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



CRiSS – Contemporary Research in Social Science (lecture series, summer term - CANCELLED in summer 2020)

Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll at the Faculty 02? Almost as good as that – join our 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.


This year's CRiSS lecture series is cancelled because of the corona virus.

We try to provide the exciting programme including research topics like computer games, lies, civil wars… and even Bundesliga at a later time.


Lecture series: Wednesdays 6pm, 2 ECTS

Accompanying blended-learning tutorial for exchange students: Wednesdays 4pm, 3 ECTS

Find out more and visit our website:





Tutorial – Techniques of Academic Work within the German University Context (winter term and summer term - CANCELLED in summer 2020)


The tutorial 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 assumed to be known in many courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

The tutorial's content is coordinatied with the requirements of the seminar "The Social Scientist’s View of Germany" (in winter term). Both courses are open to all incoming students. Thus, we recommend taking part in both the seminar and the tutorial.

In summer term, the tutorial is usually offered as a stand-alone course.

Course work:

To successfully take part in the tutorial (3 ECTS) students have to fulfill the following requirements: Short oral presentation + term paper (focus on formal criteria) + class participation.


CANCELLED: This course will not take place in summer term 2020!



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.





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.

We are keen to welcome students from Mainz and all over the world to participate in a comprehensive intercultural training course. Participants learn about successful intercultural communication and experience Mainz in international teams each consisting of students from Mainz and abroad.

Taught by Ellen Rana, a professional intercultural trainer and academic, participants get to know the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication and apply their knowledge to their own intercultural experience. Students learn to actively shape their own appearance in international contexts and engage successfully in intercultural communication.

Course work:
The course work consists of an exceptional group work experience in mixed teams of German and international student. Former group works included things like procuding a short video or doing field trips and writing a blog about the team experiences.

  • Credits: 3 ECTS and certificate of attendance
  • Participants: open to all students from Mainz and from abroad

How to register:
Exchange students: Please register with the form you get during the InfoDays.

JGU students, please register via JOGU-StINe.

(Course catalogue > Faculty 02 - Social Sciences, Media, and Sports > Interdisciplinary Courses) If you cannot apply within any regular module of your study programme (usually within the modul "Zusatzqualifikationen"), you can always apply via "Studium Generale".




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

Seminar (winter term)
Students of the social sciences from all over the world taking part in this seminar 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 (5 ECTS) students will have to fulfill the following requirements:Oral presentation + written exam + class participation

The seminar will be accompanied by a tutorial (3 ECTS) introducing students from abroad to the techniques of academic work within the German university context.

The seminar and tutorial are open to all incoming students.

We recommend taking part in both the seminar and the tutorial.


The seminar in winter term 2019/2020:

Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45

Colonel-Kleinmann-Weg 2 (SBII), room 02-146


How to register:

Please register with the form you get during the InfoDays.





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).