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Study Global & European Studies in Germany: 73 Universities with 152 English Degree Programs

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

Updated: 05-28-2024 | Reading Time: 7 minutes

Global Studies (also known as 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

masters
152

Study Programs in English

universities
73

Universities

ranking
41

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (120 programs for EU citizens, 103 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 10,000 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between May 31 and May 15

Summer Semester

between May 31 and March 31

View all 152 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Global & European 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) #48, QS World University Rankings #64
#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
#74Times Higher Education Ranking
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 36,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 - € 4,726 (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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3 English Degree Programs for Global & European Studies in Germany

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2025

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

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)
30.9% local admission restriction (local NC)
7.9% no admission restriction, but ability test
47.4% no admission restriction
13.8% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

64.5% directly at University
7.2% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
32.2% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Global & European Studies in Germany

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Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5 (2 programs )

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (35 programs )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (3 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (46 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5 (2 programs )

Maximum:

8 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (3 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (35 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (46 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Global & European Studies in Germany

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Program Features

2-16 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Laws

Master of Science

Master of Public Administration

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Beginning

Winter intake

73%

Summer intake

0.7%

Winter & Summer intake

26.3%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Global & European Studies

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accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg - University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 550

Program Fees: € 6,600

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: € 0

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Chemnitz University of Technology

public Technical University · No. of Students: 9,700

Program Fees: € 0

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Constructor University

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 1,500

Program Fees: € 10,000

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Deggendorf Institute of Technology

public University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 8,500

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

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