Germany, Class of 2019
Currently in his 1st year of ISS
“The first encounter I had with the ISS program was at the Open House event the university offers, almost two years prior to becoming a student at Jacobs. Initially, I had attended the Open House to get information about a different program and had not taken any closer look on the ISS program by then. At the Open House event, I was drawn to the ISS booth and got to know how passionate the students and faculty are about their program. Under the name “Integrated Social Sciences“, I got to know that students in this program have the ability to get a holistic view of current and pressing issues from four prominent social sciences at the same time, namely economics, political science, sociology and mass communication.
After being here for a little more than one semester now, I can truly say that this has been the case for me. I get to think about issues in our world today from many different perspectives and the classes in the different disciplines complement each other really well, to indeed one whole picture, which I enjoy a lot. I think in terms of analytically approaching current issues that affect all of us, this program offers fantastic tools.
Besides the curriculum itself, the vibrant and very diverse student body with students from all around the world enriches in-class discussions immensely and challenges your assumptions of the world on a regular basis.
One last point I want to mention are the very helpful and diverse alumni who graduated in this program. Since ISS has been around from the beginning of this university on, many alumni are there to answer questions. At the ISS homecoming initiated for this program, I got to know many of them and was impressed by their experience after the program and how they have benefitted from ISS. Besides prestigious graduate schools, many ISS students have moved on to interesting jobs in so many different fields. It really came across that ISS keeps possibilities open and prepares you for many different directions.”
USA/Germany, Class of 2019
Currently in her 1st year of ISS
“I initially wanted to focus my studying on politics and history at Jacobs University, until I was introduced to the ISS program. ISS has impressed me with the variety of courses offered – the combination of political science, economics, sociology and communication science permits the development of a well-rounded perspective in these subjects, yet allows the freedom to go in-depth and focus my interests.
I have always been interested in how today’s media has influenced politics worldwide and the viewpoints of society itself. With Jacobs promoting diversity, studying in a multicultural environment truly enhances the ISS program, as students from different backgrounds provide valuable perspectives in the classroom. It is an experience and education you cannot find elsewhere. ISS empowers me and I feel the knowledge I will gain in this program can be applied to the real world in limitless ways.”
Ruxian Li (Celeste)
China, Class of 2018
Currently in her 2nd year of ISS
“Hello, I am Ruxian Li (Celeste), an Integrated Social Sciences student from Jacobs Class of 2018. ISS has provided me with a transdisciplinary approach to understand and analyse a wide range of social issues, through the study of communication, political sciences, economics and sociology. I have been fascinated by this study cohort, because it not only enlightens me with holistic and comparative perspectives of different social and organizational issues, but also equips me with solid and practical problem-solving techniques. Thanks to the ISS study program, I have the opportunity to learn from experienced and inspiring professors. They are very accessible and have helped me a lot on academic issues. More importantly, ISS connects me with a large alumni network, from which I have got to know numerous fellows working in various sectors. I am very satisfied with my ISS study and would like to recommend that, ISS is the best option to be.”
Philippines/Singapore, Class of 2018.
Currently in her 2nd year of ISS
“I studied Mass Communication in a pre-tertiary institution in Singapore, and one thing that convinced me to apply for ISS is the fact that while I can pursue my interests in media communication studies, I also have the opportunity to learn about political sciences and sociology under ISS. I now appreciate the importance of taking a transdisciplinary approach in the social sciences! No single aspect of the social sciences can stand alone; for example, the media is definitely going to be influenced by sociology or politics, and vice-versa. As an ISS student, I have the advantage of looking at social issues that affect our everyday lives with an all-rounded perspective.”
Saad Asar Jalees
Pakistan, Class of 2017
Currently in his final year of ISS
“ISS offered an incredible selection of courses. It touched upon very relevant topics in Politics, Media Studies and Sociology. It’s such a beautiful integration of interdisciplinaries that it’s honestly a miracle that nothing has been sacrificed to achieve this synergy. In my three years studying in Jacobs, I can confidently say that the things I have learnt have all been relevant and applicable to the real world.
It also helps that the professors are some of the finest people I’ve had the pleasure of being a student for. They are very passionate about their fields and are so enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge that it encourages a very friendly atmosphere. The same applies to the students who take ISS along with you; they are passionate about their major and are not taking out of necessity. They’re genuinely interested in the subject matter and it shows in the interactions I’ve had with my cohorts over the years; the different perspectives are very welcome and make the classes entertaining to partake in.
The number of doors ISS has opened up for me is staggering. There are such a wide variety of professions that I can pursue and it comes with the guarantee that I will thrive in them; that’s such an amazing confidence boost.”