Are you cu­rious about the va­rious chal­len­ges faced in the con­tem­pora­ry world? Are you loo­king for a way to com­bi­ne your broad aca­de­mic in­te­rests? Do you care about working in­ten­si­ve­ly with others whi­le shaping your per­so­nal plan of stu­dies? The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le gi­ves you the free­dom and the re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty to de­sign your cur­ri­cu­lum. It chal­len­ges you to en­ga­ge with key ques­ti­ons and pro­blems of the pre­sent. It helps you cul­ti­va­te aca­de­mic skills that are fun­da­men­tal for li­ving and working in to­day’s world. It gi­ves you sup­port in for­mu­la­ting your ide­as and goals, and ta­king steps towards their rea­li­sa­ti­on.
A Contemporary Liberal Education
The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is a pro­gramme of stu­dy in the Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on tra­di­ti­on. Pro­grammes of this kind fo­cus on the in­tel­lec­tu­al and per­so­nal de­ve­lop­ment of each in­di­vi­du­al stu­dent. They em­pha­si­se bre­adth of know­ledge whi­le also en­cou­ra­ging stu­dents to de­ve­lop a spe­ci­fic per­so­nal pro­fi­le.
Stu­dents learn to cul­ti­va­te im­portant skills: ana­ly­ti­cal and re­fle­xi­ve thin­king, cle­ar and per­sua­si­ve com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, as well as well-roun­ded jud­ge­ment. Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on pro­grammes fos­ter in­ten­si­ve learning wi­t­hin a com­mu­ni­ty of fa­cul­ty and fel­low stu­dents, both in and outs­ide the class­room. A con­tem­pora­ry li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on pre­pa­res stu­dents to be crea­ti­ve, pur­po­se­ful and re­s­pon­si­ble agents in many walks of life.
Freedom and Contemporary Questions
We be­lie­ve that the best way to fos­ter cu­rio­si­ty, self-di­rec­tion and in­de­pen­dence of mind is to al­low stu­dents to map out their per­so­nal cour­se of stu­dy, with sup­port from fa­cul­ty and their fel­low stu­dents. The aim of each in­di­vi­du­al cour­se of stu­dy is to ex­plo­re in-depth ques­ti­ons and pro­blems that need to be ad­dres­sed in an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry way.
Stu­dents can com­bi­ne mo­du­les from the ent­i­re spec­trum of aca­de­mic fiel­ds at Leu­pha­na, from sustaina­bi­li­ty to en­tre­pre­neurship, from di­gi­tal me­dia to psy­cho­lo­gy, or from po­li­tics to edu­ca­ti­on. The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le the­r­e­by com­bi­nes the pur­su­it of per­so­nal in­tel­lec­tu­al in­te­rests with a con­cern for im­portant is­su­es re­gar­ding our com­mon life.
Studium Individuale in Practice
In ad­di­ti­on to the self-de­si­gned cour­se of stu­dy, each stu­dent ta­kes part in the core cur­ri­cu­lum of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le, its in­tel­lec­tu­al back­bone: one chal­len­ging in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry cour­se of high in­ten­si­ty in each se­mes­ter, taught in Eng­lish.
Here, stu­dents are en­ga­ging in cen­tral the­mes that are re­le­vant for both un­der­stan­ding and ta­king ac­tion in the con­tem­pora­ry world, such as: What is va­lid know­ledge? How can we iden­ti­fy a pro­blem? What are pos­si­bi­li­ties for, li­mits to and con­se­quen­ces of ac­tion? How can we un­der­stand and eva­lua­te his­to­ri­cal chan­ge? What is mo­dern free­dom?
An Encompassing Education
Learning in the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le de­li­be­ra­te­ly con­ti­nues bey­ond the class­room in of­ten stu­dent-led ac­tivi­ties: talks with guest spea­kers, prac­tical pro­jects, weekend-work­shops, ex­cur­si­ons, or sim­ply in­for­mal ex­ch­an­ge. Stu­dents are also sup­por­ted and en­cou­ra­ged to spend parts of their stu­dies ab­road, in or­der to gain ad­di­tio­nal va­luable ex­pe­ri­en­ces for their edu­ca­ti­on.
As a per­so­nal, en­ga­ging and chal­len­ging pro­gramme­, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le of­fers you a rich and mea­ningful edu­ca­ti­on whi­le also pro­vi­ding you with a sound ba­sis for a va­rie­ty of mas­ter pro­gramme­s, ca­re­ers, and life pro­jects.
Who is studying the Studium Individuale?
A wide va­rie­ty of stu­dents are stu­dy­ing the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le. The­re is not one type. Ne­ver­the­l­ess, we do be­lie­ve that stu­dents with cer­tain dis­po­si­ti­on are more li­kely to thri­ve. Most im­port­ant­ly, we are loo­king for stu­dents who are cu­rious and who care, both in­tel­lec­tual­ly and about the world.
You should be in­te­rested in dif­fe­rent the­mes and ques­ti­ons and be open to en­ga­ge with things that will be new to you, and that might not even speak to you at first sight. You should care for your learning, both in­di­vi­dual­ly and with others, and you should seek out ra­ther than avo­id de­man­ding work.
You should be pre­pa­red to lead your stu­dies in a re­s­pon­si­ble and ma­tu­re way, thin­king about your choices and ex­plai­ning them to others. You should also be wil­ling to put your exis­ting ways of thought and opi­ni­ons un­der scru­ti­ny and into ques­ti­on, to at­tempt to take on dif­fe­rent, un­fa­mi­li­ar points of view and the­r­e­by to trans­form yours­elf as a thin­ker and as a per­son.
