At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

  • Full/part-time

    part-time, full-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits



  • Academic degree or degree from a state or state-recognised university of cooperative education with a focus on German as a Foreign Language or a comparable study programme;
  • knowledge of German at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • students of partner universities who intend to complete a period of study at Leipzig University from a higher semester of study onwards, must prove their knowledge of German at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages when commencing their studies at Leipzig University;
  • knowledge of Arabic at A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for applicants commencing their studies at Leipzig University’s Herder .

The Faculty will check whether the above requirements have been met and then issue an official notification. This serves as proof that the candidate meets the relevant admission requirements.


The master’s programme in German as a Foreign Language in an Arabic-German Context is a consecutive, research-oriented programme of study offered by the Herder Institute and the Center of Excellence for German and Arabic as Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Education at Ain Shams University in Cairo. The programme’s teaching and research profile is a result of the combination of the subject-specific strengths of the Herder Institute (linguistics/applied linguistics, didactics, cultural studies, test research) and the Center of Excellence (comparative literary studies and literary didactics, contrastive linguistics and Arabic-German discourse analysis). In addition, an in-depth exploration of the other university’s scientific culture is one of the focal points of the programme. In Cairo, students from Leipzig are also offered the key qualification module “Arabic and Arab Culture”. Particular importance is attached to the supervised internships at renowned institutions of language teaching and cultural exchange in Germany and Egypt.

Just like the regular MA in Leipzig, this programme is intended to prepare students for academic-based professions and – taking into account the latest research findings and current developments – to equip them with the necessary specialist knowledge, skills and methods in such a way that they are able to conduct independent scholarly work, think for themselves and act responsibly. In particular, students should learn to reflect on, critically assess and apply basic theories and methods of the subject. They will also have the chance to further develop skills for the independent formulation and handling of complex scientific questions, including in a comparative and interdisciplinary context.

The master’s programme (MA) entails a student workload of 120 ECTS credits. Thirty credits should be earned each semester. Students are awarded credits for passing module examinations. One credit corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours of attendance, private study as well as preparation and completion of exams. The student’s total workload should not exceed 1800 hours per academic year, including the lecture-free period. In the case of part-time studies, the student’s workload is reduced proportionally.

The programme is structured as follows:

The master’s programme comprises 120 credits, of which 30 credits are allocated to the master’s thesis. The course content is taught in modules. Modules are a combination of self-contained courses of limited duration with a certain methodological or subject-specific orientation. Depending on their workload, modules are worth a certain number of credits. They are concluded with a module examination, which consists of one or more individual examinations and on the basis of which credits are awarded. As a rule, a module comprises ten credits. There are two basic types of module:

1.    Compulsory modules: all students are required to take these.
2.    Compulsory elective modules: students can select modules from a thematically limited range.

The German as a Foreign Language in an Arabic-German Context programme ends with a further academic degree with the title “Master of Arts”. Graduates acquire a double degree, which recognises them as specialists in German as a Foreign Language with particular expertise on the Arabic-speaking area. The degree is valid in Germany and Egypt.

The programme prepares students for work in all practical and professional fields of DaF teaching and learning and related fields, such as cultural communication, (foreign) cultural policy, media and publishing, international trade relations etc. in Germany and in Egypt. In the core area of teaching and learning German as a foreign language, graduates can for example work in curriculum planning, in the organisation of language courses or in the development of teaching materials. In addition, students on the master’s programme will learn to conduct independent research in the field of German as a foreign language both at home and abroad.

The master’s programme can be taken up in Leipzig and in Cairo. Students who begin the programme in Leipzig spend either the second or the third semester at the partner university in Cairo, while students who begin the programme in Cairo spend either the second or the third semester at the Herder Institute in Leipzig.


Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): yes
Application period: 2 May–31 May
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.


One semester of study at a foreign partner university

Award of a double degree with an international partner university

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