The most important facts at a glance:
| Standard period of studies: ||
| Start: ||
Winter and summer semester
You find information on the application procedure for international students here.
|Applicants with foreign certificates:||Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Winter semester: April 1 - September 1
Summer semester: October 1 - March 1
Required Bachelor's degree:
| Institute of Geography
|Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences|
The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.
Do you want to know ...
...why the cities of the world are all so different in the way they’re organized and how they look?
...what tree growth rings tell us about climate change in the past?
...why poverty still exists in the world despite 60 years of development cooperation?
...what impact urban development has on the local climate?
...why tsunamis have lasting effects on coastal development?
...how you can introduce students to these questions and potential answers in a way which keeps them motivated?
If you said yes to these questions, then you have come to the right place. Geography is a science which connects the natural and social sciences and investigates the interactions between the earth's ecosystem (physical geography) and the people living in it (human geography). The fields of research covered by geography range from fields on a local level to fields on a global scale. Natural and social science (survey) methods such as soil samples, climate measurements, mapping, qualitative and quantitative interviews or (participating) observation are implemented for this purpose.
The Bachelor's program focuses on the key aspects of both geographical thinking and research, and didactics. In the Master's program that follows, you will apply your knowledge that you gained in the Bachelor's program to your own small research projects and will learn to observe the world from a geographical perspective by participating in excursions. With the appropriate language skills, you can also obtain an additional certificate in bilingual geography lessons (French or English).
Master entrance requirements
Proof of a B.Ed. degree in the same subjects obtained at a university in Rhineland-Palatinate or an equivalent degree obtained at a university in Germany or abroad. The same admission requirements apply as presented on our pages about the application procedure for the Master of Education.
Applicants with a degree that is not fully equivalent to the required Bachelor's degree, but is equivalent to at least 140 credit points, may be admitted to the Master's program providing they complete the required coursework and examinations by the end of the first academic year. If the documents are not submitted within the specified period, students can no longer continue their studies; their enrollment will be rescinded without further notice.
It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive English language skills that enable them to read English literature and to participate in English-language courses; this does not include doing coursework or exams in English (no proof required).
Applicants who neither obtained their university entrance qualification at a German institution nor a degree in a German-language degree program must provide proof that their German language skills are at the level of the DSH ("German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign University Applicants".
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).