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BA European Cultures and Society (EUCS) BA European Cultures and Society (EUCS)

Europa-Universität Flensburg • Flensburg

Degree
Bachelor of Arts in European Cultures and Society
Course location
Flensburg
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held in English (100%).

Programme duration
6 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
The winter semester starts on 1 September.
Application deadline

Non-EU applicants: 1 December to 31 January

EU applicants: 15 May to 15 July
This application period is also valid for non-EU applicants if there are still free places for them (please ask beforehand).

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

The three-year Bachelor's programme is offered at the Campus of the Europa-Universität Flensburg.
This Bachelor's programme is an interdisciplinary studies programme focusing on the cultural and social sciences of Europe. Empirical research methods as well as hermeneutic methods and critical thinking enable students to work in interdisciplinary settings.
One of the particular features throughout this programme is its project-based application of scientific knowledge in the fields of research, journalism, art and scenography, or entrepreneurship. This prepares students for dealing with the practical challenges of their future careers.
As an international BA, with all classes taught in English, the programme requires the completion of one semester abroad.

Course organisation

EUCS follows a modular structure, which makes it more adaptable to students' needs and preferences than other Bachelor's programmes. Therefore, the structure presented below is flexible.

Introduction phase (first and second semester):
Students are introduced to the main area "Topics and Disciplines" (TD): How is Europe conceived and discussed in cultural studies and in social sciences? In the area "Doing Europe" (DE), they are introduced to scientific methodology as well as to the practical fields of research, journalism, art and scenography, or entrepreneurship, in which students might apply for practical training and jobs later on.

Subjects TD:

  • Society and Economy (TD1 - Mandatory)
  • Art and Media (TD2 - Mandatory)
  • Philosophy and Politics (TD3 - Mandatory)
  • Culture and Education (TD4 - Mandatory)
  • European Law (TD5 - Mandatory)

Subjects DE:

  • Academic Skills and (Inter)Disciplinary Concepts / Methods (DE1 - Mandatory)
  • Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning (DE2 - Mandatory)
  • Research Methods (DE3 - Mandatory)

Development phase (Third and fourth semester):
Students need to choose one of two focus topics in the third semester: either European Cultures or European Society. From then on, students must select ten modules within their chosen focus topic and four modules from the other focus topic. Within the chosen focus, students deepen their scientific knowledge in the field of TD as well as their practical abilities in the field of DE by doing selected projects in one of the fields of research, journalism, art and scenography, or entrepreneurship.

Subjects TD:

  • Cultural and Social Geography of Europe (TD CS1 - Mandatory) - common subject to both fields of focus

Subjects TD European Cultures:

  • Art in Europe (TD C1 - Optional)
  • Scenography of Europe: Science and Media (TD C2 - Elective)
  • Transnational Perspectives on European Cultures (TD C3 - Elective)
  • Transformations of Religion (TD C4 - Elective)
  • In-depth Culture (TD C5 - Elective)

Subjects TD European Society:

  • Comparing European Economies and Societies (TD S1 - Elective)
  • Political and Social Philosophy of Europe (TD S2 - Elective)
  • Social Practice and Culture in Europe (TD S3 - Elective)
  • Urban Development in Europe (TD S4 - Elective)
  • In-depth Society (TD S5 - Elective)

Subjects DE:

  • Instruction-based Project (DE4 - Mandatory)
  • Intermediate Research Methods (DE5 - Mandatory)

Deepening phase (Fifth and sixth semester):

  • In the field TD, the chosen focus, "European Cultures" or "European Society", is deepened, namely through the interdisciplinary approach to current problems and debates related to European cultures or society.

Subjects TD European Cultures:

  • Science as Culture (TD C6 - Elective)
  • Europe as Education Space (TD C7 - Elective)
  • Languages in Europe (TD C8 - Elective)
  • Institutions of Art (TD C9 - Elective)
  • Current Topics and Debates in Culture (TD C10 - Elective)

Subjects TD European Society:

  • Sustainability and Political Ecology in Europe (TD S6 - Elective)
  • European Borders and Migration (TD S7 - Elective)
  • European Economy (TD S8 - Elective)
  • Normative Challenges and Ethical Questions (TD S9 - Elective)
  • Current Topics and Debates in Society (TD S10 - Elective)

Subjects DE:

  • Autonomous project (DE6 - Mandatory)

The sixth semester is dedicated to writing the Bachelor's thesis. Students prepare a conference for presenting their results in a colloquium.

