Living and Studying in Leipzig, London, Roskilde, Vienna and Wroclaw


Ghent is a university city in the Flemish Region of Belgium. With a population of 250,000 people it is cosy but still vibrant, offering a medieval flair and a fabulous canalside architecture. It is also called the flower city of Belgium due to its location between large flower breeding areas, from which flowers are sold to all over the world. The seaport, with its rich history going back to the Middle Ages, is an important gateway to and from Europe. Besides being the largest industrial centre in Western Belgium, Ghent is also a cultural centre, with many museums and a lively and creative atmosphere. It is home to nationals from all over the world and very multicultural. You will be able to find a lot of people and organisations offering newcomers a taste of home.

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Ghent University and Centre for Global Studies

Founded in 1817 Ghent university is today one of the major universities in Belgium with over 42,000 higher education students and ranked among the top-100 universities worldwide. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective. With its 11 faculties it offers a wide range of courses and in-depth research is conducted within a wide range of scientific domains. Ghent University has a special focus on world history and political economy of global capitalism, global governance and global justice, combined with specific foci on Europe as a global actor, conflict and development in a globalising world, and area studies of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is one of 5 research platforms in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, launched at Ghent University in 2013. This interdisciplinary research centre unites scholars from Social and Economic Geography; International, EU and Conflict & Development Studies; Economics; Sociology; Global History and Ethics; Human Rights Law and Intercultural Pedagogy– a total of 11 research groups from 6 different faculties – around the critical study of global processes. In keeping with the spatial turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the centre aims to question the boundaries and scales of space and place, focusing on the co-construction of the local and the global, with special attention to the historical and ethical dimensions of economic, political, social and cultural globalisation, and to (local) agency in global processes and world-making projects

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Living costs in Ghent: Students should calculate 800 – 900 Euro per month for living costs.


With half a million inhabitants and 30,000 students (thereof almost 3,000 students from outside of Germany) Leipzig is a charming, student-friendly metropolis located in the heart of Germany. Leipzig is not only an up-and-coming city of academia and the sciences with numerous universities and research institutes, but is also a lively centre of the fine arts, as evidenced by the famous Gewandhaus (the Leipzig Concert Hall), the Thomanerchor (Boys' Choir), the Leipzig Opera, as well as many theatres and museums. The city is also an important centre of finance, trade and media.

Leipzig is famous for its lively student population and its free-spirited cultural scene. Open podium discussions, literary readings and exhibitions characterise this scene, as do small independent cinemas, myriad concerts, pubs and night clubs.

In addition to being a city of cultural interest, the University of Leipzig itself is also a significant cultural institution which has made its treasures accessible to the public in its own museums like the Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum) or the Antikenmuseum (Museum of Antiquity). The Universitätsbibliothek (University's Library), which is over 450 years old, holds also very interesting collections of rare manuscripts.

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Plus, check out an article entitled 'Hypezig' and an article by The Guardian here.

Leipzig University

The University of Leipzig has a long tradition of global orientated and culturally comparative historical research and third-level teaching. Since 1990 the University has built upon this tradition with numerous representatives from the humanities and social sciences participating in international research groups. From this basis a structured, doctorate qualification came into being, first in the form of a series of PhD research colloquiums and, since 2001, in the form of an international PhD programme entitled "Transnationalisation and Regionalisation from the 18th century to the present".

The Global Studies programme is coordinated by the Global and European Studies Insitute (GESI) and involves the participation of academics from various faculties.

This programme of research and doctorate study is accompanied by European wide activities, such as the ESF sponsored programme Representations of the Past: National Histories in Europe, as well as the academic journals history.transnational/geschichte.transnational and Comparativ - Journal of Global History and Comparative Social Studies concerning universal history and the comparative study of societies. The latter journal is the organ of the Leipzig coordinated European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH), a European association of historians working on questions of global history. 
With regard to Regional Studies, the university has at its disposal an unusually broad spectrum of research areas, with a very positive and advantageous level of cooperation between academics from Cultural Studies and Social Science. Comparative methods and the interweaving of analysis form the basis of this collaboration between specialists on African, Eastern Asian, Western Asian, Latin American, North American, Eastern and Western European Studies. This cooperation is based upon research activities and interaction during the teaching of modular programmes. The central research theme which links the work of academics from various disciplines concerns the spatiality of social and cultural processes and, in reference to the current stage of globalisation, the contemporary process of de- and re-territorialisation. This thematic field incorporates the work of research groups from the University of Leipzig across the Human Sciences as well as Human Geography.

Strong cooperation connects the GESI to extra-University research institutions in Leipzig like the Centre for the Study of History and Culture of East-Central Europe and the Institute for Regional Geography.  

The institute works in close relationship with the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig and organizes its PhD-programmes under the roof of the Research Academy Leipzig.

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Living costs in Leipzig: Students studying in Leipzig should calculate around 650-720 Euro for living costs per month.


As capital of the UK and with more than 7.5 Million inhabitants coming from all over the world, London is a really vibrant city and melting pot. The entainment district is focused around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, where you can find a really huge variety of theatres, cinemas and pubs. It will be hardly impossible to get bored in this city.

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London School of Economics and Political Science and Global Economic History

The MSc Global History (which students will follow whilst at LSE) was developed in response to the maturation of global history as a field; by the contribution of economic history and social science based approaches to the framing and content of the field; and by the increasing involvement of members of the department in this area. To achieve coherence and rigour, the focus is specifically on economic change considered in its cultural, social and political contexts.

