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FUBiS Multi-City Program: The Making of Europe

Dive into the thrilling history of Europe and its role on the world stage, studying in three of the most exciting cities of Europe! The three combined courses, designed by three excellent European universities, will provide an exciting overview of the history and workings of Europe. Emerge yourself in Europe’s history and culture and visit many of the tangible remains during field trips. The program is hosted by Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS), the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and Utrecht Summer School.

Multi-City: The full six weeks “The Making of Europe” track includes the program in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin. Less time? Choose the four weeks track “The Rise of Modern Europe” (Utrecht, Berlin) or a two weeks stand-alone course “The Long 20th Century” in Berlin. The topics addressed in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin strongly tie into the specific locations, but also focus on the broader European historical developments.


Our course in Berlin: “The Long 20th Century” lays its focus on Europe’s most recent history. Crucial historic events affected Europe in the past century: Two World Wars, the rise and fall of communism and the birth of the European Union. Against this historic background, the course analyzes some of the challenges Europe faces today, such as migration, climate change and democratic deficit. The city of Berlin will be in the spotlight as a city of former crisis with great promises for a better future.


The detailed day-to-day program for all three-city courses is available here.

Interested students can find more information here and register here.

Deadline: July 1 2019

Doctoral Program American History

The "American History" (ProAmHist) doctoral program of the Amerika-Institut at LMU Munich offers graduate students the opportunity to study major issues in the history, culture, media, politics, and society of the United States, Canada and the Americas, including the Caribbean.

While the program aims to overcome the customary division between North and Latin America, it foregrounds the study of the U.S. and Canada experience. It seeks to frame the American continents beyond their colonial and nation-state boundaries by situating them as a region of global interdependencies. Candidates may choose to analyze aspects from the social, cultural, economic and intellectual history of the Americas, as well as foreign and domestic policy issues. They will also be able to concentrate on historically prominent issues such as immigration, multiculturalism, urbanization, ethnology, and gender relations.

ProAmHist is systematically structured and research-oriented, offering candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their individual research results in regular colloquia, student conferences, and workshops with guest professors. The program provides an ideal environment for doctoral candidates. As its 'Class of Culture & History', ProAmHist is part of the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich. It offers access to a network of internationally renowned scholars, support for young scholars, and access to local, national and international resources. Moreover, the program is embedded in LMU’s outstanding institutional and research-driven infrastructure. The doctoral program provides a systematic qualification and an established path for the teaching of future leaders in academia, offering as it does a means of reducing the average length of time needed to complete a doctorate. At the same time it raises the qualitative standards of research and providing an excellent qualification in terms of the job market.

ProAmHist is compatible with the current PhD regulations (Dr. phil.) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. It is designed to accommodate graduate students with national and international BA and MA degrees. The degree program falls under the Faculty of Cultural Studies and the Faculty for Language and Literature (Faculties 12 and 13) of the LMU.

Find out more about the program here.

Deadline: June 3 2019

Joanna PopeLMU Munich
Graduate School Language & Literature: Class of Literature

The Class of Literature, integrated into the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich is one of the most renowned doctoral programs in its field in Germany, and is supported by all faculties involved in literary studies at LMU Munich. The program offers a systematically structured curriculum with an emphasis on academic research, covering new ground both in terms of organisation and of professional specialization.

Find out more about the program here.

Deadline: June 10 2019

Graduate School Language & Literature: Class of Language

LMU Munich’s Graduate School Language & Literature: Class of Language is a systematically structured doctoral program for highly qualified graduates in Linguistics who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in a research-oriented and interdisciplinary environment. Professors from 13 linguistic disciplines represent a broad and inter-related range of theoretical positions, methodological approaches and practical orientation. Doctoral dissertations comprise studies from a general linguistic viewpoint, comparative approaches, the investigation of a specific language (synchronic or historic), as well as studies of texts and discourses with a view to their institutional context, the social significance and impact of their language. Lectures, tutorials, symposia, guest lectures, workshops and doctoral colloquia introduce the research of the professors and doctoral candidates participating in the program as well as that of leading international experts. The program actively cooperates with other universities in the awarding of double degrees. International applications are welcome.

