Studying often means embarking on journeys and crossing borders – sometimes in a literal sense, for example if you are spending a semester abroad – and sometimes in a more abstract sense, like learning a new language. Or, metaphorically speaking, in an interdisciplinary programme which combines different areas of study. At any rate, studying means seeing the world with new eyes by gaining knowledge and then questioning and reflecting upon that knowledge.

And what better place to do that than in a region in which contact and exchange with others has always characterised the way in which people interact with one another?

So we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the German-Danish university programmes presented in cooperation between Europa Universität Flensburg, the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences and the University of Southern Denmark. The programmes send knowledge itself on a journey: over national, academic, cultural and linguistic borders and over the borders between theory and practice. The result is curiosity, a willingness to experiment and intellectual openness – thinking without borders.

Academic Programmes

European Studies
(Master of Arts)

Europa-Universität Flensburg
Double degree: MSc in cooperation with the University of
                                 Southern Denmark, Sønderborg


This Master's programme addresses aspects from social sciences and the humanities, including economic and political theories, European law, the history of European ideas and contemporary history. The mandatory courses cover the three main dimensions of the programme: the European dimension, the regional dimension and the external relations dimension. Students can choose between the areas “Concepts of the EU and Politics of the EU”, “European Business and Economics” and “External Relations of the EU”.

European Studies
(Bachelor of Science)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

The programme offers students knowledge in four different areas: Regional Structures, Economy and Development; Economic Life, Entrepreneurship and Growth Factors; Communication and Culture; Politics, Legislation and Institutions. It builds on areas of study in the humanities, social studies and business economics, and is supplemented by a study of different issues in the fields of regional development and intercultural communication.

European Studies
(Master of Science)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Double degree: MA in cooperation with the
                                Europa-Universität Flensburg


The goal of this Master's programme is to provide students with broad, but specialised knowledge of the political, economic and cultural aspects of Europe as seen in its various regions. This interdisciplinary programme focuses primarily on border regions and their function as laboratories of European integration.

Modern Languages and Intercultural Communication
(Bachelor of Arts)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

This programme focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of language, and gives students the skills they need to solve linguistic and communication problems in their company or organisation,and teach foreign languages to adults. The programme is offered in two different language combinations: German/English for students with Danish as a native language and Danish/English for students with German as a native language.

International Business Communication and Communication Design
(Master of Arts)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

This programme is geared toward students with excellent knowledge of English, German or Danish and a strong interest in communication in intercultural and technical areas. Students gain knowledge and expertise in the following three fields: Document and Communication Design, Human-Technology Interaction and Advanced Language Studies.

Kultur - Sprache - Medien
(Master of Arts)

Europa-Universität Flensburg

This MA programme focuses on the study of cultural modernity in language and literature as well as on culture, art, textiles, media and business at the intersections between the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the North Atlantic Region. It focuses on three main topic areas: Interculturality, Contact and Conflict and Self and Other.



International Management
(Bachelor of Arts)

Europa-Universität Flensburg
This programme provides students with specific knowledge about the different areas of a company, such as human resources, marketing, sales and administration as well as basic knowledge in the area of work and organisational psychology. This multi-faceted programme is rounded off by intensive instruction in the Spanish language and Latin American and Spanish cultural studies.

International Management (BA) & International Business Administration and Modern Languages (BSc)

Europa-Universität Flensburg &
University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

The programme combines a basis in traditional economics with intensive language instruction in English and Danish or German and focuses on areas such as marketing, human resources and organisation management, work and organisational psychology and law. In addition, the students learn methodological and intercultural skills that will help them in their future careers in international companies.

International Management Studies
(Master of Arts)

Europa-Universität Flensburg
Double degree: MSc in cooperation with the
                                University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

The programme is designed around lectures in the areas of research and management, and supplemented by courses designed to develop students' intercultural and linguistic skills. Students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Strategy & Organisation, Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management or Marketing & Media Management.

Business, Language and Culture
(Master of Science)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Double degree: MA in cooperation with the
                                Europa-Universität Flensburg

This programme offers students important qualifications that give them the skills they need to analyse, evaluate and carry out economic tasks within an international organisation. For this reason, the programme combines instruction in economics with research on the sociological, cultural and linguistic factors that influence the decision-making processes in different companies and organisations.

Energy Sciences
(Bachelor of Engineering)

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

This interdisciplinary programme, which focuses on the three areas of Electrical Systems Technology, Regenerative Energy Technology and Energy and Environmental Management, is designed to help students develop technical and economical solutions for problems in the energy sector with the ultimate aim of promoting long-term environmentally-conscious development. The programme includes a professional internship.

