Studies in European Culture – Master of Arts


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

An interdisciplinary Master's degree in the field of cultural studies: Study the M.A.-programme Studies in European Culture in Konstanz and the world! The programme's multi-disciplinary and research-oriented approach focuses on European cultural dynamics and the complexity of interrelations between European and global developments. A core part of the programme therefore is the semester abroad at a non-European university in Argentina, Chile, China, India, Canada, South Africa and the US.

The Master’s Programme Studies in European Culture offers a broad education in cultural science. The main focus is on the cultural scientific investigation of the construct of Europe: its historical origins, ideas, religious formations, its contradictions and ambiguities, its non-material or political expansions, its institutions and cultural conflicts.

The programme is formally linked to the Department of Literature, but in addition to the core area of cultural science it also explicitly includes other disciplines. History and sociology, which are both at home in one department, are very strongly represented. You can also opt for an emphasis in politics or law. The objective is the competent analysis and evaluation of past as well as current integration and disintegration processes. In this respect the study programme benefits from its connection with the Center of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Social Integration".


DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period14.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Number of places:20

Why study Studies in European Culture at Konstanz?

The master’s programme Studies in European Culture offers a transdisciplinary, research-oriented approach to the cultural dimensions of Europe. The programme places a special focus on the complex interrelationships between European and global developments. In addition to the theoretical contents, we attach great value to the interdisciplinary and international components in the study programme.

Lively interaction in the seminars, which address specific contents in small groups, has priority over lecture formats. The programme’s internal colloquium (Europa-Parlament) offers our master’s students the opportunity to discuss together specific questions and contents, individual study directions and project ideas, and to evaluate possible improvements. Excellent supervision and support are a hallmark of this study programme. As only 20 students are admitted to the programme per year, we can guarantee excellent teaching and mentoring for every student.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

As a master’s graduate you will benefit from a broad spectrum of qualifications. Your individual area of focus will also shape your potential areas of work. A key objective is developing the ability to contextualise, i.e. the ability to continually rework and develop knowledge, to draw on it and apply it in different contexts.

Typical work areas include:

  • Research and teaching
  • European and international organisations, NGOs
  • European and international cultural exchange
  • European media (journalism, public relations, expert journals etc.)

Further professional perspectives can be found in the interview series #dreamjob – Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


An internship is not mandatory, but recommended. You can have it credited as coursework in the supplementary course area. Your department or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

You will spend your third semester studying abroad at one of our partner universities outside of Europe.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • The desire to read extensively and to discuss literary and historical source texts as well as secondary scientific texts
  • Prior specialist knowledge (methodology, theory) in disciplinary fields included in the programme
  • Well-founded historical and cultural scientific interest in the construct of Europe and its global interrelationships
  • Your ability to express yourself in German and in English is very good

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You need
advanced skills in English and at least another foreign language level B2.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction is German. Some courses are taught in English.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with the grade "good" (2.0) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme at an institution of higher education or 'Berufsakademie' in a subject relevant for this master's programme, such as literature, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, cultural sciences, (cultural) anthropology, European and regional studies, political sciences and so on. If you have not yet received your examination certificate, please provide an official transcript of records to document your preliminary final grade.
  • You need to document advanced skills in English and at least another foreign language level B2.
  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) stating your intense interest in European cultural theory or cultural history.
  • International applicants must provide documentation of advanced skills in English, and German language skills, at least level 2 of the DSH (German language examination for university entrance) or 4 points in all areas of the TestDaf. Please contact our International Office for more information.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

Admission to the Master's Programme Studies in European Culture is restricted.

An application is possible during the following period: 14.5. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission, please indicate your area of specialisation and attach a passport photo
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results (relevant for your final degree) so far;
  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae with documentation of all qualifications relevant for admission (see § 6 para. 3c admission regulations);
  • Documentation of advanced skills in English and at least another modern foreign language level B2 (spoken and written) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).
  • Informal application for recognition as a case of hardship (if applicable), please attach documentation

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi
  • Applicants from Georgia: please submit a declaration of consent for the verification of your documents' authenticity by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) in Bonn, Germany.