At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

  • Degree

    Master of Arts
  • Language of instruction

    German, some English
  • 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, usually 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;
  • knowledge (receptive) of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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 binational master’s programme in German as a Foreign and Second Language in the Vietnamese-German Context is an integrated binational MA programme with a double degree. The programme has a stronger focus on research. The binational master’s degree programme comprises compulsory content from the fields of didactics/methodology, (applied) linguistics including phonetics, and cultural and literary studies.

The programme equips students with the following skills:

  • Systemic expertise that enables students, for example, to formulate subject and problem-related questions in the areas of cultural studies, didactics of foreign language teaching and linguistics/applied linguistics, including phonetics/phonology, and to apply the knowledge of research methods acquired in the modules to their own academic problems, and to conduct independent and appropriate work on their own research questions.
  • Communicative expertise that enables them, in the context of examinations or colloquia, to present their own research projects in line with the current state of research and application. For this purpose, they know, analyse and evaluate the most important scientific research methods of the field.
  • Instrumental expertise: they are able to apply their knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills to new and unfamiliar situations that have a broader or multidisciplinary connection to their field of study. They acquire the ability to analyse and reflect in order to assess and apply the methods and theories of the field, also taking into account the latest developments. This includes knowledge of specialist terminology and a critical approach to research literature, but also the acquisition of increased cultural and linguistic competence.
  • Widening knowledge: graduates of the master’s programme have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that typically builds on the bachelor’s level and significantly deepens or broadens it. They are able to define and interpret the particularities, boundaries, terminologies and doctrines of their field of study.
  • Deepening knowledge: their knowledge and understanding form the basis for the development and/or application of independent ideas. This can focus more on application or research. They have a broad, detailed and critical understanding of the latest knowledge in one or more special areas.

The binational master’s programme in German as a Foreign and Second Language in the Vietnamese-German Context ends with a further academic degree with the title “Master of Arts”.

The master’s programme (MA) entails a student workload of 120 ECTS credits. One credit corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours of attendance, private study as well as preparation and completion of exams. No more than 60 credits should be earned per academic year. 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:

Of the total of 120 credits, 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 five or 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 master’s programme includes a mandatory internship module for all students (04-004-2011-B). Lasting at least five weeks, this mandatory internship must be completed at one of the cooperating organisations or institutions.

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 German-speaking countries and Vietnam.

Students from Leipzig University who enrol on the binational master’s programme in German as a Foreign and Second Language in the Vietnamese-German Context are required to study for three semesters in Leipzig and one semester at the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi. This period abroad takes place in the second semester of study.


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.


Two semesters of study at foreign partner universities

Award of a double degree with an international partner university

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