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Courses Taught in English for Exchange Students

The following information is only relevant for exchange students. Students who do not come within an exchange agreement but want to apply as degree seeking students should see our information on English-taught degree programs.


I. Publishing of the Course Catalogue for Winter Semester 2020/21

Unfortunately publishing of the new course catalogue for wintersemester has had to be pushed back to August 7, 2020 due to additional planning effort caused by corona regulations.

II. Cancelled Courses Winter Semester 2020/21

  • Business Administration:
    Corporate Governance, Internal Control and Auditing
    Unfortuntaely this course was cancelled due to the corona pandemia.

Courses intended especially for exchange students

The following courses are open to exchange students from all degree programs and will be offered on a regular basis.

Winter Semester 2020/21 -- Tentative

Changes due to the Corona pandemia are possible.

  1. German Culture and Language

Organized by the Center of Language and Communication (ZSK) :

  • Perspectives on German Culture
    2hrs/week, 5 ECTS,
    online or in-person teaching
    This course will focus on certain aspects of German culture (i.e. history, politics, media, religion, customs etc.) as well as the students‘ own perception of German culture and society. Our perspective on German culture is shaped by our cultural and personal background.
    That means that our perspective is always a very individual approach, be it the teacher’s (who was born and raised in Germany) or the students‘ (from different countries all over the world).

  • Perspectives on German Film
    2hrs/week, 5 ECTS --
    online or in-person teaching
    This course traces the development of German cinema from its roots in the
    Weimar Republic until today. The focus is on the analysis and interpretation of the
    films against the background of the sociocultural developments of the time of their origin and their
    artistic features. Film clips will be shown in German with subtitles and explanation of story lines in English.
  • Perspectives on Contemporary German Popular Culture
    2hrs/week, 5 ECTS -- only offered as online class

    Germany is often praised for its art, culture, music and film. But what does the current pop culture look like? This course will focus on certain instances of contemporary German popular culture using representative samples of movies, television, music, social media sites, art and bestselling novels to develop a better understanding of German contemporary society in a multi-perspective way. Outside influences that shape popular German culture will also be discussed.
  • Sociological and Political Perspectives on Modern Germany
    2hrs/week, 5 ECTS -- online or in-person teaching

    Germany, as a federation only unified in the late 19th century, can best be understood through the prism of its regions and states. A home to widely differing dialects, culture and people, Germany is a fascinating subject for regional analysis. Through examining the distinctions between each part of the country, we also discover what unifies and binds the nation together.
    Students will gain an understanding of Germany, its states, its politics, and its people.
  • Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
    2hrs/week, 5 ECTS - only offered if in-person teaching is possible

    his course will focus on communication and especially on intercultural communication.
    In a foreign culture, communication and interaction can be very different from what we are used to, and sometimes things can go wrong when we least expect them to. It is difficult to interact as smoothly as in the culture you grew up in and so sometimes, misunderstandings are inevitable. You can, however, learn to navigate your way in a foreign culture to ensure smooth interactions and a successful communication in both professional and private contexts.
    This course will first present an overview of theoretical concepts and then concentrate on discussions of own experiences, exercises and role-play to achieve a better understanding of other cultures and your own culture.  Topics include: verbal and nonverbal behaviour, values and norms, critical incidents, cultural standards, stereotypes and prejudice.
    Students achieve a better understanding of other cultures and their own culture and improve their intercultural communication skills.

To sign up for the above mentioned classes, you will have to register via the ZSK's registration page from July 27th on. You will need a token (password). This will be sent to all exchange students by the International Office in an email together with general information on course choice and offer. Please check your inboxes (and spam folders!).

Organized by the Chair of Media Studies

  • Early German Cinema
    3hrs/week, 7 ECTS

    This seminar explores early German cinema from its beginnings to its career towards a mass medium. The focus of the seminar lies on the time period of the Weimar Republic, which is marked by significant cultural and political changes.
    It is also the fertile soil on which the golden age of German cinema grows.
    Almost each session will be accompanied by a screening of an influential film of the era. During the Weimar Republic German-speaking theorists like Béla Balázs, Walter Benjamin und Siegfried Kracauer investigated and defined the medium film. For this reason it is important to analyze their writings in order to gain an understanding not only of the zeitgeist and cinema of the Weimar Republic but also of the medium film in general. 

