Language and Acceptance Requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with an undergraduate degree (BA or equivalent) with a high GPA. The Master of Arts in English Literatures and Literary Theory requires an excellent command of the English language: you must have a level equivalent to CEFR C1, certified by TOEFL (PBT 600, CBT 250, iBT 100), IELTS (7.5–8.0), or Cambridge (CAE/CPE). A working knowledge of German is recommended.



The program starts in the winter semester (October), and the annual application deadline is June 15.

Please send your application (along with the necessary documents listed in the acceptance guidelines; see below) to the following address:

Master of Arts in English Literatures and Literary Theory
Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik
Englisches Seminar
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau


Required Documents

Excerpt from the acceptance guidelines (authoritative text in German here):

§ 4 Application

(1) In order for your application to be accepted, the following documents must be submitted:

  • A completed application form
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate diploma
  • A certified copy of your transcript of records outlining the contents of your undergraduate degree (documents in languages other than English, German, or French need to be translated and officially notarized by a certified translator into German or English)
  • Proof of successful completion of an English language examination (if necessary)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic teaching staff (in German or English)
  • A statement of intent (two to three pages, in English), in which the applicant states his or her reasons for seeking acceptance to the MA program
  • A 2,500 word essay written in English on the subject of the applicant’s choice, which relates to one of the English Literatures and Literary Theory modules. It can be an excerpt from a finished research project (e.g. a term paper, a bachelor’s thesis, a publication, or a conference paper)
  • A chronological CV (résumé) (two to three pages in length, written in English)

(2) If the applicant is not able to produce certified copies of his or her completed diploma by the application deadline, but has at that time finished his or her current course of study, the applicant may hand in a statement from the university, which, in addition to the final grade(s), states that the course of study has been completed. In this case, the officially certified copies must be submitted to the University of Freiburg no later than June 30.


Please note that your application will only be considered if all the documents listed above have been received. Please send your completed application to Professor Fludernik. As soon as we have checked your documents, we will let you know we have received them.


General information concerning enrollment can be found here.




  • Semester and student activity fees: €145 per semester
  • Cost of living: estimated between €650 and €1,000 per month (unfortunately, the cost of rent in Freiburg is rather high; consider student accomodation)
  • There are no stipends available from the university for MA students as of yet


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