Summer: University of Duisburg - Essen (Germany)

Essen, Germany

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Summer I & II 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Summer II 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Learn about the transformation of contemporary societies, transnational social movements, transformation of work, global corporate elite and globalization in China. Take part in excursions to one of Europe’s largest steel plants and a variety of sights in the surroundings of Duisburg.

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the largest universities in Germany with more than 40.000 students enrolled, offering a broad academic spectrum with numerous opportunities to participate in international programs. Global and Transnational Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is focused on broadening the sociological imagination beyond the national borders of most sociological theories and empirical data to generate new understandings of cross-border social interactions and interrelations. UDE’s Institute of Sociology (Campus Duisburg) includes a number of scholars engaged in studies of migration, work and employment, social structural change, comparative and transnational sociology. Professors teaching at the Summer School are also members of the Institute of Work, Skills and Training and the Institute of East Asian Studies in Duisburg.


Approved by Rutgers - School of Management and Labor Relations for LSER students. HRM students will also be considered.

Summer: University of Duisburg - Essen (Germany)

Program Locations

Summer: University of Duisburg - Essen



Duisburg is “the city of water and fire” with Europe’s largest inner harbor and its famous steel production. Duisburg is located in the Ruhr Area, a diverse and vivid metropolitan area. More than 10% of Duisburg is forest area and with its six large lakes, Duisburg offers plenty of opportunities to relax and spend your free time outside.

Duisburg is a great starting point for travelling Germany and Europe. Düsseldorf and Cologne, two of Germany’s largest cities, can be reached within half an hour. Berlin is only 4 hours by train, Paris 5 hours and Amsterdam only 2 hours.


This Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School at University of Duisburg-Essen is open to both Undergraduate and Graduate LSER students (major and minor); HRM students will also be considered. Courses are taught in English for Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) students; classes run Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am to 2pm.

Pre-approval through SMLR is suggested:

  • LSER students should contact Akhila Naik 
  • HRM students should contact Douglas Kruise

Summer 2020 course offerings include (you may choose one course per block):

Summer 1:

  1. New Global Social Movements
  2. Global markets in the creative industries
  3. Families in motion – Understanding migration and incorporation processes from a family perspective 

 Summer 2:

  1. Translation in the Anthropocene: Global Politics, Development Policies and Amerindian Ontologies
  2. Anthropology of Migration and Transnationality

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 and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Summer 1

Mid June

Late June

Summer 2

Late June

Mid July

Summer 1 & 2

Mid June

Mid July

Housing and Meals

Students organize their accommodation individually. However, the Summer School Team is happy to help you with finding the right place for your stay in Duisburg. Housing (4 week stay) is approx. 400-600 €, and living expenses (4 week stay, depending on your lifestyle) is approx. 300 €.

Meals are offered in restaurants and cafeterias on campus -- a cup of coffee is approx. 2€, and a meal at the cafeteria is approx. 3€.

They also provide the option for airport pick-up.

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 (3 credits - Either Session I or II) $2,370 $2,660
Undergraduate (6 credits - Combined Session I & II) $2,860 $3,440
Graduate (3 credits - Either Session I or II) $2,560 $2,830
Graduate (6 credits - Combined Session I & II) $3,220 $3,770
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

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 $500
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $100
Personal Expenses $350
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $750
Total $2,950.00
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 and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, 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.