Over­all, a com­bi­na­ti­on of a strong in­te­rest in in­tel­lec­tual­ly chal­len­ging work and a se­rious con­cern for some of the ac­tu­al ques­ti­ons and chal­len­ges that we face in the con­tem­pora­ry world are im­portant pre­con­di­ti­ons for thri­ving wi­t­hin the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le.
Is the Studium Individuale an international programme?
The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is an in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly ori­en­ted pro­gramme. Its own core cour­ses are held ent­i­re­ly in Eng­lish. An in­cre­a­sing num­ber of Leu­pha­na ma­jors, such as Di­gi­tal Me­dia, In­ter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness Ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on & En­tre­pre­neurship, Global Environmental, and Sustainability Studies, or Psychology as well as some cour­ses in the Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies pro­gramme, are equal­ly taught in Eng­lish. In many other courses at Leuphana, the lan­gua­ge of in­struc­tions is Ger­man.
Every stu­dent of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is en­cou­ra­ged to stu­dy ab­road, as we be­lie­ve that in­ter­na­tio­nal ex­pe­ri­en­ces make an im­portant com­po­nent of a con­tem­pora­ry Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on. You can ap­p­ly for all the part­ner uni­ver­si­ties of the Leu­pha­na or ar­ran­ge a stay ab­road yours­elf.
In ad­di­ti­on, we are ex­ten­ding our co­ope­ra­ti­on with va­rious in­sti­tu­ti­ons com­mit­ted to a Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on, both in Eu­ro­pe and in other parts of the world, such as Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge in the Nether­lands or Marl­bo­ro Col­le­ge in the United States.
Jobs and Career
The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is de­si­gned to help stu­dents cul­ti­va­te their per­so­nal in­te­rests and strengths and to pre­pa­re them for a ci­vic and pro­fes­sio­nal en­ga­ge­ment with the world’s con­tem­pora­ry pro­blems. By de­ve­lo­ping their own li­nes of in­qui­ry and learning, stu­dents shape their edu­ca­ti­on and lay the ground­work for their fu­ture pro­fes­sio­nal ca­re­er.
Careers in Contemporary Society
A key ra­tio­na­le of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is to pro­vi­de stu­dents with the skills, know­ledge and pro­fes­sio­nal dis­po­si­ti­on that are nee­ded for a va­rie­ty of ca­re­ers in con­tem­pora­ry so­cie­ty. The­re is a cle­ar de­mand for ma­tu­re, self-re­li­ant, and self-mo­ti­va­ted gra­dua­tes, who can be trusted to learn quick­ly and who know how to make the best use of their own fa­cul­ties. It is the­se qua­li­ties that the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le brings out of its stu­dents. Stu­dy­ing the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le at Leu­pha­na Col­le­ge the­r­e­by pre­pa­res stu­dents for sustainable, so­ci­al­ly re­le­vant and per­so­nal­ly re­war­ding ca­re­ers.
De­pen­ding on the choices that you make over the cour­se of your stu­dies and the spe­ci­fic pro­fi­le that you de­ve­lop, gra­dua­ting from the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le will enable you to con­ti­nue your stu­dies with a ran­ge of M.A. or M.Sc. pro­grammes. You may find in­no­va­ti­ve, pro­blem-ori­en­ted and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry Mas­ter pro­grammes par­ti­cu­lar­ly attrac­tive and at­tainable. You will be of­fe­red sub­stan­ti­ve ad­vice from fa­cul­ty as to which pro­grammes might be de­si­ra­ble given your per­so­nal in­te­rests, goals and aca­de­mic pro­fi­le.
With or wi­thout a sub­se­quent M.A. de­gree, the li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on that is of­fe­red to you through the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le opens up a wide ran­ge of pos­si­ble ca­re­er paths. Busi­nes­ses, the pu­blic, and non-pro­fit sec­tor, and uni­ver­si­ties ali­ke are ex­pres­sing a gro­wing de­mand for self-re­li­ant, per­so­nal­ly en­ga­ged, and ver­sa­ti­le gra­dua­tes who are trai­ned in ana­ly­ti­cal thin­king and ca­pa­ble of ac­qui­ring and ma­na­ging know­ledge and skills. Among the sec­tors and ty­pes of or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons that re­gu­lar­ly em­ploy and work with gra­dua­tes of li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on pro­grammes are na­tio­nal or in­ter­na­tio­nal NGOs; ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ons, par­li­a­ments and po­li­ti­cal or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons; di­plo­ma­cy and in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons; con­sul­tan­cies, think tanks and re­se­arch in­sti­tu­ti­ons; me­dia and jour­na­lism; cul­tu­ral in­sti­tu­ti­ons, mu­se­ums and the arts, just as uni­ver­si­ties and re­se­arch foun­da­ti­ons.
In which field and po­si­ti­on you will have your first job will si­gni­fi­cant­ly de­pend on your stu­dy choices and achie­ve­ments, ex­tra-cur­ri­cu­lar in­itia­ti­ves and work ex­pe­ri­en­ces, and ge­ne­ral­ly the in­di­vi­du­al pro­fi­le you build at Leu­pha­na. With its em­pha­sis on self-gui­ded learning and ac­ting and its es­pou­sal of crea­ti­ve pro­blem-sol­ving, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le equal­ly en­cou­ra­ges and pre­pa­res for en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al in­itia­ti­ves. Gra­dua­tes of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le are ide­al­ly si­tua­ted to crea­te their own po­si­ti­ons, by hel­ping others iden­ti­fy and sol­ve com­plex pro­blems. Wha­te­ver your choices, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le will pro­vi­de you with a so­lid foun­da­ti­on for your pro­fes­sio­nal jour­ney.
At a Glance
Final degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Admission restriction: yes
Standard course length: 6 semester
Deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
Beginning of the course: October of each year (winter semester)
Number of student places: 39
Teaching and examination language: English and German (no German required)
Semester abroad: possible