Labour Relations in A Globalized World

International Program


In the current global economy, big companies rule the global value chains and worldwide labour forces. Representation of employees’ interests faces ever new challenges. The Europäische Akademie der Arbeit in der Universität Frankfurt am Main (EAdA) offers a twelve-month academic program in the heart of Europe with a focus on labour relations and the dynamics shaping the trajectory of the world of work in a global context.

The target group of the program is socially-engaged people connected to Israel who have an interest in pursuing a career in the field of labour relations in trade unions, employers’ associations, political parties, public institutions or non-governmental organizations. Both Israel and Germany are forerunners in high-tech industries and innovations. They both have a long history of strong labour movements. By this program, we also aim to contribute to the academic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.

The program offers qualification in labour relations in the contexts of economics, law, and sociology with theoretical and practical dimensions. Participants will have the chance of advancing their German by attending a four-week intensive German course beforehand in Frankfurt.


Aims of the program

At the end of this program, the participants will have a multifaceted knowledge of labour relations in the contemporary globalized world. They will acknowledge the theoretical underpinnings of the labour market in the context of economics, law and sociology. They will be acquinted with the current economic and social controversies and be able to understand the implications of policies and regulations on the labour market. They will gain up-to-date knowledge of the labour relations in Germany on the spot by visits to trade unions, companies, public institutions and NGOs.


  • Duration: 12 months, full-time
  • Begin: September (language course), October (semester start)
  • Language: German
  • Place: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Final assignment: Thesis
  • Pre-semester German course (non-compulsory): An intensive four-week German language course
  • Target group: Participants from Israel with work experience and interest in labour relations
  • Costs: Full scholarship (accomodation and monthly allowance)
  • Excursions: Visits to companies, trade unions, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), employers’ associations, political parties, German Parliament