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Intercultural competences and international academic experience are key skills for an area studies major such as North American studies. Students enrolled in the Masters Degree in North American Studies are encouraged to study at a university outside Germany, for one or two semesters, usually during the second year of their degree. The JFKI and the Freie Universität support students in this venture with adivse and counseling. The university and the institute most importantly maintain contact with many universities in the U.S. and Canada as well as to American Studies programs at European universities, where students can choose to apply.
More information about the Erasmus partner universities as well as North American partner universities is provided by the international office and on the website of the JFKI:
The ERASMUS program offers diverse opportunities for academic exchange within Europe. The John-F.-Kennedy Institute has long-standing relations with more than 25 European universities that include a range of exchange possibilities for MA students and even faculty.
There are various ways to organize and finance a stay in the United States or Canada. In addition to the direct exchange programs of the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and the Fulbright Scholarship Foundation provide funding. Students participating in exchange programs qualify for additional financial aid (Auslandsbafög).