International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Arts in Intercultural Anglophone Studies Master of Arts in Intercultural Anglophone Studies

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held exclusively in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Non-EU applicants: 1 May (for the following winter semester), 1 November (for the following summer semester)
EU applicants: 15 July (for the following winter semester), 15 January (for the following summer semester)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

MAIAS is an innovative postgraduate MA programme for research in American, British, and Anglophone Studies, offered at the precise geographical centre of Europe. Directed toward advanced scholarly competence, the programme focuses on the theoretically and methodologically informed study of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking world as well as the exploration of linguistic phenomena of English in its varieties.
The programme addresses a wide range of forms of cultural expression such as literature, film, theatre, music, and other forms of popular culture. It focuses on core issues and concepts such as interculturality, transculturation, globalism, transnationalism, postcolonialism, diaspora, and cosmopolitanism. Moreover, students will be introduced to the scope, interconnections, and possible future specialisations in the fields of American, British, and/or other Anglophone literary and cultural studies and in the field of English linguistics. The range of seminars offered will help students develop thesis topics, beginning the process that will lead each student to the completion of an independent and comprehensive thesis.

Course organisation

MAIAS is structured in five module areas that focus on the major areas "literary/cultural studies" and "linguistics":
A "Intercultural Anglophone Studies in Literature and Language - Foundations"
B "Second Foreign Language"
C "Intercultural Anglophone Studies in Literature and Language - Intermediate Level"
D "Intercultural Anglophone Studies in Literature and Language - Advanced Level"
E "Intercultural Anglophone Studies in Literature and Language - MA thesis Module".
The module areas consist of two to five separate modules.
Modules are taught as "core issues" seminars, intensive seminars, advanced seminars, elective seminars, lectures, and as a Master's thesis seminar.

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Types of assessment

Academic essays; term papers; written assignments; oral exam; written exam; MA thesis

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our new faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Bachelor of Arts in English / American Studies or related disciplines (with clearly above-average success)

Language requirements

English proficiency: TOEFL iBT minimum 92, IELTS 7.0
German is not compulsory. German language modules may be taken in a language learning module.

Application deadline

Non-EU applicants: 1 May (for the following winter semester), 1 November (for the following summer semester)
EU applicants: 15 July (for the following winter semester), 15 January (for the following summer semester)

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling

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The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

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