International Programmes 2020/2021

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
  • German
  • English
  • French

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 (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

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:

Language requirements

Applicants need to have excellent skills in English, German, or French.

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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.

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

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