Erasmus Mundus Global Studies -
A European Perspective

Erasmus Mundus Global Studies -
A European Perspective

Following in 2005 a call for application by the European Commission, the Consortium of the Joint Master’s course in "Global Studies – A European perspective" came into existence and in 2010 funding was approved for a further 5 years.

The founding members of the European Master in Global Studies (EMGS) Consortium comprised the University of Leipzig, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland).

In 2006 the EMGS-Consortium established partnerships with four well-known non-European Universities that are the Dalhousie University (Canada), the Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) which allows to offer to European students to study for one term at one of them.

In 2010 the Consortium was extended to the Roskilde University (Denmark), the Fudan University (China) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) covering an even broader geographical area and academic scope. 

In 2015 the Ghent University (Belgium) joined the programme as a further Partner University.

Students choosing the programme study at two different European universities, at each for one academic year. After having successfully completed the programme they are able to analyze processes of globalization in various academic ways and are thus well-prepared for both, academic positions dealing with global phenomena and jobs in supranational agencies and non-governmental organizations, as they are ready to work as intercultural mediators and in the fields of development cooperation, economy, management and beyond.

The EMGS-consortium holds a winter school and a summer school every year, which consists of workshops and lectures offered by the teaching staff of all our Consortium universities. During these events student groups from the different places come together to get to know their colleagues and to experience the transnationality of their study programm.

A further annual highlight in the EMGS-Consortium schedule is the Graduation Ceremony that is organized every November celebrating the successful completion of the Master degree and handing out the graduation certificate.

Thanks to the Erasmus Mundus programme the EMGS-Consortium is in the favourable position to offer for some selected students full-time grants. 

In 2008 the programme was awarded the quality label “TOP 10 International Master’s degree courses” produced in Germany by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its innovative concept, high-quality teaching, high degree of internationalization, comprehensive quality assurance mechanisms, excellent support service as well as convincing alumni results.

The continuous quality of the programme is assured through a constant evaluation process by its students, and alumni, the teaching and administrative personnel, as well as by external review.


This Master’s Course is part of the EU programme for academic exchange ERASMUS MUNDUS.
It is co-ordinated by the University of Leipzig.
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Global History at University of Vienna

Global History has become a topic of central interest in recent years. Global History deals with the historical processes which occurred in the various regions of the world and the various groups of people inhabiting these regions of the world. With the help of concepts like interaction, interconnectivity, and condensation Global History describes and analyzes in which way, by which intensity, and when regions and social groups around the world were, and are, connected with one another. History is conceived both as an element and as a result of local, regional, national, and global developments, conflicts, actors, and interests that are interconnected in manifold and frequently hierarchical ways.

Eurocentrism in history is replaced by a multifocal and global perspective. Diversity and variety in a global historical view turn out to be historical processes.

Since the winter semester 2008/2009 the Master Program Global History and Global Studies is offered at the University of Vienna. Contents, methods, techniques, and theories of Global History and of another discipline of Global Studies will be taught in this revised Master Program. Applicants who hold a Bachelor degree in the humanities, the cultural and social sciences or jurisprudence or a comparable degree may be admitted.

Interdisciplinary networks at the University of Vienna and internationally combine within Global History teachers from various branches of the humanities, social and cultural studies. Global History at the University of Vienna is part of an Erasmus Mundus-Program together with the University of Leipzig, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Wroclaw. This mobility program of the European Union enables students from all over the world to study Global History at Vienna as part of their European Master Global Studies - a European Perspective.