Julten Abdelhalim

Julten is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Asian and African Studies in Humboldt University, Berlin. She obtained her Ph.D in political science from Heidelberg University (Germany). Before that she had studied at the universities of Cairo (Egypt), Freiburg (Germany), KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) and Jawaharlal Nehru (India). Her Ph.D thesis has been transformed into a book, titled “Indian Muslims and Citizenship: Spaces for jihād in everyday life” (London: Routledge, 2015). Her research interests include revivalist Islamic movements and gender issues, citizenship studies, and youth in India and the Arab World.

Having studied in Egypt, GSP offered me a unique opportunity to complete my studies in places which would have been impossible for me otherwise. The versatile background of both the academic staff and students made GSP a true experience on all grounds. GSP offered an academic and physical chance to escape the Eurocentric trap of studying Social Sciences in Europe. As a GSP student, one actually lived the global processes under study and was an integral part of an academic platform of self-expression.

Andreza de Souza Santos

Andreza is the Departmental Lecturer in the Latin American Centre and a fellow at St. Antony’s college, University of Oxford. In the Latin American Centre, she is also the Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme. Her work focuses on urban ethnography, incorporating themes of cultural heritage, housing, infrastructure, participatory city planning, social memory, and migration. Andreza’s forthcoming monograph: “The Politics of Urban Cultural Heritage: Contestations and Participation in Brazil”, by Rowman & Littlefield International (2019) discusses the limits of participatory politics in Brazil.

I have no doubt that having studied in Germany, India and South Africa as part of the GSP programme expanded my research interests and analytical tools. I learned by living in different cities and talking to my colleagues coming from all parts of the world just as much as I learned from classes and books. GSP was the beginning of my ethnographic thirst. I recommend the programme because it is academically rich, it opens unexpected career paths and it is a place to make friends for life.

Michael R. Kinville

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and received his Master of Arts as part of the Global Studies Programme at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. After completing his doctor philosophiae at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, Michael has been working as an educational consultant in both the public and private sectors. His research and professional interests include the sociology of education, inequality and new learning.
Participating in the Global Studies Programme exposed me to new and challenging perspectives at several different levels. The theoretical and methodological emphases in the programme’s first semester provided an excellent foundation for experiencing and understanding the novel situations, structures and ideas that were to unfold in the second, third and fourth semesters. Going through this process with 25 equally curious peers from 17 different countries resulted in challenging yet highly enjoyable and worthwhile processes of intra- and interpersonal understanding.

Bruno Magnus Kossman

Magnus has a Bachelor Degree in Social Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Masters from the Global Studies Programme, Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany. He has worked on topics including public health, education and media development in Africa, Latin America and Germany. He is passionate about the use of media for social change and education, including audio-visual, radio and print media. He formed part of the founding team of the Lesotho Film Festival and has been involved in the production of several award-winning documentaries. He currently works as Project Manager for DW Akademie in Ecuador, a project focussed on strengthening the community media sector in the country.
Apart from offering me the opportunity to study at three different universities on three continents, GSP provided me with insight into different ways of viewing the world and academic approaches. To me, the most valuable aspect of GSP was travelling and learning together with, and as a part of a diverse group of students; and having to integrate into local university and social structures together, each person bringing their own background and set of ideas. In terms of intercultural learning as well as understanding and accepting difference, the lessons have proven essential for my future work and personal life.


Andrés Bateman

Andrés is a doctoral student at the Institute for Asian and African Studies in Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany). Before enrolling into the Ph.D he obtained a master’s degree in Global Studies at the Institute for Asian and African Studies in Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany) and a master’s degree in World History at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Spain). His research interests include critical social science, developmentalism and epistemologies from the Global South. Since he graduated as anthropologist from the Andes University, Bogotá (Colombia) in 2008, he works as researcher in different institutions focused on poverty and vulnerability in Colombia, with emphasis on the nation-wide provision of services and goods.

After having studied in Colombia and Spain, GSP offered me a unique opportunity to broaden my perspective on different educational strategies, focuses and interests. The diverse backgrounds of the students and professors promote the academic and the life experience the GSP stimulates. This diversity of backgrounds and locations helps challenging the hegemonic and Eurocentric perspective under which the Social Sciences then to approach to the phenomenon under study. As a GSP master student and a current GSP Ph.D student, I can say that with the program one lives a truly global experience that encourages and promotes critical thinking.

