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Study Cultural Studies in Germany: 62 Universities with 120 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2024/2025)

Updated: 04-12-2024 | 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
120

Study Programs in English

universities
62

Universities

ranking
37

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (99 programs for EU citizens, 80 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 6,840 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between April 15 and April 01

Summer Semester

between May 15 and March 31

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Top-ranked German Universities in Cultural Studies

#42Times 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) #57, QS World University Rankings #63
#51-100 By SubjectQS World University Rankings
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

public University

No. of Students: approx. 3,700 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

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

public University

No. of Students: approx. 36,000 students

Program Fees: € 1,800 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #128
#83Times Higher Education Ranking
Freie Universität Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 38,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #127
#84Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
University of Bonn

public University

No. of Students: approx. 37,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

Times Higher Education Ranking #112, QS World University Rankings #226

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Tuition Fees

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80
21
10
10
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3 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

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)
31.7% local admission restriction (local NC)
7.5% no admission restriction, but ability test
50.8% no admission restriction
10% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

68.3% directly at University
5.8% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
30.8% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

4 (1 program )

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (25 programs )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (29 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

4 (1 program )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (25 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (29 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Cultural Studies in Germany

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Program Features

3-8 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

62.5%

Summer intake

1.7%

Winter & Summer intake

37.5%

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: € 4,770 - € 5,190

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

public University · No. of Students: 3,700

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: € 0

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Brand University of Applied Sciences

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

Program Fees: € 4,470 - € 6,840

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

public Technical University · No. of Students: 6,800

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

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