Social Sciences with a specialisation in Intercultural Relations
What is the programme about?
BASIB is a six-semester social sciences study programme which was accredited at the beginning of the winter semester 2004/2005.
Given their global significance, immigration, integration and international mobility are issues that are also being discussed in Germany with increasing intensity. There is a growing demand for qualified experts who can professionally handle and promote intercultural relations.
In the BA programme Social Sciences with a specialisation in Intercultural Relations (BASIB), you acquire the skills and competencies needed to
- deal professionally with the social integration of migrants,
- manage situations where intercultural clashes can occur,
- develop and make use of intercultural resources,
- work in businesses and organisations with international teams or intercultural functions,
- handle and professionally prepare work-related stays abroad.
The BASIB programme was reaccredited in July 2012 for the period until September 2019.
Application and further details
The BASIB programme was accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in Hanover and launched in the summer semester 2004. The first intake of students graduated in the summer semester 2007.
From the winter semester 2008/2009, the number of places on the programme was increased from 40 to 90 to meet growing demand. Since the winter semester 08/09, the 90 students study mainly in two study groups to guarantee favourable learning and working conditions.
To be admitted to the BASIB programme, applicants must have the general university entrance qualification or the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences. Admission to the programme is restricted by the numerus clausus procedure. The study programme begins in the winter semester. For direct admission to the programme in the winter semester 2013/2014, an average grade of 2.3 was required for the 90 places. Applicants with an average grade of 3.6 had a waiting period of four semesters. There are no other admission requirements, such as work experience, etc.
We especially welcome applications from young people with migration backgrounds, e.g. foreign nationals with German university entrance qualifications. If you have other questions about the study programme, please feel free to contact us by phone or email:
Fulda University of Applied Sciences
If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact Student Administration at Fulda University:
To apply for a place on the programme Social Sciences with a specialisation in Intercultural Relations or to find out more about the application procedure, follow this link:
To start studying in the summer semester, applications must be submitted between 1 December to and 15 January every year.
To start studying in the winter semester, applications must be submitted between 1 May and 15 July every year.
International students should contact the International Office at Fulda University.
This is an interdisciplinary study programme which includes the subjects of sociology, politics, law and communication – each with a special focus on intercultural relations. The programme lasts six semesters. You will complete a work placement of at least eight weeks after the fourth semester in an institution that is of relevance to the study programme and profession. You can then choose between "Migration and Integration", "Interculturality and Organisation" or "Globalisation and Sustainable Development" as an area of specialisation. The following subject areas are studied in a total of 18 modules:
- Fundamentals of sociology, political science and law
- Sociological and political dimensions of intercultural relations
- Foreign languages
- Communication and intercultural communication
- General and intercultural competencies in professional relations.
The practical period between the fourth and fifth semester is an integral part of the curriculum. The aim is to gain practical experience in a field that is of relevance to your subject of study. You will develop an understanding of the responsibilities and activities of your work placement organisation and identify further study options or future career opportunities. On principle, it is possible to complete a work placement at home or abroad.
Here is a list of organisations in which BASIB students have completed work placements: Download
Modules and Examination Regulations
The structure and content of the BASIB programme are laid down in the Examination Regulations upon which the university examinations are also based. The entire BASIB programme is divided into so-called modules (M1 to M18). One module is made up of one or several teaching sessions with a learning objective and constitutes the unit for which credit points are awarded. You can download the Examination Regulations, module descriptions, information about module contents, types of assessment, etc. here:
Learning languages during your study programme
Comprehensive language skills are a must for your chosen qualification. You are therefore required to take foreign language courses for a total of eight hours per week during the first two semesters. In the third semester, you will deepen your knowledge of one foreign language for two hours per week if you are not completing a semester abroad. Of course, you can also take other language courses as optional subjects, and these courses will be certified. The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences offers courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Turkish, Persian, Swahili and Arabic on different levels. Best of all: You can choose whichever language(s) you wish to take during your programme!
A period abroad is not compulsory in the BASIB programme, however it is explicitly encouraged by the Social and Cultural Sciences Department. Experience gained during a semester or work placement abroad can provide you with invaluable skills that will help you handle the challenges of intercultural situations. It may also help you decide on your career or apply for a job. Not least of all, experience abroad is beneficial for general character development.
So far, almost 50% of students in one semester (approx. 40 persons) have found scholarship-funded places at universities abroad and studied there thanks to the favourable structure of the BASIB programme. It is hoped that the transition to the Bachelor's and Master's degree system throughout Europe will facilitate the recognition of credits received abroad by the home university.
Here is a list of universities with which the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and Fulda University have partnerships.
After successfully completing the programme, you will be awarded the internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This first university degree qualifies you to start a career or to take a second academic degree, a Master's degree. The consecutive system of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes has now been introduced throughout Germany (a Bachelor's degree as a basic programme of study, a Master's degree as an advanced study programme). Depending on focus, a Master's degree programme can provide a more in-depth scientific understanding of a previous programme of study or it can explore new fields of knowledge. Usually lasting four semesters – more rarely two semesters – a Master's programme offers students the chance to consolidate or enhance their professional profile, and it can also be the foundation for a doctoral degree.
This is where you will find an overview of the subjects of BA theses completed by BASIB students in chronological order:
Career prospects and postgraduate study
You learn to constructively shape intercultural relations on various social levels and to take part in the study of such topics. The programme qualifies you to tackle both social scientific and intercultural issues. Fields of professional activity include:
- transnational, national, municipal institutions and associations involved with migration and integration,
- companies that are internationally active,
- organisations and institutions that are confronted with cultural diversity and have to deal with intercultural problems (e.g. authorities, care facilities, police, companies),
- international organisations or internationally active non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
- all social institutions which deal with intercultural relations politically, in terms of media or educationally.
After successfully completing the programme, you can continue studying social sciences and intercultural subjects at Master's level in Germany and abroad. The Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies offers such an opportunity in its Master degree programme in Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS).
We accept no liability for any of the information contained below. Please contact the appropriate universities yourself regarding admission requirements, etc.
Here is a list of Master's degree programmes at universities and universities of applied science in the Federal Republic of Germany.
For a list of Master's degree programmes elsewhere in Europe, click here.