At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

    postgraduate
  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

    German, some foreign language
  • Full/part-time

    part-time, full-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Four semesters

  • ECTS credits

    120

Requirements

  • Usually an academic degree in the subjects German as a foreign language, German, German language and literature, Letras Alemão, German studies, linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, literary studies or related subjects;
  • 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 Portuguese at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (reading comprehension);
  • knowledge of Portuguese at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (other skills).

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.

Contents

The master’s programme in German as a Foreign Language: Estudos interculturais de língua, literatura e cultura alemãs is a consecutive, research-oriented programme of study. Students complete two semesters at Leipzig University and two semesters at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba. The master’s degree programme comprises compulsory content from the fields of linguistics, cultural studies, and didactics/methodology.

In this regard, the programme combines the strengths of the two partner universities: in Leipzig these include linguistics and applied linguistics, didactics, cultural studies and test research. In Curitiba they include intercultural literature and translation studies as well as contrastive cultural studies. Vocational key qualifications are also among the integral components of the programme. The programme is intended to prepare students for academic-based professions and – taking into account the requirements, 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, systematic work, think for themselves and act responsibly. In particular, students should be enabled to critically assess, consider more carefully and apply basic theories and methods of the subject. Students will receive the opportunity to further develop skills for the independent formulation and handling of complex scientific questions, including in a comparative and interdisciplinary context, combined with a capacity for intercultural communication and for the application of techniques of scholarly work, including research, oral and written presentation. The binational master’s programme is a unique way of qualifying students for work in the educational or cultural field in Portuguese-speaking countries.

The master’s programme in German as a Foreign Language: Estudos interculturais de língua, literatura e cultura alemãs ends in a Master of Arts double degree, which is awarded by both the Brazilian and German universities.

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 binational programme in German as a Foreign Language: Estudos interculturais de língua, literatura e cultura alemãs mainly comprises compulsory elective modules, thus enabling students to develop their own profile. Please note, however, that students are required to cover all three sub-areas (1. Didactics; 2. Linguistics / Applied Linguistics; and 3. Literary and Cultural Studies).

A mandatory component of the master’s programme is an internship of at least five weeks, which must be completed at an institution related to the field of study in Curitiba. Students are expected to organise this internship themselves, although the University does have numerous contacts at institutions such as the Goethe-Institut.

The programme prepares students for work in a wide range of professional fields, especially in the German-Brazilian context and the Portuguese-speaking world, e.g. in the areas of research and teaching, education, diplomatic service, media and publishing, cultural management and cultural exchange, international organisations, and foreign trade relations.

The second and third semesters are spent at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba. Once there, students take the compulsory module “Portuguese Language Practice/Brazil Studies” as well as two compulsory elective modules. The range consists of the modules “Intercultural Studies: Brazil in German-speaking Countries, German Presence in Brazil”, “Literature Studies in an Intercultural Context: German-language and Contemporary Brazilian Literature”, “Translation as Interlingual and Cultural Communication” and “Contrastive Linguistics: Portuguese – German”.

In the third semester, an elective subject can be chosen from the courses offered by UFPR’s Faculty of Humanities. Students also complete the internship and begin their master’s thesis.

A mandatory component of the master’s programme is an internship of at least five weeks, which must be completed at an institution related to the field of study in Curitiba. Students are expected to organise this internship themselves, although the University does have numerous contacts at institutions such as the Goethe-Institut.

Application

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.

Internationality

Two semesters of study at foreign partner universities

Award of a double degree with an international partner university

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