Germany and France are the most important European trading partners for one another, which provides great opportunities for the economy in both countries, but also requires that companies have special skills and knowledge of the respective economic systems, the legal fundamentals and the international context. Directed toward both German and French students, the masterʼs degree program “International Economic Relations”provides insights into exactly these issues. It is offered jointly by the Center for French Studies at the University of Freiburg, the Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne and the University of Strasbourg in France.
The oldest masterʼs degree program at the Center for French Studies began in the 2002/2003 winter semester. Paris was the first partner, followed by Strasbourg in 2010. The program is consciously designed for graduates of all bachelorʼs degree programs, not just economists, says Eva Coydon, director of the Center for French Studies:“About three quarters of the applicants come from the humanities.”During the four-semester long masterʼs degree program, students focus on economics and business administration, intercultural marketing, the fundamentals of civil and European law and the structures of public administration, concentrating on Germany and France as well as an international perspective.