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Study Linguistics in Germany: 29 Universities with 52 English Degree Programs

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

Updated: 02-29-2024 | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Linguistics traditionally means the scientific study of language, including the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics - how language is produced and what it means. Many degrees take this very wide theoretical view, but linguistics degrees can also focus on one or more particular languages (typical offerings in Germany include German- and English-language linguistics). In addition, the relatively new field of “computational linguistics” connects traditional linguistics with computer science and artificial intelligence, aiming both to solve problems in linguistics through computer processing and make machines more able to (naturally) communicate with humans. In short, this well-established field is far from boring - check out our diverse list of programs and get shortlisting!

Overview

masters
52

Study Programs in English

universities
29

Universities

ranking
25

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (49 programs for EU citizens, 37 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 5,156 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between March 15 and February 15

Summer Semester

between May 15 and December 15

View all 52 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Linguistics

#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
#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
#89Times 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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37
13
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1
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3 English Degree Programs for Linguistics in Germany

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
25% local admission restriction (local NC)
55.8% no admission restriction
19.2% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

73.1% directly at University
5.8% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
21.2% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Linguistics in Germany

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Minimum:

72 (1 program )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (13 programs )

Maximum:

7.5 (2 programs )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (14 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Maximum:

7.5 (2 programs )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

72 (1 program )

Maximum:

110 (2 programs )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (13 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (14 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Linguistics in Germany

Program Features

3-12 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Beginning

Winter intake

51.9%

Summer intake

0%

Winter & Summer intake

48.1%

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

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Europa-Universität Flensburg

public University · No. of Students: 6,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Freie Universität Berlin

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Goethe University Frankfurt

public University · No. of Students: 43,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Heidelberg University

public University · No. of Students: 28,000

Program Fees: € 0 - € 1,500

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

public University · No. of Students: 34,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

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