European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder

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European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder
(Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder)


  1. You will be welcomed in an excellent international research environment in the heart of Europe.
  2. International cooperation is part of our DNA.
  3. We are genuinely committed our research to overcome disciplinary boundaries.
  4. In a small university you will easily develop close cooperation with other researchers and mentors.
  5. Your research will give a contribution to the process of European Integration.
  6. You can count on excellent services to advance your career and foster your personal development.
  7. We are a welcoming and family-friendly university.


The European University Viadrina is a 7000-students University located on the German side of the German-Polish border, with its students coming from over 90 countries. It has a special focus on the Social Sciences and the Humanities and is organised into three Faculties: Social and Cultural Sciences; Law; Business Administration and Economics. Several independent assessments recognize the University as one of the most international universities in Germany. About a quarter of the University's students and researchers come from other countries. Moreover, the University cooperates with a wide range of international universities and institutions. Together with the University of Poznań it manages the Collegium Polonicum, a research and teaching institution located on the Polish border side. 


Since its re-foundation in 1992 key missions of the European University Viadrina have been to promote internationality and interdisciplinary research, to foster the development of the East-West relationships and therefore to give a substantial contribution to the overall European integration.

As an innovative research and teaching institution with a unique profile and geographical lo­ca­tion, the University has undertaken an important bridging function between Western and Cen­tral-Eastern Europe. The University's vision is to be recognized as a small but excellent and leading university in the heart of Europe.



Key-Research Areas
The profile of the European University Viadrina is characterized by two key-research areas: “B/Orders in Motion” (see also the Viadrina Center B/Orders in Motion) und “Language – Media – Communication”. Research in these areas is carried out jointly by the three university faculties (Social and Cultural Sciences; Law; Business Administration and Economics). Moreover, major research is conducted in the interdisciplinary project “RECAP15” (Re-thinking the Efficacy of International Cli­mate Agree­ments after COP15) that involves two faculties: Law and Business Administration and Economics. Further central research foci are being pursued in interfaculty institutes.

The Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences host disciplines such as Cultural History, Comparative Social Sciences (including Social and Cultural Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy and Cultural Management), Linguistics and Literature. They all have a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and in particular on German-Polish relationships.

Besides investigating general questions and theoretical problems in the disciplines of social and cultural sciences, research focuses particularly on the following issues:

- Border studies

- Transformation research

- Transnational values and processes of “Europeanization of Europe”

- Identities and cultures in the context of globalization

- Interculturalism, cross-language and culture comparison

- Cultural heritage

- Diaspora, exile and migration research

- Media and communication (including Applied Linguistics and Gesture Studies)

- Religion and Modern Age

The Faculty of Law has increasingly turned out to be an important center of excellence for European Union Law (see also Jean-Monnet Centre of Excellence / Frankfurt Institute for European Union Law)
. Beside this key area, international and interdisciplinary research is conducted in the following fields:

- International Law

- German and Polish Law

- History of Law

- Ethics, esp. Medical Ethics and Bioethics

- Mediation, Conflict Management and Compliance

- Media Law

The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics is divided into four institutes. Research in Economics focuses on the fields of Finance and International Economics, especially on:

- Financial markets (with special focus on Central and Eastern Europe)

- International economic relations in the EU

- International environmental economics

- Behavioral Economics

Business Administration research covers all the classical business spheres. In the field of Information and Operations Management for example:

- Supply Chain Management and Logistics

- Business information systems

- Globalization of Information Management and Technologies

In the field of Management and Marketing the following topics are central: 

- Strategic management and strategic controlling

- Marketing, Consumption Behavior and Marketing Communication

- Intercultural Transfer of Human Resource and Mar­keting­ stra­te­gies

In the field of Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Taxation one major aspect is International Taxation with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Poland and Ukraine.

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