Students spend the first semester in Germany where they interact with classmates and professors and have a chance to visit social protection institutions in Germany and neighbouring countries.
The second semester can for the most part be followed online and students have the option of returning to their respective countries or staying in Germany. There will be some flexibility of combining the second semester with other engagements. Those with little job experience or an interest in taking a different career path could for instance do an internship. Others might want to return to their old job on a part-time basis and apply the skills and techniques learned.
At the end of the 2nd semester all students meet again for a summer school to pursue their specialization. They will also have the chance to finish up some of the coursework and discuss their proposal for a Master thesis.