College of Interreligious Studies
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Over a period of one (certificate) or two (master) years, the members of the college live in an intercultural and interreligious community. The College Supervisor supports this and accompanies the collegiate members. Academic studies (for example at the Munich School of Philosophy or equal), interreligious internships and personal reflection form the curriculum of the course:
- Live for one (or two) year(s) in an interreligious and intercultural community in the heart of Munich.
- Study Intercultural Ethic at the Munich School of Philosophy or similar courses at other universities in Munich.
- Deepen your understanding in internships with religions other than your own.
- Share your experiences with others and unite them both academically and spiritually.
- Be part and engage with your personal strengths and interests at the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich.
The aim of the college is to enable participants to actively shape interreligious and intercultural processes both in theory and practice. Scholarship support enables students from diverse backgrounds to participate. Educated Germans, refugees, people with immigration background and international exchange students of different religions (or without any religious affiliation) and cultures study together in German and English at the College.
The college is run by the OCCURSO Institute for Intercultural and Interreligious Encounters. In cooperation with: Stix Stiftung für Völkerverständigung, missio, KAAD, Crossculture Religious Studies Project, weitere Stiftungen und private Untersützer.
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College starts on October 1st and ends on July 31st. .
The start of the college is planned for the winter semester 2022/2023. Studies begin in each winter semester.
The college is open for female, male, diverse students.
Enrolment/application is possible from January 1st, 2022. Deadline for all applications is October 1st, 2022.
Information and application (see: how to apply) by email to:
Melanie Fersi, M.A. (College Supervisor ):
Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting
Please note: New deadline for all applications October 1st, 2022
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OCCURSO- Institut für interkulturelle und interreligiöse Begegnung
OCCURSO- Institute for Intercultural and Interreligious Encounter is the sponsor of the College. OCCURSO is an institute that carries out its tasks in research, education and the promotion of interreligious and intercultural encounter. OCCURSO promotes the naturalistic exchange and mutual learning between people of different religions and cultures, which is also the mission of the College.
More information can be found at www.occurso.org
Haus der Kulturen und Religionen und München - HdKRM
The goal of the founders of the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich is to build a house where people of different cultures and religions can live, learn and celebrate together. The aim is to promote respectful and peaceful social coexistence.
Under the motto: "Unity in Diversity", the goal is to have an impact on society as a visible place in Munich where people of different cultures and religions can meet, live together and learn from each other.
According to the association's vision, rooms for religious practice and a café for meetings are also part of the house.
This makes the House of Cultures and Religions the college's connection to a teaching house with adult education projects and spiritual events.
More information and the current program can be found at:
Haus der Kulturen und Religionen München
The college's rooms and common areas (kitchen and living room) are located in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Bonifaz in the heart of Munich on Karlstraße, not far from Munich's main train station. In addition to the monastery, which is currently home to monks, the complex also includes a public parish, which has become a spiritual home and meeting place for many people.
More information can be found at https://www.sankt-bonifaz.de/
Munich School of Philosophy (HFPH)
The state-recognized college, supported by the Jesuit Order, aims to educate personalities who will continue to shape the future courageously and thoughtfully in the 21st century. The school offers philosophy degree programs (bachelor, master, promotion, habilitation), extended vocational training and certifications for students from all beliefs and those without confession. The campus located on the Kaulbachstraße is only a few meters away from the Bavarian State Library and the English Garden.
The course “Ethics of intercultural dialogue” will be part of the college program. In the winter semester of 2022, the course will be in German. Future courses will be in English. You can also apply for an alternative program at another college in Munich in consultation with the college director if you do not have sufficient German language skills (or have just started learning).
The College at the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich offers the opportunity to (further) qualify for professional fields with interreligious and intercultural negotiation processes. Intercultural and interreligious competencies and experiences are gained and deepened in addition to a corresponding study at a Munich university, especially through practical offers:
- interreligious living together in a monastery in the middle of Munich
- Work experience through internships in a multiprofessional team
- Experiencing and helping to shape the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich
- diverse offers in spiritual practice
- Accompaniment of the learning processes by competent contact persons
The college is completed either with a certificate from OCCURSO, the sponsor of the college, or with a master's degree, from the respective university.
The college course begins in the winter semester and extends over two or four semesters. After one year, the students receive a certificate. One option is the course "Ethics of Intercultural Dialogue" at the School of Philosophy. Alternatively, other studies (also at other universities in Munich) with content-related relevance can be taken in consultation with the College Supervisor. Optionally, a second year can be spent at the College, which is accompanied by the acquisition of a Master's degree. The Master's in Ethics at the College of Philosophy is also an option for this.
Parallel to the theoretical contents, the students get to know the religious diversity in Munich during the first semester within the framework of an internship of a total of 100 hours and establish contacts with religious institutions.
In the second semester, the students deepen their contacts with religious communities in the Munich area through internships and job shadowing for another 100 hours. In this context, the students decide on a final project that is theoretically based and practically implemented.
