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Summer: Rutgers- European Summer Institute

Kassel, Germany

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
May 19, 2020
Jul 01, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

A unique program for Rutgers graduate and high achieving undergraduate students looking for international experience.

The European Summer Institute (ESI) is a joint educational venture between the MA Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies, Rutgers University, and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel, Germany. The ESI collaborates with Rutgers Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Center for European Studies and Political Science Department of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers Newark.


Program Location

Picture of a Road in Kassel City



Kassel is a lively city of about 200,000 inhabitants in the State of Hessen in central Germany.  It is a city which constantly shapes urban culture and art, and owes much of its fame to the legacy of the Brothers Grimm.  Kassel has one of Europe's most palatial patio nurseries, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is easily accessible from all major cities of Germany.



Rutgers students will have an opportunity to take two courses (6 credits) at the ICDD, taught by professors from the University of Kassel and Rutgers University:

  • Frauke Banse: Policy Making in the European Union (incl. study tour to Brussels)
  • David O’Connell: United Nations and International Migration (incl. study tour to Geneva)
  • Praveen Jha: Global Exploitation Chains: Restructuring of the Global Division of Labor
  • Pamela Ngwenya: Feminist Political Ecology
  • Christoph Scherrer: Political Economy of Germany in Europe and the World
  • Roland Rich: Democracy, Development and Human Rights

Syllabi for each course will be made available to students during the Spring 2020 semester. You can find a description of each course here. 

Study tours and excursions

Students will have an opportunity to participate in study tours and excursions:

  • Brussels, Belgium (5 days) where they will study at the offices of the European Commission, European Parliament, European Trade Union Confederation and others;
  • Geneva, Switzerland (5 days) where they will study at the UN Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Office of the Higher Commissioner for Refugees and other agencies;
  • Berlin, Germany (2 days) with study at the Federal  Ministry of Development Cooperation and visits to the Holocaust Museum and Museum Island;
  • Other sightseeing visits

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts, please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.


May 19

July 1

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed with German homestay families in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Kassel's campus. Breakfast and dinner meals will be provided as part of the homestay.


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $6,460 $7,040
Graduate $6,820 $7,370
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most meals (breakfast and dinner)
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

*The program costs are based on a minimum number of participants. Final per student cost maybe lower with the higher student enrollment.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $200
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $300
Total $1,800.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.