New continuing education master’s degree program: “German and European Business Law”

Freie Universität Berlin expands academic relations with Russia

Sep 18, 2014

Die rechtswissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Freien Universität B
The Law Library of Freie Universität Berlin. Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

In cooperation with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Freie Universität will begin offering a new continuing education master’s degree program titled “German and European Business Law (Private and Public Law)” in Moscow starting in the 2014/2015 winter semester. The one-year program is aimed at Russian university graduates with initial professional experience who wish to earn additional qualifications in German law.

The program is being offered in German. Students who enroll in the program will gain the skills they need to work at Russian and international law firms, government agencies, and companies related to Germany. The program is tuition-based. Funding provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has made it possible to award a substantial number of scholarships to cover tuition during the first year of studies. The admission requirements are a university degree – preferably in law or legal studies – practical professional experience, typically amounting to at least one year, and German language skills at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR ). Applications for the 2014/2015 winter semester must be received by September 30, 2014.

The law classes in this master’s degree program are conducted by university instructors from Freie Universität Berlin and other higher education institutions in German-speaking countries. Language classes are given by MGIMO instructors. The program includes writing a thesis in German and completing an internship with a German employer. The master’s degree is awarded under German law.

The program’s goal is to give students a solid education in the German legal system, with a focus on business-related regulations. Topics include the fundamentals of private and public law, taking the international context – and especially the context of European law – into account. Students gain the ability to work on a comparative law basis and solve international legal problems.

The program is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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