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Political Science

Polyvalent dual-major bachelor's degree program - Major field (with secondary-school teaching degree option)

Are you familiar with the world of politics? Have you always wanted to know how parties campaign for voters and how they are influenced by parties? How ASEAN operates politically, or how Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau have influenced our political thinking? The Political Science degree at the University of Freiburg offers you wide-ranging studies on which you can learn about every aspect of the subject.

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Political Science sees politics as a social construct and attempts to provide systematic explanations for social and political phenomena. It studies political processes, state and civil society stakeholders and institutions. The aim is to find out how social coexistence is organized and in the best case also to give an idea of how it could be improved.
At the University of Freiburg, unlike other universities, we cover every discipline of political science. You will acquire extensive fundamental knowledge enabling you to pursue your own special interests at the end of your studies.

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University): Selection procedure (35 places)
(Average grade in the German higher education entrance qualification and, where applicable, extracurricular activities)

Germans and EU citizens: 90% of study spaces are granted in a selection procedure and 10% after a waiting period. Non-EU citizens (without German school-leaving certificate): do not take part in this selection procedure. Study spaces are granted according to a quota of 8% of the available spaces.

Remark: Please check again at the beginning of the application period to make sure that the admission requirements for this degree program have not changed in the meantime.

Further information on the selection process for German nationals, non-German nationals educated in Germany and EU nationals can be found on the faculty web pages

Higher semesters:

free admission

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: 1 June – 15 July
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

Political science aims at scientific analysis of the “political” in all of its facets. In particular, the course of study focuses on various forms of government, political institutions, and leadership structures, as well as their social and economic foundations and the values on which they are based. Owing to the methods applied and the questions dealt with in political science, the field has many points of contact with other disciplines, e.g., law, economics, history, sociology, and philosophy. This broad disciplinary scope led one of the early practitioners of political science (Arnold Bergstraesser) to refer to it as a “synoptic science.” However, the field has also been subject to an increasing specialization in the past decades. Today it is common to draw a basic distinction between the subdisciplines “political theory and the history of ideas,” “comparative government” or “comparative analysis of political systems,” and “international politics.” In basic terms, the field of political science deals, first, with the preconditions, criteria, and general framework of politics and political action, second, with the analysis of political processes, and third, with the study of special fields of politics, such as developmental politics, environmental politics, or gender politics. In the first case it is interested particularly in the legal, economic, and societal foundations of politics. The central concept in this context is “constitution,” both in a direct and a metaphorical sense. The analysis of political processes and their actors, on the other hand, focuses on the concepts of “power” and “conflict”: How do politicians acquire, maintain, and pass on power? How are conflicts dealt with and regulated in a national and international context? Finally, research on fields of politics concentrates on the actors involved in the particular fields and the question of how political decisions are reached and implemented in them. These three dimensions refer both to politics in the national and the international sphere. These three areas may be approached from an empirical, historical, or theoretical stance. In order to meet scientific standards, the political scientist must explain which approach is being applied and carefully document each step of the argumentation.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Political Science by students who started their Polyvalent dual-major bachelor's degree program in the winter semester 2015/16 or later:

Biology | Chemistry | German | English | French | Geography | History | Greek | Computer Science | Italian | Catholic Theology | Latin | Mathematics | Philosophy/Ethics | Physics | Economic Science | Russian | Spanish | Physical Education | Chinese

It is possible to study music at the Freiburg University of Music. Make sure to inquire about the admission requirements Please inform yourself in advance about the admission modalities there. You can combine any teaching subject at the University of Freiburg with the artistic subject of music.
Please also note that it is not possible to be admitted as a student teacher with a combination of any of the following fields: Catholic theology, Protestant theology, Jewish theology, Islamic religious studies. It is not possible to combine one of these fields with philosophy/ethics either.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise before, at the beginning and during your studies. The School of Education "Freiburg Advanced Centre of Education" (FACE) offers advice specifically for those interested in studying to become a teacher. If you have any further subject-specific questions, you can also contact the relevant student advisory service.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr.  Angela Geck
Seminar für Wissenschaftliche Politik
KG IV, Raum 4312
Rempartstraße 15
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3467

Im Büro in der Regel Mo und Mi, 14-15 Uhr

Freie Termine und Anmeldung siehe:


Per Zoom in der Regel Fr 14-15 Uhr

Freie Termine und Anmeldung siehe:


Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.

The tables with the results of the last selection processes allow you to see the assigned grade/number of points in the selection process which would have sufficed and what the waiting period would have been to secure admission. The assigned grade/number of points is based by subject on the average grade or weighted grades achieved in the German higher education entrance qualification, on test results and/or outcome of the selection interview, and also on professional or practical experience in the respective subject.

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» List of results [de]

Applicants who are not nationals of EU member states or of signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or who are not equivalent to Germans pursuant to Section 1 (2) No. 2-3 HZVO (Baden-Württemberg University Admission Regulations) and/or do not hold a German higher education entrance qualification may not take part in the lottery procedure.

Lottery procedures are conducted in subjects with restricted admission where places are still available. Should places still be available after the final waiting list procedure, these are allocated in a lottery procedure. Application for participation in the lottery procedure must be made online and separately for each degree programme to which admission is sought. The application period for the winter semester is from 1 September to 30 September and for the summer semester from 1 March to 31 March. Applications received earlier or later than stipulated will not be considered.

The online application portal for the lottery procedure is only open during the application period.