Freie Universität Berlin

North American Studies

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Area Studies, English & American Studies
English only
Winter semester:  31 May
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects: North American studies, history, cultural studies, literature, political science, sociology, economics, or in an interdisciplinary subject with at least 90 credit points in one of the aforementioned subjects.

Language Requirements

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

CERF English
min C1
min 7
min 110
min Level 4
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min III
min 945
Specification: Listening 490 + Reading 455.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
English proficiency can also be proven by proof of English as your native language (copy of passport or I.D.), graduation at an educational institution where the language of instruction and/or the degree conferred are in English (provided CEFR level C1 was required at admission; please contact your university for an official letter/certificate), and language tests issued by a university.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester: April 15 (German)April 15 (EU)April 15 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Special Deadline Case:
Winter semester: Only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester).
Summer semester: Only for higher semesters: January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester).

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
Application Fee:
75 € for the first application, 30 € for each additional

Application Documents

Please submit the following documents to uni-assist as officially certified copies via mail:

  1. Graduation certificate with a final grade (if you have completed your studies). If you are applying for a higher subject-specific semester, this document is stringently required.
  2. Official current transcript of records with a final grade.
  3. Official transcript of records for the master’s program and a current certificate of enrollment, only when applying for the higher subject-specific semesters.
  4. If applicable, a current certificate of enrollment, in case you are currently enrolled or have been enrolled at a German university/college after completing your first degree.
  5. Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English, issued by sworn translators only or by an institution being entitled to translations for official purposes.
  6. Proof of English knowledge, if required for the chosen master’s program (see language requirements).
  7. Proof of other language knowledge, if required for the chosen master’s program (see language requirements).
  8. Sufficient knowledge of German, if required for the chosen master’s program (see language requirements).
  9. If applicable, additional study-related skills, if this is a selection criterion for the desired master’s program (please see the specific regulation on allocation of study placements).
  10. A CV.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website