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), the University of Pretoria and FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires).

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 or three semesters on different continents.

The Ph.D. 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 institutions

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,FLACSO Argentina/Buenos Aires, University of Pretoria, Jawaharlal Nehru University/Delhi, Chulalongkorn University/Bangkok 

CurriculumGlobalisation and social theories, research focus and methodologies plus extra curricula. 

The Master programme begins in the summer semester at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (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 350 - 2000 Euro per semester; flights and living costs (500 - 800 Euro per month) (depending on location)
ScholarshipsThe DAAD may provide limited financial assistance. Please contact them directly.


Fees vary between 250 -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
Tuition: ca. €350 (Including inner city transport)

2nd Semester (Buenos Aires)
Flight: 800-1100€
Living costs: around 600€ per month
Tuition: 950€
2nd Semester (Pretoria)
Flight: 700 - 1100€
Living costs: around 500 - 600€ per month
Tuition: 0 - 2000€ 
3rd Semester (New Delhi)
Flight: 400-700€
Living costs: around 400€ per month
Tuition: 650€
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
Tuition: ca. €350 (Including inner city transport)

4th Semester (Abroad)

As above, depending on the chosen destination.