International Programmes 2023/2024

African Verbal and Visual Arts: Languages, Literatures, Media and Art 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 the special area Swahili Studies) in Swahili.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Additional information on beginning, duration and mode of study

The start of a new academic year is in October.

Application deadline

Application for EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (for the following winter semester)

Application for non-EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (for the following winter semester)


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

The English-taught Master's programme in African Verbal and Visual 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, Swahili, Wolof 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 Verbal and Visual 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, Swahili, Wolof 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
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

In Germany, students at all higher education institutions pay a semester contribution. This payment (University of Bayreuth: 142.85 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 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 they are 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 first year of the programme.

Application deadline

Application for EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (for the following winter semester)

Application for non-EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (for the following winter semester)


Submit application to

Online application through CAMPUSonline
You can find further details via this link.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students to earn money while they study, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit the DAAD website.

The University of Bayreuth’s Career Services team provides a central interface between student and professional life. The team offers guidance and support to students of all subjects with regard to starting their careers.

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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.

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme

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The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with currently about 13,000 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. In the middle of Kulmbach, our new satellite campus unites the perspectives of natural science, economics, law, social sciences, and behavioural science in one place in a way that has not yet been seen in Germany.

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners, and we 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. There are presently around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on the Bayreuth and Kulmbach campuses. 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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The Welcome Service at the University of Bayreuth is here to assist you with any questions regarding living and working in the region of Bayreuth. The team of our International Office provides guidance and support for all international students, scholars, and their families before, during and after their stay at the University of Bayreuth. The aim is to ensure a quick, trouble-free and thus successful start as well as an unforgettable stay on our friendly campus in Bayreuth and Kulmbach.

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