Master's Program in Intercultural German Studies

Changes to the application process

In light of the current coronavirus situation, we have to change the application process for our master's programs. Please click here for detailed background information.

However, as an applicant, you will not suffer any disadvantages as a result. The following changes apply to the master's program in Intercultural German Studies:
New application deadline: May 1 to May 31, 2020                                                    Qualification/ECTS: Applicants need at least 120 ECTS credits.

  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: approx. 120

    Language of instruction: German and English

    Language requirements: German and English; for further information see Admission requirements and selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities, University of Mannheim and Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

    In accordance with the current tuition fee schedules, students have to pay additional incidential fees to the amount of approx. CAN $ 650 per term for the three terms at the University of Waterloo (status spring 2018). Yet, you do not have to pay tuition fees at the University of Waterloo.

  • Program overview

    The master’s program in Intercultural German Studies is a joint degree program in which students study one year respectively at the University of Mannheim and at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

    Students take courses in Germanic Linguistics and Literary Studies as well as in Cultural Studies and Intercultural Research.

    The master's program includes one mandatory module in Mannheim and in Waterloo respectively. Apart from that, students canflexibly organize their studies. They can chose their courses freely, focusing either on Literary Studies or Linguistics. Please see the exemplary degree plan for orientation.

    The master’s program in Intercultural Studies offers students the opportunity to study at two outstanding universities in two different languages and cultural areas. This enables our students not only to acquire sound specialist knowledge but also intercultural understanding that is important for their subject matter and, of course, beyond.

  • Why study Intercultural German Studies at the University of Mannheim?

    The program was the first joint degree master’s program between two schools of humanities in Germany and Canada. This means that, at the end of their studies, students receive a degree certificate issued jointly by both universities.

    Both the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promote and support the program’s innovative concept. As part of the program Integrated International Double Degree Programs, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) even grants every student a scholarship for the duration of their stay abroad.

    In addition, the accreditation agency Acquin praises the program’s merits and the close cooperation between coordinators and students.

  • Career opportunities

    Our graduates stand out due to their intercultural competence and enhanced mobility. These skills are becoming increasingly important in our society and thus qualify our students for jobs with international focus.

    For example, they can work in public relations, marketing, project management, and consulting. Likewise, they qualify for activities in the media such as journalism, editing or proofreading.

    Another option is to continue your academic education at a university in Germany or abroad. Suitable subject matters would be related fields such as second language acquisition, intercultural communication, educational science or international business administration. Successful graduates of the master's program also have the opportunity to subsequently obtain a doctoral degree and thus pursue a career in academia.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the master’s program in Intercultural German Studies should

    • have a pronounced interest in cultural, literary and/or linguistic topics,
    • have intercultural competence and be willing to extend it,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner,
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    Depending on the university that you have been admitted to, the module catalog of the University of Mannheim (only available in German) or the module catalog of the University of Waterloo will give you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    Studying abroad is mandatory during the second and third semesters. Depending on whether you have enrolled in Mannheim or Canada, you will spend both semesters at the respective partner university. It is not possible to complete the entire program of study in Mannheim.

    The program includes a mandatory internship in research or teaching, which should be completed during your stay in Canada if possible. Within the framework of the cooperation, corresponding internship offers are available. It is also possible to do a voluntary internship. The program manager will be happy to advise you.

  • Doctorates

    Successful graduates of the master’s program in Intercultural German Studies can pursue a doctorate at the School of Humanities.

    A special option is the Cotutelle Program that is also run jointly with the University of Waterloo. This program involves research at both universities and culminates in a double doctorate from both universities.

    The program managers will be happy to advise you on further options.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master's program in Intercultural German Studies (M.A.) applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in German Studies. A degree in a different field is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee. The following requirements must be met:

    • a total of 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of six semesters,
    • a final grade of 2.5 or better.

    Language requirements
    You have to submit proof of English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 and German language proficiency equivalent to level C1.

    Conditional admission
    If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 135 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your bachelor’s degree by the exam registration period in the first semester (refer to selection statutes).

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

  • Application

    Application deadline
    Please note:

    In light of the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadline: Applications can be submitted as of May 1, 2020.
    Current information on the application procedure
    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    The application period for the fall semester is from March 15 to April 30. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

    Important information on your application for admission to a master’s program
    We regularly receive incomplete applications that we cannot take into account. Please observe the following:

    • Applications with a transcript of records that has been printed out by the student him- or herself and has not been stamped – or applications that include copies of certificates and transcripts that have not been notarized – cannot be accepted and must be rejected. Therefore, please ensure that your transcript of records carries the official stamp and signature of your higher education institution.
    • Proof of language proficiency: We cannot accept all available certificates as proof of foreign language proficiency. This particularly applies to comments added to higher education entrance qualifications in some German Länder as well as language courses not concluded with an officially recognized language test. Please contact us in advance as applications without acceptable proof of language proficiency are invalid and must be rejected. Please note: The copy of your proof of language proficiency must also be notarized. 

    We recommend you to send us your application as early as possible. Only then will we be able to request any missing documents from you. If you have any questions, please contact us. Our pages on how to apply provide you with a comprehensive list of documents you need to include with a complete application for admission to a master’s program.


Dr. Regine Zeller

Dr. Regine Zeller

Coordinator of M.A. Intercultural German Studies
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Department of German Studies
Schloss – Room EW 251
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
During the semester: Wed 11 a.m.–noon
During the semester break: on appointment