Admission

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The majority of applicants must be from the partner countries, but a small number of students from Germanyand other European countries may also be admitted. You need to have an outstanding academic record and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Politics, or a related social science. Applicants should possess excellent analytical skills, as well as a strong interest in an internationally-oriented career. Finally, you have to present proof of English language proficiency, since all work during the program will be done in English.
In general, the GP Seasonal Schools are directed towards Bachelor graduates and Master students. It is important to note, that for the GP Summer School China PhD students will definitely not be admitted.

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We encourage you to apply using our online application software.
In your application, you must include a mission statement, an updated copy of your CV, a proof of your English language proficiency and university transcripts as well as diplomas from previous degrees.

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The mission statement is an essay of up to one page that outlines the following two points: your motivation in taking part in the program, and why this program is relevant for your academic and professional future. Academic papers and research proposals will not be accepted as mission statements.

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In order to participate in a Global Politics Seasonal School you need to show evidence of your proficiency in English. This means you have to be able to prove that your English skills are at C1 level or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If possible, please attach language certificates which make it easier for us to evaluate your language skills.

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Letters of recommendation are not necessary, but if you would like to add them to your application, you are welcome to do so. Our application software includes a section where you can upload letters of recommendation.

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No.  Paper applications are not necessary. The online application is sufficient and also encouraged by the program.

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Study Program

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The instructors for the GP Seasonal Schools are German scholars as well as instructors from the partner countries with a background in International Relations and Economics. They are specialists in their fields and bring a wide range of expertise to the program.

The summer school covers a lot of material over just two weeks, so participants will be expected to devote quite a bit of time to the program. Students will have around 50 contact hours for classes, both online and face-to-face. Participants should also complete all the readings before class and be ready to discuss and analyze the subject matter in a meaningful way. Additionally, each participant is responsible for doing an online task, making a presentation, writing a paper, and taking the minutes of a lesson over the course of the two weeks. However, tutors do their best to make sure that the work material is interesting and engaging. In combination with our extracurricular program, this means that although the GP Seasonal School students work hard, they also enjoy themselves!

Online instruction is part of our goal to incorporate new learning methods into the curriculum of the GP Seasonal Schools. Prior to the start of the Seasonal School, the courses will be introduced online through the learning management system Blackboard. Participants can then access reading and syllabi provided by the instructors. This gives the students additional time to prepare and to get to know their tutors before the start of the program. Moreover, participants will be given one or two little tasks to be fulfilled before the Seasonal School starts. Two weeks is a very short time and the online component significantly extends this learning period.

All students will receive the readings circa two weeks in advance. You will be able to access the readings at any time through the online learning management system Blackboard.

About two weeks before the Seasonal School begins, all participants will get a personal user account and password.

Presentations should introduce the topic of the session to the other students and also include questions for discussion afterwards and a list of references on the last slide. In general, presentations are based on the readings for each session, but should be extended through additional research, case studies, current news, etc. The presentations are given in groups of 1 to 3 students, so teamwork can but does not have to be an important component. The entire student group can expect to speak for up to 15 minutes and include a maximum of 10 slides in a power point or equivalent presentation format. A projector will be provided so that all participants can see the information.

Students will be asked to make a first and second choice for their presentation topic. You will then be divided into groups of up to three people and will receive the contact details of your fellow group members.

The paper should be about 1000 to 1500 words in length and must include footnotes and a bibliography with a minimum of five titles (books, articles, websites, etc.; only accredited sources). The paper must be based on a clearly defined research question or hypothesis with reference to a particular body of literature or a particular theory. You may also compare the explanatory power of alternative theories with respect to your research question. The subject of the paper should be linked to the content of the module for which you have been assigned; however, it should be written on a topic that differs from your presentation. Students should contact their instructor in order to specify the exact topic/research question of their paper.It is strongly advised to prepare at least a preliminary version of the paper before the seasonal school starts.

Writing minutes is meant to be an exercise in distinguishing between important and unimportant information, a skill crucial in both the academic and business world. During the class for which you have to do the minutes, you should take especially careful notes, focusing more on the discussion than the lecture part. Do not just copy the content of the presentation that was given in class. Summarize the discussion points that follow from the presentation. Please give an accurate but concise account of the course session. This should include a brief outline of what was discussed plus the points of agreement and any open questions. It is also important not to quote your classmates verbatim in the minutes; instead, paraphrase what they have said without mentioning any names. Minutes need to be written out in full (no bullet points).

What is the grading scheme for papers, presentations, and minutes?
All assignments for the respective GP Seasonal Schools are graded according to the following system:

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Points

Grade

100

5

A+

95-99

4.75

A

85-94

4.5

A-

80-84

4.25

B+

75-79

4

B

65-74

3.75

B-

60-64

3.5

C+

55-59

3.25

C

45-54

3

C-

40-44

2.75

D

0-39

2.5

F

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