For those students who decide to do a second year and thus a master’s degree, the third and fourth semesters proceed structurally like the first year of college.
The internships are relocated to the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich, where students can create and test out their own interreligious formats in cooperation with the actors of the House of Cultures and Religions and under the guidance of the College Supervisor .
Participants in the second year take on the role of mentors for the new year. As such, they help you find your way around the college and in Munich and help with questions and problems of practical nature.
Parallel to the theoretical content, the students get to know the religious diversity in Munich during the first semester as part of an internship of a total of 100 hours and establish contacts with religious institutions.
In the second semester the students deepen their contact with religious communities in the Munich area through internships with another 100 hours.
For those students who opt for a second year and thus for a master's degree, the third and fourth semesters run structurally like the first year at the college. The internships take place at the House of Cultures and Religions in Munich, where the students can design and test their own interreligious formats in cooperation with the actors of the House of Cultures and Religions and under the guidance of the College Supervisor.
The internships in the (inter-) religious field are organized by the participants themselves with the respective internship site. The internships are supervised by the College Supervisor and a contact person at the internship site.
In addition to gaining practical experience and knowledge in a religious community or institution that differs from one's own religious tradition and/or cultural imprint, the interns should apply methods they have learned, reflect on their experiences against the background of the theories, questions and approaches learned in their studies with regard to social relevance, and develop ideas for later professional practice. There are already many contacts with various cooperation partners who are potential internship sites.
Crosscultural Religious Studies Project
The Crosscultural Religious Studies Project is an initiative of the University of Salzburg and universities from Munich (HFPH), Nairobi, Yogyakarta, Seoul and New York. The second year of the Master can be completed in one of the partner universities. The interreligious college with the House of Cultures and Religions and the School of Philosophy with its interreligious college study program are project partners. The cooperation opens up the opportunity for students to introduce the Munich research field of interreligious dialogue to other universities.
During the semester and especially during the lecture-free period, there are numerous spiritual offerings for the students. In addition to church services and meditations, these include the obligatory "Spiritual Search for Traces" program designed and tested by OCCURSO.
In this offer, the participants receive a variety of opportunities "to be enriched in the dialogue of religions". The meetings should invite participants to give something by sharing their own religious experiences and receiving something from others.
More information can be found at:
27.10.21 - Spirituelle Spurensuche – Haus der Kulturen und Religionen München (hdkrm.org)
The international dormitory for students wants to be a place of learning for successful encounters that helps to make the mental boundaries of nationality and religion permeable. Together with the house management, students shape the framework that promotes a mutually supportive house community and enables in a common everyday (study) life and in free times a regular exchange, whereby what has been learned is also experienced on a very personal level.
All students are accompanied in their personal and academic development processes by a College Supervisor , who supports them in finding solutions in the event of problems. For this purpose, personal consultation hours as well as regular "college rounds" with all students are planned, in which current personal, content-related and organizational issues are discussed. The College Supervisor is the first contact person for questions regarding the organization of the internship.
College fees vary between €650-1200 per student per month, depending on room size.
It is possible to apply for scholarships. Please ask the College Supervisor as part of the application.
Tuition fees are to be paid to the universities and are not included in the college price.
How to Apply
Studies begin in the winter semester. The college is run by the OCCURSO Institute for Intercultural and Interreligious Encounters.
The start of the college is the winter semester 2022/2023.
Financial support through scholarships can be applied for.
Enrolment/application is possible from January 1st, 2022. Deadline for all applications is September 1st, 2022
- application with covering letter (2 pages)
- curriculum vitae
- academic certification for authorisation of master (bachelor or equivalent)
- language certificates (To participate you need a level of B2 in English. German is an advantage, but can be studied also during the year.)
- possible: references
Contact (consultation and application):
Melanie Fersi (College Supervisor)
An information evening for interested parties will take place on May 17, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Rötting
Melanie Fersi (M.A.)
Studies: German as a Foreign Language, General Linguistics, Intercultural Communication (M.A.) at the LMU Munich
Further Training: Interreligious Dialogue Coordinator
Teacher of German as a Foreign Language, Intercultural Trainer
Promoting understanding and comprehension between people of different backgrounds
Interreligious and intercultural learning
Integration work, empowerment
Intercultural communication situations
Cognitive and cultural linguistics
(Culture-specific) emotion regulation and the underlying concept in verbal expression
Languages, language teaching, language acquisition and multilingualism
Research associate / Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin:
Chairperson: Stefanie Blum-Effenberger
Contact Person for the Academic Program at the Munich School of Philosophy for the module "Ethics of Intercultural Dialogue”:
Prof. Dr. Barbara Schellhammer
Support the College
We welcome any donations for this project at:
BIC: GENODEF1M05, IBAN: DE41750903000002345234
Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colleges is run by Institut OCCURSO für interkulturelle und interreligiöse Begegnung e.V.
In cooperation with:
- Six Stiftung für Völkerverständigung
- Crossculture Religious Studies Project
- weitere Stiftungen und private Untersützer.