Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Field Study Trips

The Brandt School's Spring & Fall Schools give MPP-students a unique opportunity to participate in intensive week-long courses abroad. During the seminars, the participants meet with local students and analyze and discuss Public Policy-related topics from a comparative perspective. Methodological guidance and intellectual input is provided by Brandt School professors as well as scholars and analysts from the Brandt School's partner institutions. Meetings and workshops with experts and practitioners, excursions and cultural activities complete the programs and make the Brandt Schools Spring & Fall Schools an unforgettable academic and intercultural experience.

Since 2010, Spring & Fall Schools have been taken place in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk on the following topics: "Transformation and Public Policies", "Contemporary Governance in Russia and the European Union", "Social Policy Today - Russia in Comparison" and "The Effects of Center-Local Relationships on Public Policy". In April 2014, MPP-students traveled from St. Petersburg to the Russian-Estonian border and further to Estonia's capital Tallinn to study "Border Policies from the Soviet Union to the EU: Russia and the Baltic States". In April 2016, our students visited the Polish cities of Wroclaw and Krakow as well as the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to study "German Politics and the Shoah". In March 2017, two Spring Schools followed: a second trip to Poland and a Conflict Studies field trip with the topic of “Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies" to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Brandt School's Spring & Fall Schools have been generously supported by the Haniel Foundation and organized in cooperation with partner institutions such as the Centre for Independent Social Research in Saint Petersburg, the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the Novosibirsk State University, Think Tank POPULARI - Centre for Social Research in Bosnia, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Russia.

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Lena Kiesewetter
Managing Director

Phone  +49 (0)361 / 737-4641
Office    Room 0004