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Study Cultural Studies in Germany: 51 Universities with 98 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2021/2022)

Updated: 12-05-2021 | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary subject field and may focus on different aspects of a specific culture or cultures in general. Master’s programs in Cultural Studies often address questions of how humans construct their worlds in relation to modern phenomena, such as digitalization, transnationalization, and globalization.

Cultural Studies draw on theories of Media Studies, Social Sciences, Linguistics, Philosophy, and other fields as well as on diverse methodologies. At German universities, Master’s students of Cultural Studies are often given the opportunity to define their own specialization throughout their programs which often treat broad topics e.g. language, literature, arts, migration, or a certain region. Master programs in Cultural Studies are not only interdisciplinary with much freedom to choose a specialization, but also international, providing students with opportunities for stays abroad integrated into their curriculum. To help you navigate these choices and find the best option for your skills and interests, use the MyGermanUniversity Study Finder.

Overview

masters
98

Study Programs in English

universities
51

Universities

ranking
34

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

0,- € (80 programs for EU citizens, 60 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

6,840 € per semester (3 programs for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between January 15 and October 18

Summer Semester

between January 15 and October 18

View all 98 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Cultural Studies

#44Times Higher Education Ranking
Heidelberg University

public University

No. of Students: approx. 28,000 students

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #47, QS World University Rankings #64
#74Times Higher Education Ranking
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 35,000 students

Program Fees: 1,800 € (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,- € - 3,500 € (per semester)

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

Tuition Fees

80
60
24
8
7
4

5 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Understand how communication shapes the Ibero-American societyInternship or integrated research stay in Ibero-AmericaStudy at the oldest and highly renowned university in Germany
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Learn to merge consumer psychology and new technologies to develop your marketing skillsFind out how to meet consumer’s needs with digital toolsWork in small groups on practical projects with the industry
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Learn about innovation, digitalization and disruptive technologiesUnderstand real user needs to develop relevant products and servicesTake your design brackground to a strategic level
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Creativity and sustainability: A thriving sectorAMD: Over 30 years promoting fashion and designStudy and live in Berlin, Germany's buzzing capital
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Learn the keystones of developing your own business ideasWork in practical projects with brand companies, agencies or start-upsCareer opportunities in innovative sectors and companies

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2022/2023

Summer Semester 2022

Winter Semester 2023/2024

Open Programs

Application Requirements

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will usually expect you to have an academic degree in a related discipline. For the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies, this could be a degree from various fields, such as Linguistics, Literary Studies, Anthropology, Ethnology, Social Sciences, or Philosophy. Programs with a more narrowly defined focus may require you to hand in more specific first degrees, such as English and American or Romance Studies. Usually, application tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records, a language certificate), a CV and a letter of motivation are typically required. For Cultural Studies, excellent language skills - sometimes in English, German and/or an additional language - are normally 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)
29.6% local admission restriction (local NC)
48% no admission restriction
22.4% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

68.4% directly at University
32.7% via uni-assist

5 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Learn the main topics of this booming sectorChoose your campus: Cologne or HamburgBenefit from a 6-month internship abroad
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Become a top international manager with intercultural perspectiveLearn from highly experienced professors and lecturersSpend a semester abroad or complete an internship
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A high-quality MBA teaches core subjects of management to non-business graduatesTake advantage of the networking opportunities with renowned companiesStudy in a diverse and multicultural environment
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Study at a modern university in the affordable town of FuldaVisit the main European institutionsTake advantage of a 10-week internship
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Become a bridge between culture and organizationsGet inspired by Leuphana’s futuristic campusRegister for the Doctoral Track, and continue your education with a PhD

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5 (4 programs )

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (18 programs )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (23 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5 (4 programs )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (18 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (23 programs )

2 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Personalize your study experience—with a choice of electivesCombine research with real-world applicationGet a double degree with the University of Cranfield (UK)
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This interdisciplinary program incorporates natural sciences and a humanities perspective.Leuphana University is one of Europe’s leading institutions in sustainabilityBroad career options

Program Features

1-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Beginning

Winter intake

62.2%

Summer intake

3.1%

Winter & Summer intake

35.7%

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

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AMD Academy Fashion & Design

private (state-approved) Academy of Fine Arts · No. of Students: 1,600

Program Fees: 4,350 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

public University · No. of Students: 3,700

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 25,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Brand University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 300

Program Fees: 5,340 € - 6,840 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

public Technical University · No. of Students: 7,300

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

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