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Center for Global Politics at Freie Universität Berlin

The M.A. International Relations (IR) Online is directed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers. It belongs to the distinguished graduate study programs offered by the Center for Global Politics at Freie Universität Berlin. Within our unique programs we invite you to explore the multiple challenges of the twenty-first century. You will develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of seemingly diverse issues as migration, changing security issues, and environmental degradation. You will increase your understanding of global challenges and their political, economic, and social causes and impacts. Have a look at the other programs offered by the Center for Global Politics: www.global-politics.org


Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin is one of Germany's leading research-based universities. Founded in 1948 according to the principles "Truth, Justice, Freedom" and based on its history as a reform-oriented university, it continues to display a distinguished modern and international character. Today, the university offers degree courses in more than one hundred subjects to over 35,500 students. With about 570 professors, 4,000 graduate students and 1,000 doctoral candidates each year, FU Berlin is the largest of the three universities in Berlin. Its academic profile comprises a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. In June 2012, Freie Universität Berlin was awarded the status of excellence for the second time. For further information, please visit the university's profile.


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Students' Voices

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LatviaJānis Bērziņš

"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken. The first week"
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"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken.

The first week of in-house classes clearly demonstrated that I lack a large amount of information and base knowledge for me to even to begin appreciating and evaluating the things that are happening in the world.

Especially courses such as International Relations Theory and the Introduction and Tools course, felt to me like I had been sleepwalking in my field for those first 4 years. Only now after having graduated from the CGP, I can truly appreciate what I still continue to love doing in my professional life.

I learned to ask the right questions, to write concise reports and above all to evaluate any one event from at least three theoretical perspectives, thus providing for a clearer analysis of actions and the motivations behind them. This has been recognized beyond the grades on the transcript. Over the past 2 years since graduation I have received three promotions and am constantly given top priority tasks. Participating in and graduating the master's program has helped me in my professional career and continues to do so.

To sum up, a simple answer to "would I do it again" is "yes". The program has made me more humble towards the things I think I know, has helped me grow as a person and as a professional, and above all, when I look back at the program and the events that transpired - I always seem to smile."

Students' Voices

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Erika Burri
is a journalist by training and studies IR Online. Have a look at what she writes about the booming MOOC development (in German).
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