Oluwatobiloba Adeleke 

Oluwatobiloba is a doctoral fellow in the Department of Society and Transformation in Asia and Africa at the Institute of African and Asian Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. Her PhD research focuses on the intersection of class, gender, racial and ethnic inequalities in Nigeria and South Africa. She graduated from the Global Studies Programme in 2017 during which she studied at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. After the GSP programme, she managed a research project on Data Analytics for Good Governance and Efficiency in African institutions. She also has a bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies from Babcock University (Nigeria). Her research interest includes intersectional inequalities, gender and racial injustices, and cultural relativism.

Besides offering me the opportunity to study at three prominent universities across three continents, GSP provided an interdisciplinary background and broadened my understanding of the multidimensional impacts of globalisation on marginalised social groups. Studying abroad provided me with the unique opportunity to carry out empirical research projects on pertinent global social issues, global politics, and cultural change in the twenty-first century in three different countries. Thus, offering a comprehensive approach to issues discussed. Being an interdisciplinary and multicultural master’s programme, you will be able to carve a niche for yourself across diverse relevant and essential global topics. The programme is further structured to prepare GSPians for both high-ranked professional positions and further research in academia. The advantage to study, travel, and experience the social world from a global perspective with a diverse group is a valuable aspect of the programme.   

Adrian Scholz Alvarado

Adrian is a doctoral student at the Social Sciences Department of the Humboldt University in Berlin and holder of a doctoral scholarship granted by the Hans Böckler Foundation. His research focuses on the analysis of social classes, habitus-types and the reproduction of social inequality in Mexico. During his PhD he was enrolled as a guest student at the Investigation Centre for Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico-City. He completed his Master’s Degree in Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and his undergraduate studies in Sociology as well as in Social and Economic History at the Georg August University in Göttingen. During his studies in Jena he was employed as a research assistant within the DFG Research Group: “Landnahme, Acceleration, Activation. Dynamics and (De)stabilisation of modern growth societies.” Adrian’s research interests encompasses the fields of social structure analysis, social inequality research, qualitative social research and Latin American studies.

Azakhiwe Zienna Lawrence

Azakhiwe is a doctoral student at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany). Her Ph.D. research focuses on the intersection of class, gender, race, and othering of Africans within the context of Migration in South Africa and the United States of America. Her research seeks to comprehend the underlying issues inherited from colonialism in the othering of Black African migrants by Black Africans in South Africa and African Americans in the United States of America. Before enrolling into the Ph.D. she obtained an MA in Social Sciences and graduated with Merit from the University of Glasgow (Scotland). She also holds a joint Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the Global Studies Programme at the Institute for Sociology at Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Her research interest includes African migration, intersectional theory, post-colonialism, and cultural relativism.

One of the most valuable aspects of the Global Studies Program at Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg for me was the global and interdisciplinary perspective from which it approaches the study of Social Sciences. This program is unique in that it provides the opportunity to study on three different continents with students from all over the world, which allowed myself and my cohort to learn from the perspectives of our professors and peers in each host university. The wide variety of subjects addressed throughout the duration of the program, the scope of perspectives provided by the diverse academic and national backgrounds of our cohort, and the critical approaches of the GSP faculty to issues of globalization, marginalization, colonialism and contemporary socio-economic injustices all contributed to both my academic and personal growth. In combination with these elements, the research-focused nature of this program also provided myriad learning opportunities and the chance to perform research informed directly by the perspectives of locals in each location of study. I found it particularly inspiring to have the opportunity to partake in dialogues about the global south from the perspective of the global south, rather than through the lens of a strictly European/western perspective.


Jana Kutova

I would like to stress the great benefit of how versatile the program is, I have never thought I would ever get a chance to take a class related to social anthropology (e.g. Visual Research Methods) and realise that the contents of the course can be later used across a variety of disciplines (the same goes for the Social Theories class). I feel like the essence of the program is its flexibility, which is a double-edged sword, it comes down to the extent to which one decides to use it to his/her own benefit.

Timothy Elijah Pope

The multi-disciplinary, multi-regional approach of the Global Studies Programme offers an experience that allows its participants to continue to develop a global awareness and a more in-depth understanding thereof. The Global Studies Programme helps fine-tune the capacity to address, with a voice of advocacy, issues concerning economic inequality, social injustice, racial violence, political instability, conflict resolution, cultural homogenization, and much more. Furthermore, courses such as Theories of Globalization, Introduction to Diplomacy, Case Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, Minorities in World Politics, IdentityCulture and Society, and Globalization and Development not only offer compelling insight relevant to advanced, social, political, economic, and cultural examination but also affords each participant the possibility to design a curriculum that is compatible with their individual disciplinary background and interests. The programme's transformative agenda is committed to a critical approach with which to radically rethink and restructure social science research in a global context.