Deadline: June 2 2019

Joanna PopeLMU Munich
International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)

FUBiS is an intensive, academic program of Freie Universität Berlin that allows students to gain first insights into German culture and language while earning credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter. Every year, these academic courses attract about 500 students from over 60 countries, making FUBiS  the largest multidisciplinary summer and winter university in Germany.

Alongside German language courses at five different levels of proficiency, and subdivided into three time blocks (terms), FUBiS offers numerous courses in history, politics, German language and literature studies, architecture and art history. The subject classes focus on Berlin, Germany, and Europe. All courses except for the German language and literature courses are held in English. Most classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty. FUBiS is intended for first-year students as well as for graduates.

Making the most of all that Berlin has to offer, action-packed excursions and study visits are an integral part of all courses.

Click here for a course overview of Term II 2019 and here for a course overview of Term III 2019.

The FUBiS program offers students many choices:

  • Participation in either one semi-intensive German class or in one subject class.

  • Intensive German language classes. These classes meet every weekday and allow students to focus on and thus considerably improve their German skills. 

  • Combination of language and subject classes (Term II/III). This allows students to improve their language skills as well as further their knowledge of a subject matter.

  • Combination of two subject classes (Term II/III) which may count toward a major or minor at the home institution.

You can now register for FUBiS Term II 2019 and FUBiS Term III 2019 by using the FUBiS Online Registration Form. Registration via fax or postal mail is also possible. You will find further information on the registration process by fax or postal mail here

For more information on the registration process please click here.

Munich International Summer University (MISU)

Summer is a great time to be a student at LMU Munich! Every year, more than 950 students from no less than 80 countries make MISU a truly international experience. Benefit from access to renowned professors who will inspire you to broaden your thinking and your goals. Immerse yourself in German through a wide array of Language Courses. Choose a Summer Academy from the entire spectrum of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Gain credit towards your degree. Take advantage of a broad range of services which will help make your stay an enriching and unforgettable experience in Munich – one of Germany’s hubs of history, culture, and outdoor activities.

MISU Summer Academies are demanding courses or short-term research programs that cover the whole gamut of the natural sciences, social sciences, economics, and the humanities. MISU offers programs for all levels of study – for international bachelor’s,master’s and doctoral students, and for young professionals as well. The array of Summer Academies and Partner Programs has been continually expanded over the last years.

MISU German Language Courses are offered for all levels and purposes, with small groups, excellent and committed teachers, intensive instruction, an inspiring environment. Each course lasts for about 4 weeks and is usually offered in August.

To register for MISU, view the course listings online, select your course, and apply directly to the respective German Language Course or Summer Academy. Every course has its own online application procedure, explained in full on its webpage. Please read the course description and schedule carefully before applying, since some courses have additional class meeting times or specific enrollment requirements.

Early application is always advisable as places are limited.

View the full range of programs here.

Joanna PopeLMU Munich
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich is dedicated to academic research on Buddhism in all its manifestations. This interfaculty program is aimed at postgraduates from the fields of cultural studies, religious studies and social sciences. Bringing together the skills and expertise of the participating subjects of Indology, Japanese Studies, Religious Studies, Sinology, and Tibetology, interdepartmental and research-oriented courses, the philological, religious studies and cultural studies expertise of the participating disciplines all play integral roles in this structured degree course. This, together with intensive mentoring and evaluation by a team of supervisors, allows the Doctoral Program in Buddhist studies to create a truly interdisciplinary environment ideal for young international academics.

Learn more about this program here.

Joanna PopeLMU Munich
IRTG 914 - The Graduate Program of SFB914

Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,

  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,

  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and

  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

Learn more

Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Life Science Munich

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

As of 2018, the application to the Graduate School LSM will no longer be annually but rather open all year round!

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich