Europe and the Middle East in Transition
Learn about the effects of the Arab Spring uprisings from a global perspective while living in the medieval city of Marburg, Germany, home of the Center for Near and Middle East Studies. The summer university will approach issues stemming from the recent revolutions from the angle of political sciences, sociology, and history as well as cultural and regional sciences. This summer program combines German language study at all levels with courses (taught in either English or German) in politics, economics, or cultural studies for a total of 9 ECTS credits (5 – 6 US credits).
Language of Instruction: English; 1 seminar will be offered in German
ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students
The program fee covers 45 classroom hours of instruction (3 ECTS points) in German as a Foreign Language at the following three levels:
• Basic Level (for beginners with little or no previous knowledge of German)
• Intermediate Level (for students with a solid background in German)
• Advanced Level (for students with very good knowledge of German)
The basic program covered by the program fee consists of the German language course, two academic seminars, one supplement course, excursions, cultural program, creedits AND
• Accommodation in a single room in one of our student dormitories
• Daily breakfast (on weekdays)
• Health and personal liability insurance for the duration of the program
• Meal subsidy of EUR 50
• Bus pass for the city of Marburg
In 2015 following seminars will be offered:
The Middle East: Politics, Governance, and Globalization
After the Arab Spring: Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary Middle East
‘Beyond the Walls’ – Palestine-Israel Conflict in Film
Conflict Mediation in the Middle East
Oil, Money, and Power: Rentier State, Identity, and Knowledge
Historical Overview of Economic Transition and Transformation in Turkey
Die Europäische Union. Und: Was bedeutet sie für die Region Middle East? (taught in German)
Migration and Mobility in Europe
The Idea of Europe
German Culture, Politics and History
Detailed course syllabi may be found here:
Please keep in mind that the attendance of the supplement courses is obligatory for the issuing of ECTS credits.
Students taking courses in English do not need to have any prior knowledge of German. Students who would like to take a course in German should submit a proof of the German language competence as part of the application. Non-native speakers of English or German should have sufficient language to follow subject courses. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.
See the Membership Directory for details.
July 18 - August 15, 2015
June 1, 2015
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students are housed in single rooms in university dormitories. Students will receive a 50 Euro meal stipend in their program cost which can subsidize the cost of meals. There are several cafeterias in university buildings, where you can purchase beverages and snacks. Lunch and dinner are also served in the "Mensa", where prices range from approx. EUR 2.50 to 5. The Bistro and the "Mensa" are located in the nearby student center ("Studentenhaus"). In town there are bars, bakeries, and fast food facilities.
In addition to the work in the classroom, trips are offered connected to the program's topic. Besides thematic city tours of Marburg and visits to the Jewish and the Islamic communities, participants are invited to tour neighboring cities such as Frankfurt and Strasbourg, France. Evening activities, such as lectures, movies and parties are also planned for participants.
The University of Marburg is one of the oldest German universities. In 1527, as part of the Reformation, 23-year-old Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous founded it as the first Protestant university. Since then, it has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries. With 25,000 students (12% from all over the world) and 6,000 people working for the university, Marburg’s slogan is "Other cities may have a university, but Marburg is a university." In other words, living and studying in Marburg inevitably means being part of a vibrant academic community.
The University of Marburg is one of the oldest German universities. In 1527, as part of the Reformation, 23-year-old Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous founded it as the first Protestant university. Since then, it has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries. With 25,000 students (12% from all over the world) and 6,000 people working for the university, Marburg's slogan is "Other cities may have a university, but Marburg is a university." In other words, living and studying in Marburg inevitably means being part of a vibrant academic community.
HOW TO FILL OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION
Please consider the following requirements when filling out the online application :
• Participant Profile: REQUIRED
• Host Request List:
º Placement: SELECT "Summer"
º Site: SELECT "ISEP Direct"
º Country: SELECT "Germany"
º Institution: SELECT "Philipps-Universität Marburg"
º Program Type: SELECT "Regular University Courses"
• Course Request List: For Course Name, enter "Europe and the Middle East in Transition" and click the disc icon.
• Language Proficiency: REQUIRED
º Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of instruction is different than your native language? SELECT "Yes."
º Please select ONE option that best describes your proof of language proficiency:
SELECT either Option 2 or 3 and fill out all the remaining fields.
• Personal Statement: REQUIRED
• Academic References: ONE REQUIRED
• Transcript: REQUIRED