To sign up for this class, please write an email between July 27th and November 10th 2020 to dominik.metz@ur.de.
Please provide the following personal information: family name, first name, gender, home university, country of home university, city of university, level of English)

Organized by the Chair for General and Comparative Literature ("AVL"):

  • German Classical Literature
    2hrs/week, 6 ECTS
    Students will receive insight into German literary history as it spans one of its most productive and formative periods. Special emphasis will be placed upon historical knowledge and cultural understanding. The comparative approach of the seminar will take into consideration various European and classical cultural influences and familiarzse students with those as well.
  • German Philosophy in its Historical and Cultural Development
    2hrs/week, 6 ECTS

    Students will develop an understanding of the history of an important philosophical tradition, which they will be able to trace both from a philosophical as well as from a cultural point of view. This will, in turn, allow them to engage better with philosophical concepts and ideas in general and will also benefit a broader understanding of German culture.
  • The Beginnings of European Poetry: “Iliad” and “Odyssey”
    2hrs/week, 6 ECTS
    Students will become familiar with one of the foundations of European culture: the Greek tradition as laid down by the Homeric poems. Equipped with in-depth knowledge of literary and cultural aspects principally stemming from those texts, students will be able to better reflect upon the different contributions and interdependencies of the seminal traditions that have shaped European history: Christian, Arabic, Roman and Greek.

To sign up for one of these three courses, please write an email to t.roider@web.de adding your full name, home university information and degree program between July 27th and November 13th, 2020.

2. Political Science

Organized by the Chair for International Politics:

  • The Chinese Communist Party at 100: Constructions of Authoritarian Power, 5 ECTS
    Taught irregularly from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on the following dates:
    16.Nov. 2020, 30.Nov. 2020, 14.Dec. 2020,
    18.Jan. 2021, 1. Feb. 2021.

    Course description:
    In 2021, the party and state leadership in Beijing is expected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding
    of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Shanghai in 1921. The CCP is the largest Communist Party in the world and still rules the
    People’s Republic of China since its foundation in 1949. Battered by Civil War and threatened by extinction from competing parties
    and forces, it has established itself as a strong and successful power system. The CCP and its leaders have has experienced and
    launched internal struggle, devastating mass campaigns, and successful reforms and surprising economic success. The aim of this
    course is to explore the various chapters of the history of the Chinese Communist Party, the biographies of leading politicians, the
    ideological competition, the campaigns and policies and to approach the secret of the CCP’s success and survivability.

  • Introduction into Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning, 5ECTS
    Taught digitaly, as block:
    Fr, Nov 20 and Sa Nov 21 from 8:00am to 6:00pm
    In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world (VUCA world), policy-makers and CEOs alike need to be able
    to make future-robust decisions.
    How to navigate the terra incognita of this VUCA world and how to develop future-robust strategies – that will be the essence of this
    2-days skills course.
    Based on a real-world case study, BA and MA students will be familiarized with state-of-the art methodologies (horizon scanning,
    trends scouting, weak signal detection) and they will be introduced into the art and science of strategic foresight and scenario planning. 

To sign up for one of these two courses, please write an email to Mrs. Karin Reindl (karin.reindl@ur.de), giving your full name, home university, degree program and home country.

How to Use the Online Course Catalogue (LSF)

If you have not done so, please check our section on how to use our online course catalogue and  download our short guide.

Two pieces of advice:

  • Please check the first line of the course catalogue whether you have opened the right semester. You can choose between different semesters!
  • When looking at course details, please always check the info under "Language of Instruction". The mere fact that the course title appears in English does not mean that it is also taught in English.

How to find courses taught in English

There are three ways in which to find lists of courses taught in English in the online course catalogue.

a) Using the main navigation and the heading
"Lehrveranstaltungen in englischer Sprache/Courses taught in English"

You can find a direct link to courses taught in English as part of the main navigation page of the online course cataloge, heading "Lehrveranstaltungen in englischer Sprache/courses taught in English".

Please follow this link or go to:


--> Courses

--> Course overview

--> Lehrveranstaltungen in englischer Sprache/Courses taught in English

Important Note:
This section has been established very recently and not all courses could be integrated so far. We are working on completing the section as soon as possible!

b) Using the search function

You can create a list of all courses taught in English by using the search function.


--> Courses

--> Search for Courses

  • Then use "English" or "English/German" under the category "Language of Instruction"

c) Using the links provided

To make things easier for you, we have provided links to the search results of the departments which offer courses taught in English on a regular basis. For the moment, you can find them in the menu on the left under "individual areas".

Downloadable PDFs and Flyers

Here are some flyers that contain courses that are taught in English on a regular basis:

  1. UR International

Courses taught in English

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