Carolin Rotter

Der internationale Studiengang ‚European Culture and Economy‘ an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung


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This article focuses on international study programs at German universities as one part of the ongoing process of internationalisation in higher education. First, the term ‘international study program’ will be discussed since definitions of this term and a list of significant features of an international study pro-gram do still not yet exist. Second, some empirical data will be presented. In a case study the international study program ‘European Culture and Economy’ at the Ruhr-University Bochum was analysed using qualitative (in-terviews, analyses of relevant documents) and quantitative research methods (questionnaire) in order to get a detailed insight into this international study program. The major results will be summarized. Most of the students have an academic family background which raises questions why these students take part in international study programs and what is the added value of such an international program for their career. Following Bourdieu’s theoretical concept international study programs may represent an opportunity for academic elite to distinct themselves from the mass of students.