The Department of Economic History has recently undertaken a worldwide comparative research project with colleagues from various European universities, Japan, India and North America. The project dealt with the formation, development and functions of global markets, the geo-political and imperial context of economic activities, the role of religious morality, ideology, culture and familial systems for economic growth, systems of production, the use of knowledge for economic processes and the convergence and divergence of living standards. Between 2003 to 2008 ten international conferences took place  and members of the project contribute to the teaching of the "Global History" course of study in London, and the European Masters programme in "Global Studies”.

Living costs in London: Students admitted to the LSE should be ready to spend at least 1,300 Euro per month for living costs.


In the Middle Ages, Roskilde was the country's capital as well as a major religious centre of Scandinavia.
The town has a famous cathedral, dating back to the twelfth century, which among other things is the official burial place for Danish royalty.

Today, Roskilde (population: 52,000) is a centre for research and education. Besides a large number of educational institutions, the town boasts Risø National Laboratory, the Centre for Advanced Technology, the National Road Laboratory, the Danish Meat Research Institute and Roskilde University.

The number and diversity of research and educational institutions in Roskilde creates an active and lively environment. The town's modern cultural significance is greatly enhanced by an annual rock and pop music festival, The Roskilde Festival. Finally, its economic vitality is maintained by a varied and substantial industrial sector.

There are approximately 1250 rooms to let for students in Roskilde. However, a large proportion of the students attending Roskilde University have chosen to live in nearby Copenhagen going back and forth to the university each day by train. The journey from Copenhagen Central Station to Trekroner Station at the University is approximately 20-25 minutes. The Greater Copenhagen Area has around 1.8 million inhabitants.

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Roskilde Univeristy and Global Studies

Roskilde University is a state university founded in 1972 with the objective of providing research and education at the highest level in the fields of natural science, social science and humanities.

The Global Studies programme is organized around three themes. Each theme has a disciplinary bias, but students are encouraged to approach the themes from a multi-disciplinary perspective in their projects and during class discussions. The mandatory courses frame the topic areas of the student projects. Each course corresponds to one of the three themes of the programme. The supplementary seminars change each semester to reflect on-going research projects undertaken by the faculty staff members giving the seminars.

Living costs in Roskilde: Students in Roskilde should be ready to spend around 1,000 Euro per month for living expenses.


Vienna, the capital of Austria (over 1.6 million inhabitants) is one of the great cultural centres of Europe with a continuous history of more than 2000 years. It is a thriving international city, integrating the rich inheritance of a glorious past with a dynamic approach to the modern world. As a seat of numerous international organisations and an important turntable for business enterprises, Vienna is at the same time a city of operas, concert halls, theatres, universities, museums, and, last but not least, of coffee houses and "Heurigen".

University of Vienna and Global Studies

At the University of Vienna there has been, for many years, a conscious effort to advance global historical themes within the humanities and cultural studies. This found expression with a lecture series called the 'Ringlectures', in which interdisciplinary cooperation as well as international networks were given due attention. These efforts have intensified since 2002 and a "Global History" module has regularly been offered as part of the Magister course in "History/ Social and Economic History". The main focus of attention in relation to the area of "Global History" has, in the organisational as well as the conceptual sense, been influenced by the discipline of History.Yet, from the very beginning, there has been a definite sense of cooperation at the University of Vienna between "Global History" and the well established "Area Studies" such as African, Japanese, Chinese, Oriental, Southern Asia, Tibet and Buddist Studies, but also with Human Geography. This academic exchange has continually intensified in the last few years and has exhibited itself in the publication series "Edition Weltregionen" and "Edition Weltgeschichte" (World history), in which not only the lecturers from the "Global History" module in Vienna were involved, but also colleagues from the other partnership universities.

Living costs in Vienna: If you do spend a study period in Vienna you should calculate around 750-800 Euro per month for living costs.


One of the Wroclaw’s distinctive features is arguably its waterways: 12 islands with 112 bridges to explore. The city stands out today with its booming economy a very dynamic society and, most recently, ambitions to organize the EXPO. As a city of good educational and employment opportunities it became an attractive place to live. Its population grew to 650,000 inhabitants.

Wroclaw became also one of the “must sees” in Poland, encouraging tourists to stop somewhere other than Krakow. Wroclaw offers a huge variety of bars, pubs, cinemas and theatres, museums and places of worship. It also hosts each year different theatre and music festivals.

University of Wroclaw and the Institute of International Studies

The Institute of International Studies (ISM) is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wroclaw. Since many years its main fields of research has been global governance, international economic relations, international communication, transition in post-communist countries and development economics. Most recently the ISM has been involved in international projects on European and global governance and development problems in Africa. The interest for global studies has emerged from expanding program of studies in international relations and cooperation with researchers of other faculties, in particular from the field of law and economics. The general foundation of the global studies idea is the problem of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, which has created paths out of the communist system, but lead into very diversified institutional solutions adjusting the countries to the global environment. The goal of the approach is to systematize this answers looking at some selected fields, like transitional justice, public communication, security and economic systems. The next step for the global studies at ISM will be a broader comparison of these solutions with tendencies in other regions of the world.

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Living costs in Wroclaw: The monthly living costs in Wroclaw is around 550 Euro.