Energy and Environment Management
(Master of Engineering)

Europa-Universität Flensburg

This Master's programme deepens the link between engineering and economic learning. The curriculum is based on core lectures in the area of energy management and environmental economics. In addition, the programme offers a wide range of courses in the areas of engineering sciences, business and law to help students specialise in the areas that interest them the most.


Engineering Sciences (Mechatronics)
(Bachelor of Science)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

A degree in Mechatronics prepares students to develop highly sophisticated industrial products – from the concept all the way to the market launch. Students select one of three different areas of focus: Mechanical Engineering, Electronics or Embedded Engineering. During their degree, they are part of an international academic environment in which problem- and project-based learning serve as central components.

Engineering Sciences (Mechatronics)
(Master of Science)

University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg

This programme is based on two pillars: the mandatory Advanced Mechatronics and Scientific Methods course and a student-selected specialisation. For their specialisations, students can choose between four academic disciplines: Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems, Dynamic Mechatronic Systems and Power Electronics.

Universities

Europa-Universität Flensburg


Germany's northernmost university is a young, dynamic institution located in the German-Danish border region. With only 5,000 students, it is one of Germany's smaller universities. Its range of programmes include modern teaching degrees, which draw a large portion of the student body, as well as a number of interdisciplinary and internationally-focused programmes.

University of Southern Denmark


There are three things that make the Sønderborg campus very special: The first is the location. Sønderborg is located only 30 kilometres from Germany, which means that transnational cooperation is a major part of the university's philosophy. In addition, the university offers students in the field of engineering sciences excellent opportunities – cutting edge technical facilities and close cooperation with regional companies make it all possible. And finally, Sønderborg draws students (currently around 1,300) and scientists from all over the world.

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences


This university specialises in programmes in the fields of technology and economics. Its over 4,000 students are offered the opportunity to apply their talents in such cutting-edge areas as regenerative energies and biotechnology. At the same time, the institution honours the maritime tradition of its hometown of Flensburg by training technical and nautical officers at its Maritime Centre.

Cities

Flensburg and Sønderborg are a little like siblings: They share a certain family resemblance, but they also have special characteristics that make them each completely unique. Both cities are located directly on the Baltic Sea and have a strong maritime culture. This not only changes the way its residents spend their free time, it also has a deciding influence on the atmosphere of this border region. Water sports are an essential part of daily life – just as natural to the region and its inhabitants as the willingness to take things easy from time to time.

In terms of character and individual personality traits, Flensburg is the more personable of the two siblings. Particularly on the weekend, people from both sides of the border flock to the city to shop for the day or drink coffee in one of its many hidden courtyards. In the evening, the city revels in bars and restaurants or gathers out on the pier in the summer months. Sønderborg, on the other hand, needs a bit more time to warm up to new visitors. Everything is just a little bit smaller, but just as relaxed and even a touch more familial. Take Sønderborg's active nightlife for example: Everything is clustered in a relatively small area, so it's not unlikely that the people you'll meet at the bar are the same ones who sat next to you in your lecture at the university that very morning.

The job market in the German-Danish region

Border regions often have the reputation of operating on the periphery of the job market. But is that really the case? To answer this question, we asked a number of our alumni to share their views about life and work in the German-Danish region.

Julia, alumna Master International Business Communication and Communication Design,
works at the University of Southern Denmark.
David, alumnus Master Management Studies,
works at Swienty Commodities in Sønderborg.

Hanna, alumna Bachelor International Management,
works at a global enterprise based in the region.

Martin, alumnus Energie- und Umweltmanagement,
serves as Climate Manager of the City of Flensburg.

About the Project

The “Emerging Attraction” project is a joint initiative of four academic institutions in the region of Syddanmark and Schleswig-K.E.R.N. which aims to increase the number of highly-skilled employees in the German-Danish border region. The development and extension of attractive cross-border opportunities for higher education and a strong intraregional networking of companies (employers) and universities (skilled labor) shall contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the border region. To this end, the project places emphasis on targeted cross-border initiatives. In addition to generating positive business development and greater collaboration between industry and academia, the project is aimed at further development of academic skills. Here, the focus lies on the areas of engineering and management.

The “Emerging Attraction” project is a joint initiative of the following institutions:
— Europa-Universität Flensburg
     (Leadpartner)
— Mads Clausen Institute of the
     University of Southern Denmark
— Department of Border Region Studies of the
     University of Southern Denmark
— Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
— Flensburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The project is sponsored by INTERREG 4A Syddanmark-
Schleswig-K.E.R.N.
with the support of the European
Regional Development Fund.