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Types of assessment

Students are assessed in the varied ways, so as to allow for a better understanding of several professional skills. Among the assessment types are the following: essays, papers, presentations, written and oral exams, projects, reports and other assignments.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The programme requires the completion of one semester abroad.
The fourth and fifth semester are organised in a way that makes it easier for students to choose to complete their semester abroad during this period of time. To make the integration abroad smoother, students are encouraged to take part in the language courses offered by the Language Centre of the Europa-Universität Flensburg free of charge.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
100 EUR per semester (includes a bus ticket for the city of Flensburg)
There is a one-time fee of 25 EUR for initial matriculation.
Costs of living
Approximate monthly costs:
Room: 200-285 EUR
Food: 250-300 EUR
Health Insurance: 92 EUR
Miscellaneous: 50-150 EUR

Total monthly costs 592-827 EUR depending on lifestyle

Initial costs:
Transport Hamburg-Flensburg: 30 EUR
Accommodation deposit (will be refunded): 300 EUR
Telephone card: 30 EUR
Basics (bed linen, cutlery/china, toiletries): 50 EUR

Additional costs may incur for:
Travelling within Germany & leisure activities (sports, etc.)
Books and other materials
Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic Admission Requirements

A high school background considered equivalent to the German Abitur is required.
More information can be found here or here.

Language requirements

International applicants need to prove their knowledge of English - minimum level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This can be proven by a school-leaving qualification from an English-speaking school qualifying for university entrance or by obtaining one of the following certificates:

  • FCE (First Certificate in English): grade A, B
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): grade A, B, C
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade A, B, C
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): band score 6.5 or superior
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
    • Internet-based testing: min. 90 points (from max. 120)

National applicants may also prove their knowledge of the English language by showing an average grade of at least 10 points in the subject English during the German "gymnasiale Oberstufe", with English being continued up until the point that the high school diploma has been awarded (average value of the last four semesters).

For all applicants: The certificate proving your English knowledge must not have been obtained longer than two years prior to the start of the study programme.

Application deadline

Non-EU applicants: 1 December to 31 January

EU applicants: 15 May to 15 July
This application period is also valid for non-EU applicants if there are still free places for them (please ask beforehand).

Submit application to

Europa-Universität Flensburg
Zulassungsstelle
Auf dem Campus 1
24943 Flensburg
Germany

More information on the application procedure can be found here.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students may work as language tutors, student assistants, at the university library, or in similar positions.
There is also the possibility to find a student job in the city of Flensburg in the several companies and services available.

Accommodation

There are five dormitories around campus and the city where accommodation can be found. More information and application for admission can be found here. The application must be sent directly to the Housing Department of Student Services ("Studentenwerk").

However, most students prefer to live in shared apartments in the city centre. There are many opportunities to find a room in one of these shared apartments online, in newspapers, and in several advertisements spread around campus.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service

Europa-Universität Flensburg

Situated in the German-Danish border region, Germany's northernmost university is a young university. Founded in 1946 by the British, it was awarded university status in 2000. Since 2014, it has been known as "Europa-Universität". With around 5,700 students, it is a comparatively small university. The main study programmes focus on educational science and international management as well as on environmental sciences/sustainable development and interdisciplinary European studies.

The location in the border region is ideal for a university with a mission to live the European dream of intercultural encounters and explore its reality. For 25 years, Europa-Universität Flensburg and Danish Syddansk Universitet have been working closely together. Their double degree courses in economics offer students the opportunity to obtain degrees from both universities simultaneously.

The region is characterised by beaches, wind, and the sea. Situated directly on the fjord, with its impressive old buildings, low rent, a lively cultural scene, and close proximity to Scandinavia, Flensburg offers excellent living and studying conditions.

30% International students at EUCS

University Location

The city of Flensburg is characterised by its waterside location and by the immediate proximity of its neighbouring country, Denmark. Located at the northernmost point in Germany, the city of Flensburg is the gateway to Scandinavia. It is only a few miles drive to the Danish border; the Kingdom of Denmark is located even closer to Flensburg than Husum or Kiel, and it can actually be seen from the beach at Wassersleben.
The campus is located about two kilometres from the city centre. Approximately one in ten residents of Flensburg is enrolled at Europa-Universität Flensburg or at the University of Applied Sciences. This is particularly noticeable during the summer months, when there is a lively atmosphere in this university town. As soon as the cold days are over and the last lectures have ended, students meet at the beach or at the place to be on the harbour, the "Hafenspitze".
Whether it's the reflecting water, the sail boats rocking gently in the waves, the sunset, or the fact that there is always someone you know - everyone likes the heart of Flensburg.
Away from the water, Flensburg's historical city centre and its identity, developed over many centuries, is one of the landmarks of the city. Spared attacks in times of war, Art Nouveau style houses and old villas can be found everywhere in the city. Its small streets are home to cafés, numerous courtyards, rum producers, a wide pedestrian zone, harbour pubs, and several beaches.