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Germany is the most populous democracy in the EU and one of the major players in European politics. Nevertheless, German politics with its specific features and complex structures can be a conundrum of historic, cultural and constitutional peculiarities.

Join us at the University of Würzburg to explore in depth basics and peculiarities of German Politics. The English-speaking course aims to contextualize German Politics within a framework of contemporary history, institutional and comparative perspectives, decision making processes and Germany’s perspectives on Europe and the world.

The next International IPS Summer School German Politics will take place from July 18th to July 26th, 2016. We have listened to all the feedback from the Class of 2015, have added one more day and are adjusting the schedule to have even more time for in-depth sessions and discussion. You can find all information about fees, benefits, deadlines and how to apply for summer 2016 here:

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In our Summer School, you will learn about all aspects of German Politics, ranging from contemporary history, political culture, the representative and the legistlative process to German Foreign Policy and Germany and the European Union. By the end of the course, you will be able to critically analyse contemporary German politics and have a solid foundation of knowledge about institutional and constitutional structures as well as German foreign and European policy.

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Hong Kong, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Slovakia – students from more than 10 countries visited the University of Würzburg from July 21 to July 28, 2015, to attend the IPS Summer School German Politics. They learned about about all aspects of German Politics, ranging from contemporary history, political culture, the representative and the legistlative process to German Foreign Policy and Germany and the European Union. During the social program, the group visited the Residence and the Fortress Marienberg in Würzburg as well as the City of Nuremberg.

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With the acceptance to the summer school you will be granted access to a digital classroom where you can find texts for preparation and additional reading on German politics. By the end of the course, all successful participants will be issued a detailed Certificate of Attendance equivalent to a regular module worth 5 ECTS.

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The Summer School will take place in Würzburg, one of Germany's most beautiful cities. Würzburg is located in the region of Franconia in Northern Bavaria. With a history that dates back more than 1,300 years, the city is offering a lot of famous sights, above all the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburg Residence. Founded in 1402, the University of Würzburg is among the oldest universities in Europe. More than 30,000 students make for a vivid city with a rich and vivid cultural, pub and club scene. You will be accomodated just a couple of walking minutes outside the picturesque old town.

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If you are a current University student, graduate or undergraduate, from outside Germany you are eligible to join our Summer School. We would be happy to welcome you in Würzburg!

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This summer school is organized with the support of the Human Dynamics Centre
of the Faculty of Human Sciences