Bayreuth Graduate Centre for Cultural Studies, Social Sciences, and Humanities (BayKULT) Centre for Cultural Studies, Social Sciences & Humanities
University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth
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- Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
- Faculty of Languages and Literatures or Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bayreuth
- Teaching language
Courses are held in English, German and French.
- Programme duration
- 6 semesters
- Only for doctoral programmes: any time
- Tuition fees per semester in EUR
- Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
- Joint degree / double degree programme
The Bayreuth Graduate Centre for Cultural Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities (BayKULT) offers graduate programmes focusing on different research areas: History, Cultural Encounters, Communicative Construction of Knowledge, Culture and Society, Media Culture and Media Economy, Music and Performance, and Research on Religions. The programmes provide coursework in research methods, knowledge transfer, and teaching. Doctoral candidates are welcome to participate in interdisciplinary seminars. Intensive supervision within these programmes offers additional support. BayKULT is part of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School, a school which fosters excellence through professional training opportunities, financial support and advice on funding opportunities.
- 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 (in 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, 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: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/voraussetzungen/en/9198-financing/.
- Funding opportunities within the university
- Academic Admission Requirements
Candidates must have an excellent Master's degree or "Diplom" or equivalent (with thesis) and must fulfil the doctoral programme admission requirements of the University of Bayreuth.
If you want to apply for a doctoral programme in BayKULT, the first step is to contact one of the professors of that programme directly and ask whether he or she is willing to accept you as a doctoral candidate. For a list of the programmes and the professors involved, see: http://www.baykult.uni-bayreuth.de.
- Language requirements
Applicants need to have excellent skills in English, German, or French.
- Submit application to
Please check http://www.baykult.uni-bayreuth.de/de/baykult/index.html
- 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: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/in-deutschland/arbeit/en/9148-side-jobs/.
Accommodation for students
Bayreuth has 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: www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/studies/accommodation/index.html. Please also read the DAAD’s information on searching for an apartment.
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.
- Structured research and supervision
- Research training / discussion
- Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
- Welcome event
- Accompanying programme
- Visa matters
University of Bayreuth
International, innovative, and interdisciplinary in research and teaching
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 1,350 international students from 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.
Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2018 THE ranking “150 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service.
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It is both the heart of our university and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived, ensuring that our university remains a beacon of innovation. Scientific exchange profits tremendously from the wide variety of disciplines our communicative campus brings together. That is probably why the University of Bayreuth has been able to celebrate so many awards and honours for its scholarly accomplishments.
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