German as a Foreign Language/German as a Second Language (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

Successful application interview (see "entrance requirements" below)


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-3
For more information see Masters entrance requirements

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

German Studies (B.A.)

German (B.Ed.)

For other required Bachelor's degrees, for instance within philology, please see the entrance requirements.


Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Deutsch als Zweitsprache


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

1. A bachelor’s degree in modern languages or business education with a focus on German, in a culture studies field with a focus on interculturalism (at least 30 credits or 12 SWS), in education/development with a focus on interculturalism (at least 30 credits or 12 SWS), or a similar degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

2. Proof of basic linguistic knowledge comprising at least 6 (graded) credits or 4 SWS. If you do not have at least 6 credits of linguistics, you may be admitted to the program on the condition that you complete the required graded credits by the end of the first academic semester. The specific courses will be determined during your advising meeting.

If you do not complete the linguistics credits on time, you will not be able to continue in the program. Your enrollment will be rescinded.

3. You are expected to have sufficient command of English in order to read and understand subject literature (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Basic knowledge of a second foreign language is also expected (level B1).

4. Additionally, students from countries where German is not spoken must demonstrate German proficiency at the level DSH-3 (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber), TestDaF level 5—whereby level 4 is acceptable for listening comprehension (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache), or an equivalent test at the level C2 of the Common European Framework. According to the DSH exam regulations of JGU, Section A, Section 1.4, a test result of DSH-2, TestDaF 4, or C1 can lead to a conditional enrollment—the required test results must be submitted by the end of the first academic year.

5. In an interview of at least 10 minutes, usually 15, we will decide if you are have the necessary skills and motivation to be successful in the German as a Foreign Language /German as a Second Language M.A. program.

We will discuss your own desires and expectations as well as our requirements. Decisions are based on language ability, intercultural competence, relevant experience in organization, cultural work, teaching, and youth and social work, and your aptitude for a teaching career.

The following applies to the selection process:

a) The interview will be held by a qualified examiner  and a second interviewer knowledgeable in the subject.
b) The interview generally takes place at a set date and time during the summer semester. Registration for the interview is done in writing or by email at least 14 calendar days before the date set by the department. A CV and a detailed letter of motivation (2-3 pages) must be submitted with the registration; these documents will be used in preparation for the interview and will not be graded.
c) A protocol of the interview will be created. It will include:
- the names of the interviewers
- the name of the applicant
- the date and the beginning and end times of the interview
- the subject matter and results
- the decision of whether to accept the applicant
This protocol must be signed by the interviewers. The applicant by view the protocol upon request.
d) If the applicant passes the interview but does not enroll in the program, the result of the interview will still be valid in any future applications.
e) If the applicant cancels or fails to appear at the interview without a valid reason, he or she will be considered unfit for the program.
f) If an applicant fails the interview, it may be repeated once.


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).