German as a Foreign Language (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

German Studies (B.A.)


Department of German Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The goal of the Master's program is to bring empirical, theoretical, practical and didactic aspects so close together that students are optimally prepared for their future work, be it scientific or practical language instruction. The course of study is intercultural and interdisciplinary in nature and aims to equip graduates for diverse work in the field of adult foreign language education (as a foreign language teacher, continuing education teacher, etc.) and cultural transmission at home and abroad. In addition to acquiring the appropriate specialist knowledge, students will also be able to conduct independent empirical investigations or handle practical problems. Last but not least, students will acquire sound intercultural skills.

Master entrance requirements

  • Proof of a Bachelor's examination in a degree programm oriented to
    - Modern Languages or
    - Business Education with a focus on German studies or
    - Cultural Studies with an intercultural focus (at least 30 Credit points or 12 Semesterwochenstunden) or
    - Educational Studies with an intercultural focus (at least 30 Credit points or 12 Semesterwochenstunden)
    or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.
  • Proof of (basic) linguistic knowledge of 4 credit hours per week or a minimum of 6 credit points with graded transcripts (if not already verified in the degree program). If this proof is not provided, the student can enroll provided that they obtain the required graded transcript later before their first semester ends. The appropriate courses will be determined in a departmental student advising session. If proof is not provided to the Examination Committee within the deadline mentioned, the student will no longer be allowed to continue their program. Their enrollment will be canceled without further notice.
  • In addition, foreign applicants for a place at university from non-German-speaking countries must provide proof of proficiency in the German language measured by the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" at DSH-3 or level 5 of the TestDaF (listening comprehension: TDN4 is acceptable) or an equivalent examination at level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • According to the University's DSH examination regulations, Part A, Paragraph §1, Section 4, a student can enroll on a temporary basis with a proven linguistic level of DSH-2, TDN4 or C1; the required linguistic proficiency can be obtained within a year of study.
  • Students are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English to read English specialist literature (according to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This is in addition to basic knowledge of at least one other language (according to Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).