Study Area Studies in Germany: 26 Universities with 47 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2020/2021)

Updated: 10-25-2020 | Reading Time: 7 minutes

Area Studies focus on the history, economy, political organization, and culture of a certain region and its global relations. In Germany, many Master's programs in this field usually focus on (North) America, Europe, or different regions in Asia. With institutions such as the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the biggest of its kind in Europe, Germany provides a vibrant and unique research landscape for students of this field.

Area Studies pursue the goal to link different aspects of a region. The programs reflect this in their interdisciplinarity, relating historic development to current issues, political organization and economy, and often deal with questions of global relations or postcolonialism. For students with more specific interests, there are programs which focus explicitly on aspects such as economy or culture and society.

Area Studies programs in Germany often include a study abroad component or offer double degrees in cooperation with other (international) universities. Therefore, they are ideal for students looking to research a region of the world while experiencing different cultures and higher education landscapes first hand.

The options within one program are often manifold. We encourage you to check out the results in our Study Finder and find the program that best matches your interests.

Overview

47

Study Programs in English

26

Universities

19

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

0,- € (31 programs for EU citizens, 28 programs for Non-EU)

Maximum:

7,333 € per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadline

Winter Semester

between December 15 and September 15

Summer Semester

between May 31 and September 01

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Top-ranked German Universities in Area Studies

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx.51,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52, QS World University Rankings #62
#70Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
University of Bonn

public University

No. of Students: approx.38,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Times Higher Education Ranking #105, QS World University Rankings #255
#74Times Higher Education Ranking
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx.35,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € - 4,260 € (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #121
#86Times Higher Education Ranking
University of Freiburg

public University

No. of Students: approx.24,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € - 1,500 € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #101-150, QS World University Rankings #186
#91Times Higher Education Ranking
University of Tübingen

public University

No. of Students: approx.27,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € - 1,500 € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #151-200, QS World University Rankings #168

Tuition fees

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2020/2021

Summer Semester 2021

Open Programs

1 Programs open for application

8 Programs open for application

Application Requirements

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will expect students to have a first academic degree in a related discipline. Since the Area Studies programs are very interdisciplinary and cover broad topics, first degrees are often accepted from various academic fields such as Cultural Studies, History, or other disciplines of the humanities as well as Political Science, Economics, Sociology, or other social science topics. Some programs will require prior coursework on the respective region the program focuses on, or the specific discipline pursued in the program. Usually, application tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to the standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records), these typically include your CV and a letter of motivation. Language abilities in English and other languages related to the area the program focuses on, are often a prerequisite for admission and have to be demonstrated with a language certificate.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
48.9% local admission restriction (local NC)
46.8% no admission restriction
4.3% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

80.9% directly at University
19.1% via Uni-Assist

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum

5 (4 programs)

Minimum

72 (3 programs)

Minimum

0 (32 programs)

Maximum

8 (1 program)

Maximum

110 (2 programs)

Maximum

0 (32 programs)

IELTS Band

Minimum

5 (4 programs)

Maximum

8 (1 program)

TOEFL Scores

Minimum

72 (3 programs)

Maximum

110 (2 programs)

Cambridge Levels

Minimum

0 (32 programs)

Maximum

0 (32 programs)

Program Features

2-4 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Laws

Master of Science

Master of Law and Business

Master of Business Marketing

Beginning

Winter intake

83%

Summer intake

4.3%

Winter & Summer intake

12.8%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Area Studies

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Bremen University of Applied Sciences

public University of applied sciences · No. of Students: 8,600

Program Fees: 3,950 € - 4,300 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

M.Eng. (Master of Engineering)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Europa-Universität Flensburg

public University · No. of Students: 5,800

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Eng. (Master of Engineering)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Freie Universität Berlin

public University · No. of Students: 37,000

Program Fees: 0,- € - 7,333 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

MLB (Master of Law and Business)

MBM (Master of Business Marketing)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Goethe University Frankfurt

public University · No. of Students: 46,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

LL.M. (Master of Laws)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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