Field courses are the centerpiece of first year´s course work. Every year at least two courses (5 ECTS-credits each) are offered in each of the three key areas. In the first year students may choose 5 field courses in 2 different areas that are close to their research interests.
Given the fact that VGSE students are already familiar with the basis in the three subject areas, there are no strictly obligatory courses to be followed.
2nd and 3rd year students have to follow some field courses. This is to stimulate interaction between students of different cohorts and to guarantee that students of later cohorts remain in close collaboration with the VGSE activities.
VGSE regularly invites guest professors to teach various field courses over the years. The list of field courses will also vary because not all faculty members will teach every year.