The ECTS pilot programme for crediting academic achievement was introduced in 1989 within the European Community and the EFTA nations. It awarded partial scholarships each academic year for one or two semesters abroad. Since 1997/98, this has been continued as the Socrates programme.
Currently, history students can still study in a choice of 23 universities from 14 different nations, and partial scholarships are still being awarded. The old ECTS programme is embedded in an ECTS History Network Curriculum Development Project entitled "The Idea and Reality of Europe". This offers intensive courses each year on different topics. Participation in these intensive courses also leads to credit points.
ECTS applications have to be handed in duplicate to both Monika Bokermann at the International Office and Bettina Brandt in the Department of History. They should include the following:
- Informal letter of application
- Letter of motivation with a sketch of study plans (max. 1 page)
- Curriculum vitae in table form
- Bachelor/Master students: Completion of basic modules and, in some cases, further credit points
- Two references from history lecturers
- List of previously attended courses
- Proof of sufficient language proficiency on the official DAAD form (available from the International Office)
- One passport photo
The 1978 cooperation agreement between the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of History and the Centre de Recherches Historiques at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales makes it far easier for students to study in France.
The cooperation agreement allows Bielefeld students to enrol at the EHESS where they can attend research-oriented seminars that are oriented towards the social sciences and broadly interdisciplinary in nature. You can obtain information on the current research plans and seminar topics from the directory of the EHESS; on registration formalities and scholarship conditions from the livret d'étudiants; and on the courses offered and the conditions for participating in them from the programme d'enseignement.
At present, the only available funding for the EHESS is through normal scholarship applications to, for example, the DAAD. Application forms can be obtained from the International Office (A4 - 129). Applications have to be submitted by 31 October for the following year.
For more information, please contact Bettina Brandt.