International Programmes 2019/2020

Cultures and Languages of the Mediterranean (MA) Cultures and Languages of the Mediterranean (MA)

University of Göttingen • Göttingen

Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Other teaching language

Courses are held in German (70%) and other languages of the Master's programme (30%). Participants can choose to write their Master's theses in one of these languages.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester
1 December for the following summer semester

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

The Master's degree in "Cultures and Languages of the Mediterranean" is an application-oriented degree programme that looks at spatial and cultural specifics of the Mediterranean. It deals with both historical foundations of the areas concerned and current social, political, linguistic and economic situations of the Mediterranean.

Students acquire and develop specialised knowledge in Mediterranean concepts, such as the connection between natural landscape and cultural space, cultural dynamics, cultural theories, connectivity, migration, colonialism and post-colonialism, ethnocentrism versus multiculturalism, border studies and hybridity.

The elective compulsory study section offers modules in three different areas: linguistics, themes and practical studies. Students can choose modules according to their individual interests of specialisation and expertise related to their academic backgrounds.

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • 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
Fees amount to around 350 EUR per semester. The fees include a prepaid semester ticket that entitles students to use regional trains (in Lower Saxony and Bremen) and city buses in Göttingen free of charge. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens.
Costs of living
The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books are about 750 to 800 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.
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Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

A prerequisite for entrance to the Master's programme is a Bachelor's degree of at least 180 ECTS credit points (six semesters) in a field related to the Mediterranean.

A minimum of 50 ECTS in modules related to one of the following subjects: Ancient Oriental Studies, Egyptology, Coptic Studies, Ancient Cultures, Islamic Studies, Archaeology of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine World , French Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish Studies, History, Greek Philology, Iranian Studies, Art History, Italian Studies, European Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Latin Philology, Portuguese Studies, Slavic Philology, Turkish Studies (or equivalent).

Language requirements

The language entrance requirements consist of proficiency in one modern or ancient Mediterranean language at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent). These languages are: Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Old Church Slavic, Egyptian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Coptic, Latin, Sumerian, Ugaritic, Albanian, Berber Languages, Bosnian, Bulgarian, French, Modern Greek, Italian, Catalan, Corsican, Croatian, Kurdish, Maltese, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Occitan, Persian, Portuguese, Rumanian, Sardinian, Serbian, Spanish, Syriac, Turkish.

International applicants who are not native speakers of German need to provide at least a DSH-1 certificate (individual examination).

Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester
1 December for the following summer semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. They are announced on the following website:
Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.


The Accommodation Service of the International Office supports international students who are enrolled at the University of Göttingen to find accommodation in Göttingen and serves as a point of contact for queries. The service works together with the private market in Göttingen and the Student Services ("Studentenwerk"). As the amount of accommodations in Göttingen is limited, it is highly recommended to contact the Accommodation Service as early as possible.
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Career advisory service

The Career Service offers individual support to facilitate a successful transition from the academic to the professional world – whether you want to work in Germany or abroad. Especially for international students aiming for a career entry in Germany, the Career Service provides topic-specific "Career Impulse Sessions", workshops, online learning modules, and a certificate programme on “Building International Careers” as well as an information platform on “Working in Germany” in English.

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

University of Göttingen

University of Göttingen – Committed to Excellence
Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research-led university of high international standing. It is renowned for its diverse range of academic disciplines, its research-oriented teaching, and its outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have studied, taught, or pursued their research. Currently, 31,650 students are enrolled at the University of Göttingen, 13 percent of whom are international students.

Variety of study programmes
The University of Göttingen offers a vast variety of academic programmes for undergraduate and graduate studies. Internationally renowned, expert researchers teach in more than 40 academic disciplines. About 30 full-time undergraduate and graduate programmes are taught entirely in English. Two international fast-track MSc/PhD programmes prepare students for unique careers in scientific research. Additionally, a growing number of double degree programmes with important international universities are available.

Guidance, supervision, and study conditions
Students are given comprehensive advisory and supervisory support in all phases of their studies. Since advice and guidance are crucially important for the successful outcome of a university career, the University of Göttingen is constantly improving and extending its performance in this area. You will also greatly benefit from the "Studienqualitätsmittel", financial support from the federal state of Lower Saxony, which is paid to finance the best study conditions you can imagine.

Excellent library
Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) maintains a top position among German academic libraries, holding eight million books, journals and other media and offering a broad range of services for study and research. The library plays a leading role in a large number of national and international projects involving the optimisation of literature and information provision as well as the establishment and development of digital research and information infrastructures.

Alumni worldwide
As a member of the alumni network, you will continue to be part of the international "Göttingen University Family" even after you have finished your studies. The network currently unites more than 30,000 alumni from all over the world.


University Location

Göttingen – a good place to live and study
Göttingen, with a population of approximately 130,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses and the University of Göttingen with its 31,000 students create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere.

The University of Göttingen departments and buildings are mainly located on two campuses and are within easy walking or cycling distance from each other. Accommodation for 5,000 students and excellent canteens run by the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk") allow for a high quality of life at a low cost.

The University of Göttingen cooperates closely with non-university research institutes in Göttingen. Together, they form the Göttingen Campus – an alliance of cutting-edge research institutes. This includes five Max Planck Institutes and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities as well as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center. The Göttingen Campus has created an environment of openness in which students at all levels (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD) as well as experienced researchers can develop fresh and innovative ideas. Numerous scientists and scholars from the non-university research institutes lecture at the University of Göttingen, and joint professorial appointments create bridges between the university and campus partners. This structure supports the reputation of the University of Göttingen as one of the most successful research-oriented universities in Germany.

Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and Europe, Göttingen has excellent travel connections: Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt are only a two-hour train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take a break; Göttingen itself offers many options for recreational activities. Göttingen boasts three theatres and a symphony orchestra. Many cinemas, cafés, and pubs provide numerous opportunities to meet like-minded people and to enjoy yourself. Alternatively, you can play an active role in the student union, which sponsors many cultural and recreational events. Last but not least, the city and the University of Göttingen offer a variety of activities for sports enthusiasts. The "Hochschulsport Göttingen" (university sports centre) is one of the biggest in Germany, and it offers a wide range of disciplines and gyms for members of the Göttingen campus. More than 150 different sports with an indoor pool, climbing centre, gym and several outdoor sports fields are offered for an extremely reasonable price.