Social Sciences with a Specialisation in Intercultural Relations (BA)

At a glance

Study programme
Social Sciences with a Specialisation in Intercultural Relations (BA)
Department
Social and Cultural Sciences
Specialisations
Migration and Diversity, Work and Interculturality in Organisations, Globalisation and Sustainable Development
Degree
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
6 semesters
Admission Capacity
90
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
Restricted admission based on the numerus clausus (NC) system
Admission Requirements
University entrance qualification, entrance qualification for university of applied sciences
Language of instructions
German
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2-level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent.
Application Deadline
20 August
Specific Features
The programme provides training in the social sciences with a special focus on intercultural relations. International student mobility is promoted by a voluntary period of study abroad in the fourth semester, an eight-week compulsory work placement either in Germany or abroad and a wide range of foreign language courses.

What Is This Programme About?

Immigration, social participation and international mobility have global significance and are also the subject of increasingly intense debate here in Germany, a country of immigration with a culturally diverse society. This has resulted in a growing demand for qualified specialists who have the professional expertise to manage and promote intercultural relations. The interdisciplinary programme is geared towards these needs. It includes the disciplines of sociology, politics, law and communication – each with a special focus on intercultural relations.

Why Choose This Programme?

This programme is aimed at students who

  • would like to have a better understanding of social and political contexts
  • would like to work in an intercultural setting
  • attach importance to socially appropriate communication
  • wish to gain a basic understanding of law
  • would like to develop a critical approach to migration, social participation and interculturality
  • enjoy learning foreign languages
  • have an interest in different cultures
  • are interested in shaping intercultural encounters with skill and creativity.

How is the programme structured?

In the first two semesters, you are provided with a sound grounding in sociology, political science, law and communication. You can also either learn one or more new foreign languages or improve existing foreign language skills. In the third semester, you gain an understanding of the areas of migration and diversity, work and interculturality in organisations, and globalisation and sustainable development. In the fifth semester, you then choose one of these three subjects to study in greater depth.

A specially established "mobility window" allows you to study abroad in the fourth semester. Around 50% of students voluntarily opt to make use of this opportunity. You will complete a compulsory work placement of at least eight weeks between the fourth and fifth semesters. This is then reviewed in the fifth semester. In the sixth semester, you will conclude the programme with the Bachelor’s thesis.

Where does it lead?

Approximately half of graduates enrol on a Master's programme either directly after graduation or some time later. The following options are open to you:

  • Intercultural Communication and European Studies
  • Human Rights in Politics, Law and Society
  • Sociology
  • Political Sciences
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • International Migration and Intercultural Relations
  • International Development Studies
  • Global Studies

Graduates of this programme find employment in these and other areas:

  • career guidance / coaching
  • human resources / counselling in businesses
  • youth and adult education
  • migration counselling and intercultural social work
  • non-governmental organisations
  • political consulting
  • public relations
  • cultural management
  • public services / administration

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Philipp Weidemann

Coordinator of the Bachelor's programme in Social Sciences with a specialisation in Intercultural Relations (B.A.)

Building 22 , Room 102
Philipp Weidemann+49 661 9640-
Consultation hours
Mon-Weds and Fri 10.30-12.00 a.m.

General advice

Tim Feldermann

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Student advisory service • Advisory service for people with professional qualifications

Building 10 , Room 214
Tim Feldermann+49 661 9640-1432
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue and Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am, With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Mon to Thu 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 3 pm, Fri 8.30 am – 12 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon

Studienbüro

Building 10 , Room 202
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr