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Record Number of Applicants for International Master’s Programs

Participants from 30 Countries at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 292/2008 from Oct 02, 2008

This academic year there was a record number of applicants for two English-language master’s programs at Freie Universität Berlin – the M.A. in East European Studies and the M.A. in International Relations Online. Twice as many applicants applied as could be accepted into the two programs. The first full-time attendance periods of both programs will begin on Monday in Berlin for 60 students from 30 different countries, including Taiwan, Afghanistan, Australia, Nigeria, Brazil, and the U.S.A. The programs were developed by Professor Klaus Segbers of the Center for Global Politics at Freie Universität.

Under close supervision by international tutors, the graduate students will spend the coming two years studying  the interpretation of global processes from the perspectives of various disciplines. They will attempt to find solutions to issues currently being faced by the world community. Both programs are based on distant learning via the Internet in combination with in-house phases in Berlin. This system was set up to encourage participation by professionals.

The composition of the student body in both programs is diverse. The EES Online program with its interdisciplinary approach to developments in Eastern Europe mainly attracted applicants from private companies in various industries. The International Relations Online program was generally chosen by professionals from political institutions, ministries, or the Foreign Service.

There will be a graduation ceremony for the graduates of the M.A. program East European Studies Online on October 10, at 5:00 p.m., in the Tomasa restaurant in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

For additional information, please contact:

Victoria Muntendorf, Center for Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30-838 55093, Email: