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Study Language and Literary Studies in Germany: 52 Universities with 146 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2023/2024)

Updated: 01-28-2023 | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Master programs in Language and Literary Studies offered in English at German universities often intersect with Area Studies and focus on regions such as the anglophone world, and African and Asian countries. Furthermore, courses informed by Comparative Studies or in International Linguistics and Communication deal with the role of language in a globalized world. Studying these issues in a cosmopolitan classroom environment granted by the international programs at German universities, allows for an exchange with students of other cultural backgrounds with diverse language skills. Furthermore, Master’s programs in Language and Literary Studies often include language courses and stays abroad, which make it possible to experience multilingualism first hand.

There also is a broad choice of programs dealing with contemporary demands of translating human language to virtual spheres of life and communicating and translating in transnational businesses and cultures. For experimental research of these topics, German universities grant access to up-to date language laboratories.

The Study Finder gives you an overview of all your options to study Language and Literary Studies in Germany.

Overview

masters
146

Study Programs in English

universities
52

Universities

ranking
41

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (137 programs for EU citizens, 108 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 11,050 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between February 15 and January 09

Summer Semester

between March 15 and October 18

View all 146 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Language and Literary 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 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #128
#78Times Higher Education Ranking
University of Tübingen

public University

No. of Students: approx. 28,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 - € 3,500 (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #151-200, QS World University Rankings #177
#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

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3 English Degree Programs for Language and Literary 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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Study at a modern university in the affordable town of FuldaVisit the main European institutionsTake advantage of a 10-week internship

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2023/2024

Summer Semester 2023

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Open Programs

Application Requirements

When you apply to a Master’s program in Language and Literary Studies at a German university, you will need an academic degree in a related discipline. Many programs accept applicants from diverse Social Sciences and Humanities, as long as a certain amount of credits relevant to the respective Master’s degree have been gained throughout the first degree. For more specific programs, knowledge of Computational Linguistics, Statistics, Area Studies or Translation may be required. 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. Excellent English-language skills - usually on a B2-C1 level - are usually a prerequisite for admission, in some cases other relevant language skills have to be demonstrated with a language certificate.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
23.3% local admission restriction (local NC)
58.9% no admission restriction
17.8% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

67.8% directly at University
1.4% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
30.8% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Language and Literary 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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Study at a modern university in the affordable town of FuldaVisit the main European institutionsTake advantage of a 10-week internship

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

4.5 (1 program )

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Minimum:

B1 Preliminary (PET) (1 program )

Maximum:

8 (2 programs )

Maximum:

115 (1 program )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (36 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

4.5 (1 program )

Maximum:

8 (2 programs )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

61 (1 program )

Maximum:

115 (1 program )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B1 Preliminary (PET) (1 program )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (36 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Language and Literary 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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Study at a modern university in the affordable town of FuldaVisit the main European institutionsTake advantage of a 10-week internship

Program Features

2-12 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Master of Education

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Education

Beginning

Winter intake

53.4%

Summer intake

1.4%

Winter & Summer intake

45.2%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Language and Literary Studies

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Bard College Berlin

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

Program Fees: € 11,050 - € 15,750

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

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)

Chemnitz University of Technology

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

Program Fees: € 0

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: € 0 - € 4,500

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

M.A. (Master of Arts)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

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