European Cultural Studies (M.A.)

The 'European Cultural Studies' programme is designed to be taken as a subsidiary subject by students on Master's programmes who wish to complement their main subject of study with additional academic modules that focus on selected aspects of European history, literature, languages and culture and that provide them with a fundamental grounding in their chosen specialist field.


Students select two of the following three areas of special interest:

  • The specialist area 'European Languages' enables students to acquire greater proficiency in the main European languages, to become acquainted with the cultures of the countries whose languages are being studied and to acquire linguistic insight into the structure and function of the relevant European languages.
  • The specialist area 'Literature and Culture' introduces students to the theories and methodologies employed in literature and cultural studies. Students gain both a general overview and a more selected advanced understanding of the various European cultures and the historical and contemporary texts associated with them.
  • The specialist area 'History and Culture' has been designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of European history, to teach them about the fundamental underlying questions and the methods used to address them, and to provide them with the tools and skills necessary to assess different cultural domains based on the historical records.

The subsidiary subject 'European Cultural Studies' is highly interdisciplinary in nature and the very broad range of fields covered allows students to develop and sharpen their personal academic profile. Depending on the choice of specialist areas, students can follow a more practical, applications-based approach or choose to take a more academic and theoretical path, whichever better complements their main subject.


Das Studium des Masternebenfachs "Europäische Kulturstudien" umfasst 27 CP und gliedert sich in drei Wahlpflichtbereiche:

Sprachen in Europa
In diesem Bereich werden grundlegende und vertiefende Sprachkenntnisse in zentralen europäischen Sprachen, Einblicke in die Kultur der Zielländer sowie sprachwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen in Struktur und Funktion der relevanten europäischen Sprachen vermittelt.

Literatur und Kultur
Dieser Bereich bietet eine Einführung in die Theorien und Methoden der Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft und vermittelt Überblickswissen und vertiefende Kenntnisse über diverse Zielkulturen und deren grundlegende historische und aktuelle Textsorten. Dies umfasst literarische Texte aber auch kulturelle Textsorten wie digitale und visuelle Texte, Filme und Musik.

Geschichte und Kultur
Kulturen und kulturelle Phänomene können ohne Kenntnis der Geschichte, in der sie ihre Gestalt gewonnen haben, nicht angemessen verstanden werden. In diesem Bereich werden daher geschichtliche Kenntnisse, grundlegende wissenschaftliche Fragestellungen und Methoden sowie historisch gestützte Urteilskompetenzen in Bezug auf unterschiedliche Kulturbereiche vermittelt.

Einzelheiten zu Wahlpflichtbereichen und Modulen entnehmen Sie bitte der Studienordnung.


Sie können zum Studium des Nebenfachs "Europäische Kulturstudien" zugelassen werden, wenn

  • das von Ihnen gewählte Hauptfach eine Kombination mit dem Nebenfach "Europäische Kulturstudien" erlaubt,
  • Sie im Besitz eines in Deutschland anerkannten Bachelorabschlusses sind und
  • (für ausländische Studienbewerber) Sie Deutschkenntnisse der Niveaustufe C1 nach dem Europäischen Referenzrahmen nachweisen, entweder durch TestDaF-Zeugnis mit mindestens der Niveaustufe 4 in allen Prüfungsteilen, DSH-Zeugnis mit mindestes der Stufe 2 oder Goethe Zertifikat C2.

How to apply

Students can join the programme in the summer or winter semester. Applications must be received by 31 August for admission in the following winter semester and by the last day of February for admission in the following summer semester.

Foreign applicants who do not yet have a certificate of proficiency in German can apply up until 15 July for winter semester entry, and up until 15 January if they plan to begin their studies in the summer semester.

If you would like to apply, please complete the following steps:

  • Register with the SIM applications portal.
  • After registering, complete the online application form.
  • Upload the required supporting documents as scans (PDF files) from within the online application form and then submit your application.

Please only submit your application online, do not send in paper application materials.

Applicants whose pre-university education credentials were obtained in a country other than Germany

Applicants who do not have adequate proof of proficiency in German at the application deadline can apply as an external candidate to take the DSH language exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang), which is the German language proficiency test for foreign applicants seeking admission to higher education, or they can apply for a place on the preparatory German course at Saarland University (Internationales Studienzentrum Saar).

External candidates who want to take the DSH exam will require an advanced level of German (equivalent to CEF level C1). Applicants whose German competence is at a lower level than C1 can apply to join the preparatory German course.

Please note that different deadlines apply for applicants who do not yet have the required level of proficiency in German (15 January for a summer semester start, 15 July for a winter semester start). Applications for admission to the Master's programme will only be processed if they are submitted before the relevant deadline.

At a glance

Standard period of study4 semesters
Possible combinationsFächerkombinationen im Masterstudium
Language of instructionGerman
German language requirements

GER: C1, TestDaF: 4 in all parts of the examination, DSH: 2, Goethe-Zertifikat:C2

Restricted entryNo
Application deadlineWinter semester: 31 August
Summer semester: Last day of February
Application deadline
for applicants without proof of German language proficiency
Winter semester: 15 July
Summer semester: 15 January
Tuition feesNot applicable
Semester feeSee current fee structure


Course adviser

Dr. Stephanie Blum
Saarbrücken Campus
Building A 5.4, Room 320
Phone: +49 681 302 2203

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

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