Information for International Applicants

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

The B.A. course 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 courses, 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 course programmes 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 must be sent to the International Office ( Do NOT send your application directly to the English Department.
  • The number of places available in the B.A. and the M.Ed. programme 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 programmes must hold a B.A. in English/American Studies. 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). The following English language tests will be accepted:
International English Language Testing Service Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Paper-Delivered Test)
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Internet Test)
Min score: 7.0 Min score: 600 Min score: 100

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