The most important facts at a glance:
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winter and summer semester
You find information on the application procedure for international students here.
Winter semester: April 1 - May 15
Summer semester: October 1 - November 15
Required Bachelor's degree:
|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.
At Mainz University, German is taught as a complete subject; this means that the field comprises both linguistics and literary studies. The study of literature deals with both older and more modern periods of literature in German. Early literary history studies the literature of the Middle Ages, and is thus also concerned with literature prior to the invention of printing; modern literary history is concerned with literature from the 16th century to the present day. Literary history interprets the meaning and the effects of novels, plays and poetry, as well as the interaction with other media. It examines the development of cultural traditions and the origins of cultural changes. Linguistics analyzes the German language and its speech systems in the past and present. Historical linguistics is interested in the development of the German language and its dialects from the early Middle Ages to modern times. Descriptive linguistics examines the German language of the present with respect to its structure (grammar), the meaning of its expressions (semantics), its application (pragmatics), and its acquisition.
Master entrance requirements
Proof of a B.Ed. degree for college preparatory secondary school teaching in the same subjects from a university in Rhineland-Palatinate or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.
Applicants having a final degree that is not equivalent to but corresponds to at least 140 credit points to the required Bachelor’s examination, may be admitted to the Master’s degree program on the condition that the missing study and examination qualifications are obtained at the latest by the end of the first academic year. If the student does not provide proof within the period specified, they will no longer be allowed to continue studying; their enrollment will be canceled without further notice.
It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.
In addition, it is assumed that students have a sufficient active and passive knowledge of another modern foreign language or sufficient knowledge of Latin (verification not required) to read specialist literature.
Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the “German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)” is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.
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).