University of Bayreuth

African Verbal and Visual Arts: Languages, Literatures, Mеdia and Аrt

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Language & Literary Studies, Art Studies & Pedagogy, Global & European Studies, African Studies, Linguistics, Visual Arts, Area & Regional Studies, Journalism & Media Studies, Fine Arts
English only & German language course
Winter semester: 15 Jul/26 Sep
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction 
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in African Verbal and Visual Arts (Languages, Literature, Media, and Art) or Afrikanische Sprachen, Literaturen und Kunst from the University of Bayreuth.

Applications may already be submitted before completion of the bachelor's degree; however, a total of at least 150 credits and a minimum grade of "good" are required by the time of applicatiοn.

GPA (German System) 2.50
GPA Comment

Grade point average of 2.5 or better (according to the German grading scalе).

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min B2
min II
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Specification: Pass or better.
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least C.
min B2 First (FCE)
Specification: At least B.
min 6.5
min 80
min 543
CEFR German
min A1
Specification: To be proven by the end of the second semester at the latest.
min A1
Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch ÖSD Zertifikat
min A1
telc Deutsch
min A1
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no

Additional information:
Good Swahili language skills are a requirement to select Swahili Studies as a focus. A good command of Swahili is deemed to be proven for applicants who obtained their Swahili language skills as part of the Bachelor’s study program in African Verbal and Visual Arts (Languages, Literature, Media, and Art) or in the Bachelor’s study program African Languages, Literature and Art at the University of Bayreuth or an equivalent study program. English language proficiency can also be proven with a German Abitur certificate if it expressly states the language level you have achieved, and this level is based on a KMK directive. German language knowledge can also be proven with an A1 certificate IIK Bayreuth.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Explanation regarding the application period
EU applicants can apply until the end of the enrollment period (Sep. 26) of the respective semester.

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction 
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:


Application Documents

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Enter the favored field of specialization (Afr. Linguistics/Afr. Literatures/Arts, Curational St. & Media in Africa/Swahili Studies/Multidiscipl. Studies).
  3. Grade conversion using the Bavarian Formula.
  4. English language certificate (see language requirements).
  5. German language certificate (see language requirements). It can be obtained during the first year of the program.
  6. Secondary school leaving certificate including subjects and grades (e.g. Abitur, High School Diploma, A-Levels, or equivalent): original language + certified translation in German or English*.
  7. Transcript of records of the bachelor (or for comparable degree) including subjects and grades - at least 150 ECTS points with a final grade corresponding to "2,5" or better on the German grading system: original language + certified translation in German or English*.
  8. The grading scale of the bachelor with the maximum grade and minimum final grade required to be awarded the degree – not for passing individual courses: original language + certified translation in German or English*.
  9. Written presentation of course-specific competencies: motivation letter.

*Certified translation in German or English: only required if the document was not issued in German or Εnglish.


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