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At a Glance

Programs of Study

Start Date and Length

  • Our master's programs begin every winter semester in October.
  • Each is a full-time course of study spanning four semesters, i.e. two years.

Application Deadline

  • 15 June: MiBNACS & MELLIT
  • 30 June: MELLing (non-EU/EEA students)
  • 15 July: MELLing (EU/EEA students)

Language of Instruction



  • Students from EU and EEA countries: €155 student activity fee per semester. No tuition fees.
  • Students from non-EU/EEA countries: €155 student activity fee per semester plus tuition fees of €1,500 per semester.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree: €155 student activity fee per semester plus tuition fees of €650 per semester.
(The fee for a second degree will not be levied if the student is already paying the non-EU tuition fee or if the first degree was obtained outside of Germany).

These tuition fees came into effect starting in the 2017/18 Winter Semester. Read more details here.


Language Requirements


Our master's programs require an excellent command of the English language: you must have a level equivalent to C1 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  The University's Language Teaching Centre also offers general information on Tests and Certificates.

The following table lists equivalences between various certificates and the CEFR.


IELTS 5.5–6.5 7.0–8.0 9.0
TOEFL iBT 72–94 95–110 111–120
Cambridge English
B2 First (FCE) C1 Advanced (CAE) C2 Proficiency (CPE)
German equivalents:
TestDaF TDN 3–4 TDN 4–5 n/a
Goethe-Institut Goethe-Zertifikat B2 Goethe-Zertifikat C1 Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS) 


The following substitutes are also accepted:

  • English as native or official language (C2)
  • German or Luxembourgian Abitur with a certificate of English competence (C1)
  • Completed degree in English Language and Literature in Germany (C1)


A working knowledge of German is recommended, but not required.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Freiburg doesn’t provide financial aid or many scholarships directly, but several options are available. The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded through the university to high-achieving students from around the world. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarships are great for international students, but must be applied for almost a year in advance (usually before you’ve even applied to a program). Many political, religious or research foundations offer scholarships to students from various backgrounds. You can find many of them in this database. Generally only German students are eligible for BAföG (federal financial aid), but other EU students may be eligible in special circumstances. As financial aid options may vary depending on your nationality, it is best for you to find out details on a case-by-case basis and in direct contact with Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk), the Student Service Center, the DAAD, or the German embassy in your country of residence.

ECTS Credits

You receive ECTS credits for the courses taken in our master’s programs. The ECTS system quantifies workload in terms of the amount of time per course students will have to spend attending lectures, doing readings, completing assignments and writing exams/term papers.

One ECTS credit equals twenty-five hours worth of coursework; the average full course load for one semester is equal to 750 hours, or 30 ECTS credits. The ECTS system helps outline the general structure of the program, and also defines the amount of time each of the required elements of the program should take. It facilitates the documentation of students’ progress.

In total, 120 ECTS credits must be accumulated for the successful completion of our master’s programs.