Going abroad

International experiences are important for the professional qualification of cultural researchers. We recommend an independently organized stay abroad during the second year of the programme. MATS students can take advantage of any international study or internship, as well as funding opportunities offered by the Faculties 9 and 10 and the disciplines involved with the MATS program (Anthropology & Cultural Research and Religious Studies in Faculty 9).

Students should bear in mind the following criteria when planning a visit abroad:

- language skills

- regional knowledge 

- focus on studies or internship experiences

Students can apply for our Double Degree program with the Kadir Has University in Turkey and there are many other options for organizing individual studies abroad.

Prior to planning their trip, students should always take up contact with the coordinators of ERASMUS/international affairs of the disciplines which are involved in MATS:

- Martina Grimmig, Department for Anthropology and Cultural Research

- Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Religious Studies and Education

- Henriette Evers, Center of Study Affairs Department 10, International Affairs

There are at least five options for organizing stays abroad:

1. Studies abroad at Erasmus Partner Universities of Faculty 9 and 10

Up to 12 months of study and/or internship abroad can be funded by the ERASMUS program also for MA students.

2. Studies abroad in the framework of Bremen University partnerships with universities outside Europe

As a Bremen University student you have access to all international partnerships, which you can find on a list of the International Office (IO). The Departments involved with the MATS program have a number of interesting collaborations with universities outside Europe:

i.e. University of Guadelajara, Mexico (Contact at Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research, Dr. M. Grimmig, Faculty 9) 

      Stellenbosch University, South Africa (Contact at INPUTS, Prof. S. Broeck, Faculty 10)

      University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India (Contact at Institute of Religious Studies, Dr. Xenia Zeiler, Faculty 9)

3. Independently organized studies abroad  – so called "freemover"

You may of course organize a semester abroad on your own with a university of your choice. For further help and advice contact the International Office or the departments’ coordinators.

4. Internships abroad

There are also diverse opportunities for conducting an internship abroad. The following funding opportunities are available:

Within Europe: funding by ERASMUS

Outside Europe: funding by PROMOS and others

Also see the diverse programs of the DAAD.

Mathias Bücken at the International Office of Bremen University provides advice for all questions around foreign internships. Wiltrud Hoffmann provides advice at the ‘Praxisbüro’ of Faculty 9 .

5. Participating in our Exchange Program with Russian Partner Universities

In each summer term, Fritz Frey offers a 10-day excursion to Russia, where MATS students visit students of German Studies at our partner university in Belgorod. In each winter term, the students from Belgorod visit Bremen University.