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 own 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 program of study in the Liberal Education tradition. Programs of this kind focus on the intellectual and personal development of each individual student. They emphasize 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 programs 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, 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 program, the Studium Individuale offers you a rich and meaningful education while also providing you with a sound basis for a variety of Master programs, 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 it an English-taught program?
The Studium Individuale is an internationally oriented program. Its own core courses are held entirely in English. An increasing number of Leuphana majors, such as Digital Media or International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship, as well as some courses in the Complementary Studies program, are equally taught in English.
In the majority of courses that you might choose that are offered at Leuphana, the language of instructions is German.
Is the Studium Individuale an international program?
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 USA.
Curriculum and Teaching Method
What are the core courses? What is their purpose?
A constitutive part of the Studium Individuale is the specifically designed academic core, the intellectual backbone of the program. Each semester, one core course is taken. They are interdisciplinary, of high intensity, and taught in English. Here, particular emphasis is paid to learning and practicing important academic skills, such as close reading, convincing oral presentations, essay writing and working in teams. Choosing the major in Studium Individuale implies also choosing these core courses.
The overarching theme addressed in all courses of our core is ”modern freedom”. Students are engaging in central questions that are crucial for both understanding and taking action in the contemporary world: What is valid knowledge? How can we understand and evaluate historical change? How can we identify problems that matter to people? What are possibilities for, limits to and consequences of action? How can we use our (academic) freedom to make a meaningful difference in the world?
How does the freedom of choice work exactly? Are there any limitations?
The Studium Individuale allows you to study questions that you are interested in and want to explore in depth. You are asked to take courses from different fields and to consciously make meaningful connections across the different courses that you take. This is what we mean when we say that the Studium Individuale is an interdisciplinary program.
The rationale of the Studium Individuale is, in other words, not to simply study a number of different subjects alongside each other, but to draw together contents and approaches from different fields to explore your own questions.
For the formal rules, please take a look at the “Fachspezifischen Anlage”, the officially binding document that specifies formal curricular requirements of the Studium Individuale.
Is there a specific teaching method in the Studium Individuale?
Committed to a contemporary Liberal Education, we cultivate a personal, engaging and challenging learning environment in the Studium Individuale. We focus on going beyond the confines of single disciplines.
We are striving for interactive and dialogue-oriented seminars that incorporate your own experiences and provide space for self-directed learning. We address important contemporary themes while at the same time aiming at high academic standards. We do not, however, follow one single teaching method as other programs of our kind do.
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 liberal education programs such as 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. programs. You may find innovative, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary Master programs particularly attractive and attainable. You will be offered substantive advice from faculty as to which programs might be desirable in view of 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 organizations that regularly employ and work with graduates of liberal education programs are national or international NGOs; administrations, parliaments and political organizations; diplomacy and international organizations; 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.
About the School
Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More