For exchange students

SoWi?So! welcomes all exchange students to the Faculty 02 Social Sciences, Media and Sport! On this page you will find offers to help you get started with your studies in Germany. In addition to workshops and instructions on academic work, you will also find interdisciplinary courses in English. There you can learn more about different cultures, get in touch with other exchange students as well as with German students and, of course, receive credit points and grades. Our courses are geared towards the needs of exchange students. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this. Registration for courses can be done via Jogustine or our registration form.

A flying start - We prepare you for a successful semester

Academic Boosting Class: Research in Social Sciences (3 ECTS) [winter term] & [summer term]

In this course (3 ECTS), exchange students learn the ABC for successful social science studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University. Participants will be able to meet the formal requirements of academic work in terms of literature research, oral presentations and term papers. The course offers you a flying start and equips you for a successful semester abroad at JGU. Read more


Information to go:

Here you will find some general information about the usual coursework, assignments and presentations. As a rule, the subjects have specific requirements. Therefore, please contact the lecturer who is to supervise you for your term paper or presentation in time.

How do you actually...?

Overviews on writing term papers from the institutes: **

** So far, this information is only available in German. English versions will follow soon.

*** If in doubt, ask your individual lecturers, because there is currently no uniform guideline for sports science; most of the time, it is based on the dvs standard linked here.

Courses and events

Seminar:  The Social Scientist’s View of Germany (5 ECTS) [winter term]

Students of the social sciences from all over the world taking part in this seminar (5 ECTS) will get the opportunity to view Germany from various perspectives within the social sciences. The seminar will provide insights into a wide range of topics related to German society, politics, media and culture.

The lecturers, who are social scientists themselves, will teach and discuss different perspectives on the multiple course topics. Within the seminar‘s interdisciplinary approach students are encouraged to contribute by actively sharing their views on the topics at hand as the seminar’s concept is a highly interactive one. Read more


Seminar: Assessing and critically reflecting on digital media: A literature review [WiSe]

The seminar is intended to research and discuss literature on the topic of critical reasoning with digital media content. Both theoretical conceptualizations of critical reasoning, but also empirical assessments of the phenomenon will be featured in the seminar. The participants will be asked to review a sub-topic of their interest and present their findings in one session. Topics generally related to the seminar are: digital media consumption, critical assessment and reflection of content, research proficiency and trust in media. Mehr Infos

Seminar: The Absence of „race“ in German discourses on Bildung [WiSe]

The German school system selects students not only along criteria of achievement but also along race in an irritatingly stable manner. In Dr. Yaliz Akbaba's seminar you will investigate the absence of „race“ in German discourses on Bildung. The seminar aims at developing political literacy for teacher students in order to be change agents for a more democratic school, but is explicitly open to students of all disciplines including incoming students. Mehr Infos

Intercultural training: Beyond Clichés – German and International Students in Intercultural Exchange (3 ECTS) [winter term]

This course is open to exchange students and regular JGU students.
In two days, participants complete intensive training in intercultural communication, in which they reflect on their cultural backgrounds and learn how these shape their perceptions in international contexts.
In the subsequent pub quiz, they can gain international teamwork experience. Participants learn to communicate professionally and confidently in intercultural situations and expand their international network. Read more

Research at the faculty: CRiSS - Contemporary Research in Social Science (2-5 ECTS) [summer term]

CRiSS is a recurring lecture series organised by the Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and takes place in each summer semester. Members from all of the faculty's disciplines - Communication Science, Educational Science, Political Science, Psychology, School Studies, Sociology, and Sports Science - present their current research projects. The talks are held in English to also enable international exchange - with international students, visiting researchers as well as guests. Read more

International study programmes at JGU

Perhaps your semester abroad has made you want to stay in Mainz longer? Then you might be interested in the variety of international degree programmes at FB02. Some of these are held in several languages and you have the opportunity to spend part of your studies abroad and - depending on the degree programme - even earn degrees from several universities. Read more