Information for International Applicants

We offer four different degree programs: one undergraduate degree program (B.A.), two Master's degree programs (M.A.), (a one-subject M.A. and a two-subject M.A.), and a Master of Education (M.Ed.).

The B.A. program provides students with a thorough grounding in linguistics, literary studies, cultural studies and, optionally, ESP studies (English for Special Purposes); it allows a moderate degree of specialization. Please note that in addition to English/American Studies you need a further subject of study (two-subject B.A.). The two M.A. degree programs, by comparison, allow a high degree of specialization in the fields of Anglophone literature, culture and linguistics. The M.Ed. is a degree that qualifies for the teaching of English in German secondary schools.

All of our degree programs are open to international students, i.e. students whose university entrance qualifications were obtained outside the German educational system. However, applicants should be aware of the following conditions:

  • All applications are processed by our university's admission office. Do NOT send your application directly to the English Department. Please address yourself to:
  • The number of places available in the B.A. program is limited and admission will be granted on the basis of applicants' school leaving grades/grade point average (NC=Numerus Clausus).
  • Prospective students applying for the B.A. and the M.Ed. must also pass a German language test (DSH or TestDaF) in order to be admitted.
  • Applicants seeking admission to our Master's degree programs must hold a B.A. in English/American Studies (rather than English Translation Studies, for example). Additionally, they must submit English language test scores (the latter does not apply to students with B.A. degrees obtained in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa). Please note that English test scores are mandatory - even if your B.A. courses were all taught in English. The following English language tests will be accepted:
International English Language Testing Service Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Internet Test)
Overall Min score: 7.5 (Min. Subscore Writing 7.0) Min score: 110

For any further information, including a step-by-step description of the application process, please consult the pages of the International Office.