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Practical information and student support

Each student will have all the rights and privileges enjoyed by other students of the university in which they are studying (University of Konstanz or University of Gothenburg).

Students participating in the double degree studies will be subject to the rules, regulations and discipline of the university in which they are studying.

Academic year

The Academic year in Konstanz runs from October to September. The winter semester runs from mid October to the mid February with classes. The semester ends with exams in the mid/end of February, but until the mid of April there will be essays to hand in. The summer semester goes on from mid April to the mid/end of July with classes. The semester ends with exams in the mid/end of July, but until the mid of September there will be essays to hand in. See the exact dates for the academic year in Konstanz here. Please note that the second semester (in Konstanz) and the third semester (in Gothenburg) overlap. Prepare yourself on an intense period in September and plan your studies after this fact.

The academic year in Gothenburg runs on from September to June. you start in September with your first course witch ends after 10 weeks, you the focus on your next course witch runs through christmas and ends in mid January. You then start your thises work which will continue to the end of the semester in early June.

Before starting your double degree program in Konstanz you can take an optional pre-semester intensive language or orientation course in September. You will need to pay for this course, but we do recommend it. 

Housing and insurance

Students participating in the double degree studies will benefit from all services offered by the host university. The services should be the same as those provided to regular students at the respective institution. For more information regarding general student services at the University of Gothenburg, see Student Life and for the University of Konstanz see Student Life.

In addition to the regular services offered by each university, each partner undertakes to provide:

Support in the search for accommodation

The students admitted to the double degree-option at University of Gothenburg are guaranteed accommodation in a student residence during their stay in Konstanz: http://www.seezeit.com/EN/Wohnen/. This guarantee only covers the students that are admitted and have accepted their place to University of Konstanz before July 15. Students that are admitted and/or accept their place after July 15 will be helped finding accommodation, but we cannot guarantee it in advance. In addition to the different student housing options you may apply for private accommodation (sharing an apartment with other students, so called Wohngemeinschaft, is common). More information about different housing options can be found here.

Students admitted by the University of Konstanz for the first year of study are strongly recommended to look for accommodation for the second year in Gothenburg as soon as they have begun their first year of study. Unfortunately we cannot offer guaranteed accommodation. The students will have to organize accommodation themselves. For information and tips, see Living in Gothenburg, Incoming student, Student Housing, SGS studentbostäder, Boplats, Housing Anywhere

Information about personal, home and health insurance

Upon registration at a German University, all students are covered by law by an accident insurance (gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) and thereby are financially insured in the case of an accident occurring on the way to and from the University, as well as on any University property. More information about the insurance can be found here.

The students admitted to the double degree-option at University of Gothenburg are also covered by the Student UT-insurance (issued by Kammarkollegiet) 24-hours a day. The insurance cover applies in Germany during the period in which the studies take place and during direct travel between Germany and the student’s residence in Sweden or the city in which studies are conducted in Sweden. The insurance also applies during holidays while the insured is staying in the country where he/she is studying and the studies will continue after the holiday. More information about the Student-UT insurance can be found here.

During the second year non Swedish EEA-students admitted through Konstanz can recieve basic emergency coverage through Kammarkollegiet´s "Student IN" insurance.

Social and academic preparations

Social activities

The University of Gothenburg hosts The International Student Welcome Programme in the beginning of each term. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the university and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and student buddies from all over the world.

The University of Konstanz offers a few different pre-semester intensive language or orientation courses before the autumn semester starts. The International Office strongly recommends all new international students to participate in one of the courses.

Local language courses

The University of Gothenburg offers Swedish language courses for all international students.

The University of Konstanz offers German language course for all international students.

Preparatory reading

The University of Konstanz has a strong reputation for its accent on quantitative methodology. To successfully complete the programme, students are required to obtain the basic knowledge in methodology before starting their master programme. For those without sufficient methodological knowledge, it is strongly recommended to visit the methods primer that will be offered as an intensive course at the beginning of the first semester. Master students are also allowed to visit the BA-lecture “Introduction to political methodology“.

Furthermore we recommend you to read this book before going:

  • King, Gary; Keohane, Robert O., and Verba, Sidney. Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press; 1994.
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