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, 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 Spanish at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (reading comprehension);
  • knowledge of Spanish 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 binational master’s programme in German as a Foreign Language: Estudios interculturales de lengua, literatura y cultura alemanas, offered by Leipzig University and the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, is a consecutive, research-oriented programme of study.

The master’s degree programme comprises compulsory content from the fields of linguistics/applied linguistics, intercultural studies, intercultural literary studies and didactics/methodology. Vocational key qualifications are 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. During the programme, the aim is to develop academic competence in such a way that it is of use after completing the MA and can be deepened through individual experience and continuing education. The programme is designed to prepare students for work in a wide range of professional fields, with a special emphasis on imparting knowledge and expertise that will enable them to work in the field of academic and cultural exchange between the German and Spanish-speaking worlds.

The master’s programme in German as a Foreign Language: Estudios interculturales de lengua, literatura y cultura alemanas ends with a further academic degree in the form of a double degree, conferring the titles of “Master of Arts” (Leipzig University) and maestría (Universidad de Guadalajara).

The master’s programme (MA) entails a student workload of 120 ECTS credits, of which 30 credits are allocated to the master’s thesis. 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. 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. They are concluded with a module examination, which consists of no more than two individual examinations and on the basis of which credits are awarded. Depending on their workload, modules are worth a certain number of credits, with one module usually equivalent to ten credits. There are two basic types of module: all students are required to take compulsory modules, while students can select compulsory elective modules from a thematically limited range. The master’s programme includes a five-week mandatory internship which must be completed in the second or third semester at an institution related to the field of study at the Universidad de Guadalajara. The master’s thesis is usually written in the third semester at the Universidad de Guadalajara and in the fourth semester at Leipzig University. It entails a student workload of 30 credits and must be written in German.

The programme prepares students for work in a wide range of professional fields, 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. A special emphasis is placed on imparting knowledge and skills that prepare students for work in the field of academic and cultural exchange between the German and Spanish-speaking worlds.

The master’s programme consists of two semesters of study at Leipzig University (first and fourth semester) as well as two semesters of study at the Universidad de Guadalajara (second and third semester). In addition to the mandatory internship, students at the Universidad de Guadalajara take the compulsory module “Mexico Studies and Spanish”. Students are free to choose from the other modules on offer. This freedom of choice is restricted in the sense that all sub-areas of the subject (didactics/methodology, linguistics, cultural and literary studies) must be considered at some point during the master’s programme.

The programme includes a five-week mandatory internship which must be completed in the second or third semester at an institution related to the field of study at the Universidad de Guadalajara.

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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