Kerri Selby

The Global Studies Program offers you a unique opportunity to live in different parts of the word and see different challenges and perspectives first hand. This naturally expands your perspective of the world by exposing you to different living conditions, educational systems, people and culture. You will also be a part of a widely international group of people who can become your family away from home.

Eliana Densow

The Global Studies Program is unique because it embodies so much of what academia should be. Here were 32 students from all around the world forced (I use this term lightly) to live and study in three countries with nothing more than each other. The different locations took everyone out of the comfort of their “home”. We only had each other. In the classroom we would learn and discuss new ideas, theories and concepts, but these conversations did not end there. We continued these discussions over family dinners, happy hour cocktails and beer/wine rooftop nights. We were constantly discussing and debating real life issues and topics that actively affect the world we all live in. We never lost sight of the opportunities presented to us in those moments. When will there ever be a time where like-minded students would have the opportunity to sit and discuss, in an educated manner, real life topics affected everyone around the world? Never again. This is what makes GSP different. For those two years; these people become your foundation, your soundboard, your team. They help you learn, grow, achieve more and succeed. GSP is more than a Masters program, it is a program for life; never stop discussing, learning and traveling.

Vasilis Alexiadis

The Global Studies Programme is a Masters you might always struggle to define. Although you will find yourself in various parts of the world in a group setting; attending classes on the 16th floor at the University of Pretoria with students from southern Africa, riding a Tuk-Tuk in Thailand with your fellows, or sharing a bus-seat in Botswana with a rich-smelling goat, the Programme is about what you, individually, will make it to be. Τhus, being a part of it comes with the responsibility to give it the academic focus of your liking from the extensive variety of disciplines that it offers. In any case, the perspectives in those disciplines, and your own understanding of the world around you will be challenged if you keep an open eye and an open ear. In the end, the experience will be life-enriching and unique to the degree where a "post-GSP depression" will be inevitable.

Amir Noorbakhsh 

GSP offers students the opportunity to integrate academically, culturally, and professionally within three diverse universities and countries. The first semester significantly prepares students through rigorous coursework that explores the social theories surrounding global understanding. In the second and third semesters, students are immersed in different cultures, as they explore the regional social, cultural, and economic impacts on globalization and development.GSP is not only academic but a lifestyle. Students are provided an opportunity to connect with various places, which enables them to learn from the rich and diverse backgrounds of every GSP student, fellow university classmates, professors, and individuals we interact within the countries abroad, leading to an everlasting network. The best part about the program is that it allows students to make the most of their experience in their unique way.

Franki Jenkins 

The Global Studies Programme is thematically so broad, that it can be hard to summarise in a quick conversation. Students have some choices in terms of subjects (which include social theories, regional activism, intergovernmental economic organisations, global inequality, culture, media, and languages) but for all courses, students are free to choose their own writing topics, meaning one area of interest can be very well developed in the three universities attended.  I think this is the most valuable aspect of GSP: you have the opportunity to explore an interest, such as environmental policy or education, via many avenues, getting feedback from diverse professors in diverse settings, supplementing one university department’s “ideology” and modus operandi with other ways of seeing and doing. Having international classmates from all walks of life with whom one lives for at least a year and half, further shapes one's thinking in ways unimaginable. 


Nora Kertesz 

GSP is certainly not your average Master’s programme, and as such it has both its advantages and disadvantages, however, if you are open to a challenge and understand knowledge and learning to come from both within and beyond a classroom setting, you will leave with way more than a piece of paper at the end of it. The possibility to travel the world and experience life and higher education in the most varied of settings will most certainly provide you with ample opportunity for personal growth and development. At the same time, taking courses such as ‘Globalization and Development’ or ‘Identity, Culture and Society’ at the University of Pretoria will force you to reconsider academic concepts that may seem familiar from a wholly new perspective, introducing you to new thinkers and challenging Western/Eurocentric personal biases along the way. And as a great cherry on top, the people you meet and friends you make through the programme and at the partner universities become your study buddies, travel companions, sous-chefs and crutches, as you extend seminar discussions late into the night in your garden, with a cup of tea or bottle of beer under the starry Pretoria sky.