International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Arts in African Verbal and Visual Arts: Languages, Literatures, Media and Art Master of Arts in African Verbal and Visual Arts

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Arts in African Visual and Verbal Arts (African Linguistics)
Master of Arts in African Visual and Verbal Arts (African Literatures)
Master of Arts in African Visual and Verbal Arts (Swahili Studies)
Master of Arts in African Visual and Verbal Arts (Arts, Curational Studies and Media in Africa)
Master of Arts in African Visual and Verbal Arts (Multidisciplinary Studies)
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English (100%). Participants can choose to write exams and their Master's thesis either in English or in German, French and (for special area Swahili Studies) in Swahili.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Application deadline

15 April to 15 July for the following winter semester (new academic year starting in October)

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

The English-taught Master's programme African Visual and Verbal Arts deepens knowledge that has been gained in diversity and creativity of languages, literatures, art, and media in Africa. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary design and combination of subjects that can be selected individually.
In choosing to learn two of the African languages on offer, including Bambara, Hausa, Swahili, or Arabic and Xhosa (as a second language), students can acquire the foundation for scientific and communicative application. In addition, theories, methods, and thematic foci enable a well-grounded engagement with current research issues of cultural studies and humanities in Africa at large, not limited by disciplinary boundaries.
The programme is conceptualised as an immersion in and continuation of the specialisation fields offered in the African Visual and Verbal Arts (Languages, Literatures, Media and Art) Bachelor's programme at Bayreuth University. These fields include African Linguistics, Swahili Studies, Literatures in African Languages, and Media/Arts and Curational Studies in Africa.

Course organisation

In commencing the two-year Master's programme, which is organised in modules, students already bring profound interdisciplinary knowledge on Africa from a relevant Bachelor's programme; e.g., the Bayreuth University African Verbal and Visual Arts (Languages, Literatures, Media and Art) BA programme.
During the second semester at the latest, students can choose to apply this knowledge in a field of specialisation: 1 African Linguistics; 2 African Literatures; 3 Arts, Curational Studies and Media in Africa; 4 Swahili Studies; or 5 Multidisciplinary Studies (this option allows for an interdisciplinary immersion in selected fields of specialisation).
Interdisciplinary modules that are compulsory for all students include theories, methods, and courses in two African languages (Bambara, Hausa, Swahili or - in certain cases - Arabic and Xhosa) that provide students with both academic and communicative skills.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • 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
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

A Xhosa language course will be offered as a VHB online course. Part 1 starts in the winter semester (October), part 2 in the summer semester (February and April).

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
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 degree (with good marks) in a field related to African Verbal and Visual Arts: African Languages, Linguistics, Literatures in Africa, Media and Art in Africa, or Curational Studies
Language requirements

English proficiency (equivalent to level B2 European Framework of References for Languages)
For the special area of Swahili Studies, a good command of Swahili is compulsory (equivalent to B1 European Framework for Reference for Languages).
Language skills can also be proven through a final dissertation or equivalent written papers in English (or Swahili for Swahili Studies).
In addition, basic German knowledge (level A1) is required and can be acquired during the programme.

Application deadline

15 April to 15 July for the following winter semester (new academic year starting in October)

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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
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme

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