European Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:


Applicants with foreign certificates:

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

Language requirements: see Master's Entrance Requirements below


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Political Science (B.A.)

Regarding other eligible degrees, please consult the Master's Entrance requirements.


Department of Political Science


Faculty 02: Social Science, Media and Sports


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

Subject Matter

The program's content, which focuses on politics and law, teaches knowledge of European politics, institutions and law.

A special feature of this Master's program is that participants live together for one year in three countries and study three languages.

Master's Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Political Science, Law, Economics, Media Studies or Communication Studies, Sociology, History or Philosophy or in Cultural Studies awarded by an institute of higher education in Germany or abroad.
The qualification must demonstrate that the applicant has acquired at least 65 CPs in Political Science or Law.

If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline. Please note, however, that you have to provide proof of 180 credit points at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and at the University of Opole by October 1st, in order to be able to register successfully for the respective winter semester in the first semester and thus to start the Master European Studies.

English language skills at at least level B2, documented in the form of
a) A certificate showing successful completion of at least 4 years of English lessons at school with a final grade of at least 'satisfactory' or
b) A university entrance qualification acquired from an English-speaking institute of higher education or
c) A degree in an English language subject or
d) The First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) or higher level (Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE)) or
e) An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test certificate showing a score of at least 5.5 points or
f) A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) certificate; 213 (computer-based test, CBT), 79 (internet-based test, IBT) or 550 (paper-based test, PBT).
The date of the test may not be more than three years prior to the date of the end of the admissions period. The post responsible for the admission and enrollment of the applicant shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with admission requirements.

French language skills at at least level B2; this must be documented in the form of a corresponding certificate or a final grade of 'adequate' or 5 points awarded on completion of a four-year course of study at school. If, at time of submission of the application, the applicant can demonstrate that they have French language skills at level B1 documented in the form of a corresponding certificate or a grade of at least 'adequate' or 5 points awarded on completion of a three-year course of study at school, they will be required to demonstrate that they have reached level B2, at the latest, on commencement of their third semester by submitting a corresponding certificate or by successfully passing a language admissions test set by the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon. Students will otherwise be unable to continue on the program and their admission will be canceled.

Applicants will not be required to provide evidence of their German language skills.

In order to enable all partner universities to verify that admission requirements have been met, all documents are to be submitted in English (or together with attested English translations). The qualifications of applicants need to be recognized by all three partner universities as meeting the admission requirements for the European Studies Master's degree program in accordance with their national requirements.

The course can only be commenced in the winter semester. Please note that you will need to demonstrate by October 1 that you have acquired 180 credit points to enroll for the first semester of the European Studies Master's degree program at the University of Opole and Mainz University.

To be enrolled in a later semester on starting the program, applicants must demonstrate that they have already acquired the study and examination qualifications stipulated for the prior program semester from one of the partner universities or that their qualifications have been correspondingly recognized by one of the partner universities. If the relevant documentation is not yet available although the corresponding requirements have been met, applicants may be appropriately enrolled on the proviso that they submit the documentation by a date specified in their letter of admission.


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

The Academic Advisory 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).