University of Freiburg

English Language and Linguistics

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Language and Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, English Studies
English only
Winter semester: 30 Jun/15 Jul
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Free / € 1500
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus

Course Description

Does psycholinguistics, bilingualism, corpus linguistics and language technology all sound familiar to you? Do you want to know more about language change, the History of English, and schools of thought in English linguistics? Then the M.A. in English Language and Linguistics is the right choice for you! Take advantage of Freiburg's position as a leading international center in corpus-linguistic research and explore in-depth all aspects of the beautiful English language.


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a focus on English and American studies or linguistics.

Language Requirements

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

CEFR English
min C1
min 600
min 250
[min 100]
min 7.5
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no

Additional information:
Exceptions: native speakers, applicants with a degree in English Studies from a German university. Please get in touch with the university if you are unsure about whether you need to provide official proof of English proficiency. Working knowledge of German is recommended but not an application requirement.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:


Application Documents

In order for your application to be accepted, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A certified copy of your undergraduate diploma along with a certified translation into English or German if the original is in any other language than German, English, or French (if your diploma has not been issued at the time of application, a statement about your anticipated date of graduation from your department will be acceptable).
  2. A certified copy of your transcript of records outlining the contents of your undergraduate degree, with the same requirements for a certified translation as for the diploma (if you have not yet completed your studies, the most recent version of your transcript of records will be acceptable at the time of application. The full document will need to be provided upon enrollment).
  3. Proof of English proficiency (see language requirements). Exceptions: native speakers, applicants with a degree in English Studies from a German university. Please get in touch with the university if you are unsure about whether you need to provide official proof of English proficiency.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from academic teaching staff (in German or English). Since the university application system is now fully online, applicants are asked to simply indicate two references on their CV.
  5. A statement of intent (two to three pages, in English), in which the applicant states his or her reasons for seeking acceptance to the MA program.
  6. A 2,500 word essay written in English on the subject of the applicant’s choice, which relates to one of the English Language and Linguistics modules (The Structure of Modern English; Present-Day English: Regional, Social and Stylistic Variability; Language Change and the History of English; Discourse and Communication; Psycholinguistics: Language Acquisition and Bilingualism; Corpus Linguistics and Language Technology; Theories and Schools of Thought in English Linguistics).
  7. A chronological CV (résumé) (two to three pages in length, written in English, including contact details for two academic references).

If the applicant is not able to produce certified copies of his or her completed diploma by the application deadline, but has at that time finished his or her current course of study, the applicant may hand in a statement from the university, which, in addition to the final grade(s), states that the course of study has been completed. In this case, the officially certified copies must be submitted to the University of Freiburg as soon as they are available, and no later than at the time of enrollment.

Please not that your application will only be considered if all the documents listed above have been received.


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Further Information

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