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A focus of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute is the training of young professional talent in the field of comparative development studies. In particular, Institute members regularly offer courses at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Freiburg on topics that draw on the ABI's areas of research. Over and above this, Institute members also actively participate in teaching programmes in related disciplines (environmental governance, sociology, etc.) at the University of Freiburg and other universities in Germany and abroad.

Besides their involvement in the seminar programme, Institute members also supervise master's theses and doctoral dissertations in cooperation with the University of Freiburg. The ABI also offers students the possibility of a course-related internship.

Also in cooperation with the University the Institute awards the Arnold Bergstraesser Price to young academics annually.

Beyond the university, the ABI also contributes its expertise to continuing education events, e.g. in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenbeit (GIZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).