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Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Language and Literary Studies, Global & European Studies, Linguistics, English Studies, American Studies
No. of places
English only
Winter semester: 31 May/30 Sep
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or an equivalent). You should preferably have studied English or American Studies as a major subject, or at least have qualifications in subjects related to the program.

English majors must have taken 180 ECTS CP (European Credit Transfer System), English minors must have taken at least 54 ECTS CP. English language practice, English and/or American literary studies and/or linguistics must have comprised at least ¼ of your studies.

You must have written at least one substantial academic research paper (10-15 pages) in English on English/American literature or linguistics.

GPA Rate 2.50
GPA Comment

A final grade of 2.5 (German standard) or better.

Language Requirements

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

CEFR English
min C1
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Alongside the entry requirements, our admission committee will assess both your language proficiency and competencies relevant for the Master's program on the basis of your writing sample, grades and motivation statement. Thus, additional language proficiency certificates like IELTS, CAE or TOEFL are not required for admission. German language proficiency is not an admission requirement as the language of instruction in the program is English. However, it is highly recommended to gain basic knowledge of German, as it will be essential to dealing with administrative matters.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:January 01 (German)January 01 (EU)January 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
Spring semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
No. of places available:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

You will be asked to fill in your personal information and to upload the following documents as pdf files:

  1. Notarized copy of your Bachelor's diploma indicating the final grade.
  2. Academic writing sample (research paper/essay/BA thesis) on English or American literature and/or linguistics.
  3. Certified copy of your Transcript of Records, translated to English if necessary.
  4. Motivation statement, indicating your intended study focus on either literary or cultural studies or linguistics.
  5. Curriculum Vitae and photograph.

Please note:

  1. When you write your grade in the application form, please give the exact grade or score (in numbers). Specifications like "excellent" or "good" are only accepted if your university uses this grading system exclusively. To avoid any errors, please include the grading system off your certificate.
  2. Documents in languages other than English or German have to be translated and certified.
  3. Since the assessment is online-only, you don't need to send the university any hard copies of your documents.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website