in April, but check the university website for the exact dates). Students spend the second and third semesters abroad, and return to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the final semester.

Language of instructionEnglish (optional local language courses)
Admission requirementsBA in social sciences, good mastery of English
Application deadlineThe application period is typically December - January. Check the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin website for the exact dates.
CostsTuition fees range between 100-1200 Euro per semester depending on location, flights, living costs (150-700 Euro per month depending on location)
ScholarshipsLimited financial assistance is available


Fees vary between 100-1200 EUR (or more) depending on the location. Most students pay approximately 2000 EUR in total fees throughout the course of the program.

1st Semester (Berlin)
Flight: 300-800€
Living costs: 600-800€ per month

2nd Semester (Buenos Aires)
Flight: 800-1100€
Living costs: around 600€ per month
Tuition: 850€
3rd Semester (New Delhi)
Flight: 400-700€
Living costs: around 400€ per month
Tuition: 700€
3rd Semester (Bangkok)
Flight: 500-800€
Living costs: around 600€ per month
Tuition: 800€

4th Semester (Berlin)
Flight: 300-800€
Living costs: 600-800€ per month