University of Göttingen

East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: History, Ancient Studies, Cultural Studies, Language and Literary Studies, Global & European Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies
English only
Winter semester: 01 Jun
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in sinology or a closely related subject.

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.
Required ECTS credits: 180.

Provisional access is granted to those who have not yet completed their studies at the time of application, but who have earned at least 150 credits in a bachelor's degree program or an equivalent degree program relevant.

The prerequisite for the professional relevance of the preliminary study is proof of at least the following achievements:

  1. Services in sinology amounting to at least 120 credit points, including services totaling at least 24 credit points from at least two of the following areas: history, religion, politics, society, philosophy, linguistics, economics, or the law of modern China.

Language Requirements

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

CEFR English
min B2
min B2 First (FCE)
Specification: At least B.
min 5
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least C.
min 61
min 500
min II
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
Applicants whose mother tongue is not modern standard Chinese must have sufficient knowledge of it. Adequate language skills are demonstrated by passing an examination at level 5 of the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK); instead of proof of an HSK examination, the required language skills at level 5 of the HSK can be demonstrated by successfully taking the practical language proficiency test of the Georg August University. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must have sufficient knowledge of the English language. Applicants with a study or professional stay of at least one year in an English-speaking country within the last three years before the receipt of the application for admission are exempt from the requirement to prove a test. Evidence of the Chinese language must be provided within one semester after enrollment; in this case the enrollment is conditional until the missing certificates have been submitted by the applicant. German language skills are not to be proven.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

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

Application Procedure & Selection

Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:
No application fees

Application Documents

The following documents must be enclosed with the application for admission, which must be uploaded to the university server using the online portal:

  1. The applicant's diploma in German or English translation if the originals are not in English or German; if a certificate of completion is not yet available, a certificate of achievement, credits, and average grade must be submitted.
  2. A tabular curriculum vitae in English with a meaningful description of the educational path.
  3. A presentation of the motivation for studying the chosen course with reference to the previous educational path in the amount of max. 2 pages.
  4. Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language (see language requirements).
  5. Proof of sufficient knowledge of modern standard Chinese, unless the application for the aptitude test according is requested (see language requirements).
  6. Extracts from the module handbook or other documents that can be used to check the performance.
  7. A statement as to whether the applicant has successfully, unsuccessfully, or not yet completed a closely related master's degree.
  8. An explanation of which module package or which module packages the applicant intends to take based on his or her previous training.

Applications that are not received in full, in due form, or on time are excluded from the further procedure. The submitted documents remain with the university.

If a student makes it believable that he or she is at a disadvantage compared to other applicants due to disability due to the selection process, a suitable disadvantage compensation must be granted on request.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website