We offer several courses especially designed for exchange students and German students who want to make their studies a more interdisciplinary and international experience.



Beyond Clichés – German and International Students in Intercultural Exchange (intercultural training and media project, winter term)


“Please continue to offer this course! It will be a great supplement to the regular course of studies for any student in Mainz by nurturing intercultural proficiency, understanding and tolerance. Our generation benefits and struggles with the burden and blessing of globalisation, therefore I think that this course is a chance for anyone to get a glimpse of the required skills connected to living in a thriving global community.”

(Participant's feedback from Winter 2017/2018)


Beyond Clichés is an exceptional and cross-disciplinary course where you develop your skills in successful intercultural communication and experience Mainz as an international team. You get to know fellow students from Mainz and abroad.

Find out more and visit our website:




Tutorial – Techniques of Academic Work within the German University Context (winter term and summer term)

Course description

The tutorial (3 ECTS) introduces students from abroad to the techniques of academic work within the German university context. By attending this tutorial students will be able to meet the formal requirements concerning literature research, oral presentations and term papers which are also very useful for other courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

Course Work: To successfully take part in the tutorial, students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Short oral presentation + term paper + class participation - In the tutorial, the students obtain 3 ECTS credits for participation, written term paper, short oral presentation, and homework assignment.

Time: 14:15 - 15:45 (GMT+1) | Introductory session: 23th April 2021; 14:15 - 15:45

Location: The tutorial is offered online with alternating live-sessions and independent sessions. Further information will follow after registration.

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission.

Link: Course catalogue



Courses by Israel professor Yossi David

Additionally, students can elect to attend courses by Isreal professor Yossi David.

The courses will be held in English and are open to all students of JGU.


See his website for further information.





The Social Scientist’s View of Germany (seminar, winter term)

Course description

Students of the social sciences from all over the world taking part in this seminar (5 ECTS) will get the opportunity to view Germany from various perspectives within the social sciences. The seminar will provide insights into a wide range of topics related to German society, politics, media and culture.

The lecturers, who are social scientists themselves, will teach and discuss different perspectives on the multiple course topics. Within the seminar‘s interdisciplinary approach students are encouraged to contribute by actively sharing their views on the topics at hand as the seminar’s concept is a highly interactive one.

To successfully take part in the seminar students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Oral presentation + written exam + class participation

In the seminar, the students obtain 5 ECTS credits for participation, written exam, oral presentation, and homework assignment.

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45 (GTM+1)

Location: The seminar is scheduled as a hybrid format comprising presence and online dates. Introductory session: 4th November 2020; 16:15 - 17:45 (online)!  Further information will follow after registration.

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue




CRiSS – Contemporary Research in Social Science (lecture series, summer term)

Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll? We can keep up!

In an interdisciplinary lecture series, members of the Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports present their current research projects and provide insight into their research activities.A great variety of topics is covered each summer.

Everybody is Welcome!

The lectures are held in English to also enable an international exchange - with international students as well as visiting researchers.

Lecture series: Wednesdays 6pm, 2 ECTS

With accompanying blended-learning tutorial for exchange students: Wednesdays, 4pm, 5 ECTS

Find out more on our website:





More courses and general information

The Gutenberg International School (GIS) provides an overview of

  • special courses for incoming students in German and English (like the ones offered by our faculty described above)
  • regular courses offered in foreign languages
  • information on types of courses and how to find specific courses in the general course catalogue (as downloadable JOGUStINe Guide)
  • a list of Academic Advisors for exchange students - the people you need to contact in order to enroll


You can use JOGU-StINe for setting up your Learning Agreement without a JGU account:

  1. Click on "Course Catalogue" (or "Vorlesungen" in the German version) at the top of the page.
  2. Choose the respective semester on the left.
  3. You get an overview of all the faculties at our university. For our faculty, click on "Fachbereich 02: Sozialwissenschaften, Medien und Sport".
  4. After that you can choose the respective subject and courses.

Please check with your home university if and how courses can be integrated in your schedule (for example if you are not a student of the respective department).