International Programmes 2022/2023

Francophones Studies: Multiple Africas | Études Francophones: Afriques Multiples Francophones Studies: Multiple Africas

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • English
  • French
  • German

Courses are held mainly in French (85%) and also in English (10%) and German (5%).

The Master's thesis can be written either in French or in German.

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
  • part-time (study alongside work)
Mode of study
Less than 50% online
Programme duration
4 semesters, 8 semesters
Winter semester
Additional information on beginning, duration and mode of study
  • Beginning in winter semester
  • Four semesters
  • Some courses are offered in a hybrid manner.
Application deadline

31 July for the following winter semester

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

The University of Bayreuth offers the Master Études francophones: Afriques Multiples, the concept of which is unique in Germany. This Master's programme focuses on French as a language and as a medium of cultures and literatures in francophone countries in Africa (West and Central Africa, Maghreb, Indian Ocean) and America (USA, Canada and the Caribbean). Students focus on either linguistics or literature and specialise in Digital Humanities or in various practical orientations.

Course organisation
  1. Théories et méthodes (Littératures et Linguistique)
  2. Francophonies en Afrique
  3. Afrique dans le monde
  4. Francophonies : Aspects numériques et pratiques
  5. Stage
  6. Langues
  7. Mémoire de Master
  8. It is possible to specialise by having a focus in four, five, and six (e.g. digital humanities, curation, festival organisation, languages, internships).
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated internships

See § 4 (2): "Teilbereiche des Studiengangs"

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Pace of course
Instructor-led (Specific due dates for lectures/assignments/exams)
Phase(s) of attendance in Germany (applies to the entire programme)
Yes, compulsory
Types of online learning elements
  • Online sessions
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: 116.03 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
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Scholarships for international students: International students and doctoral researchers have the opportunity to apply to the International Office for a study grant. Limited funding from the State of Bavaria and the DAAD is available for this purpose. The application deadline for the winter semester is 31 August and for the summer semester 28 February. All grants can be awarded for up to two semesters.

Unfortunately, first-semester students cannot be funded, i.e. applications cannot be submitted until the second semester of study for funding starting in the third semester of study. Above all, academic achievements from the previous semester are decisive for the evaluation of the application.

Academic admission requirements

See § 2 "Zugang zum Studium, Qualifikation".

Language requirements

French C1, German A1

Application deadline

31 July for the following winter semester

Submit application to

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
  • Specialist counselling
Supervisor-student ratio

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