Double Degree Option - Karls-University Prag

Exchange Option in the Master Program Politics and Public Administration

Supported by the DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Programme Overview

The Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz offers a Double Master's Option in the Master's programme Politics and Public Administration in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles-University Prague. Besides the MA degree from Konstanz, students can decide between  programmes in "MA in International Security Studies (MISS)" or "MA in International Relations (MAIN)" from Charles University.

The degree programme offers three students, interested in the fields of international relations, international conflict-management and international administration, the possibility of spending one year at each university. Through well-founded training in political science research methods, students gain analytical skills in order to answer these and other political-scientific questions.


Students profit from ideal conditions at both universities, which pave the way for successful and enriching studies: personal consultation, small classes, strong connection between research and education, outstanding libraries and international surroundings. Besides the studies, the cities Prague and Konstanz offer a broad range of activities due to their unique location: whether Lake Constance, mountains or the cultural offerings of the vibrant Czech capital. Both cities offer a variety of possibilities to explore new facets of life.

The combination of these two departments, with international reputation in terms of research and education, provides the students with an ideal preparation for a prospective conferral of a doctorate. In this respect, students have the possibility to get involved in research projects. This can be regarded as an excellent stepping stone into a scientific career.

The international focus and high quality of education prepares the students in an optimal way for a national or international career – be it in either the public or private sector. Students will be especially qualified for occupations in the field of Czech-German cooperation.

Further, the alumni-network of the University of Konstanz facilitates the launching of your career in international organizations, national governments and administration, non-governmental organizations or the private sector. Many personal contacts to former students of the University of Konstanz who are working at all levels of the institutions, contribute to this aim.

Study Conditions

Fields of Specialization

Students can choose one of two fields of specialization:

Course language

Mainly English, it is possible to choose elective courses in German

Master thesis

The final thesis is written in English and is supervised by lecturers from both institutions. If the second year is spent in Prague, please note that the final thesis is usually longer than a final thesis written in Germany. The topic of the thesis needs to be registered at Charles University before the Christmas break.

Duration of studies

4 semesters

Number of study places

3 places for students of the University of Konstanz, 3 places for students of the Charles University Prague.

Tuition fees

All students are enrolled at the University of Konstanz for the whole duration of their studies. Enrolled students pay an administrative fee of € 160 per semester at the University of Konstanz during the entire study time. Students that do not hold the citizenship of an EU or EEU member state have to pay an additional tuition fee of € 1500 per semester. The most relevant information about these fees have been collected on the website of the Student Service Centre at the University of Konstanz.

Students selected by the University of Konstanz no not have to pay tuition fees at Charles University Prague.

Scholarships and Financial Support

As no tuition fees are to be paid during the exchange year at Charles University Prague, students from Konstanz can obtain an Erasmus-scholarship.

Students holding the German citizenship can apply for a DAAD-scholarship which is, from a financial point of view, more attractive than Erasmus. Students have to keep in mind the application deadlines at the DAAD. 

Students holding the German citizenship can apply for finanical aid from the state, 'Ausland-Bafög'.

Admission Process Prague at Beginning of Year 2

Please hand in at Charles-University Prague

- completed application form
- copies of all relevant diplomas and transcripts
- short academic curriculum vitae (resume) detailing all relevant qualifications and experience
- motivation letter
- students who are not native speakers should also include details of any tests of the English language they have taken

- All relevant documents must be submitted to the Charles University Prague in the second semester, before 15th of April latest.