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Application Information

Application and Registration Period

 

For First Semester: May 4 - June 30, 2020 (Winter Semester only)

For Higher Semesters: May 4 - June 30, 2020 (Winter Semester) and January 1 - Februrary 15 (Summer Semester)

The application period for the summer semester 2021 has been changed:
01.12.2020 - 15.02.2021 (application via uni assist)
04.01.2021 - 15.02.2021 (application via FUB)
Beginning of Study

 

Winter Semester (Mid-October)
Language of Instruction

 

English
Degree conferred

 

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Semesters Required to Complete Coursework 4 Semesters

 


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master's program is limited to a specific number of applicants. Students with a degree obtained in Germany apply directly to the university. Students who have not received their university degree at a German institution of higher education are required to apply via uni-assist (see below).

Further information about admissions requirements can be found in the Satzung zur Regelung der Vergabe von Studienplätzen für den Masterstudiengang Nordamerikastudien. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with official admissions requirements, the deadline for application has been changed to May 31st of each year (and to June 30th in 2020 due to COVID-19). 

Please be aware that applicants are selected solely on the basis of their GPA and the degree to which their B.A. major fits the application requirements. We do not require you to send personal statements or letters of reference.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants to the Master's program must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent secondary degree in the following field(s):

  • North American Studies
    OR

  • one of the six disciplines: History, Cultural Studies, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics
    OR

  • an interdisciplinary course of study that possesses a minimum of 90 earned credits in one of the aforementioned disciplines

CERF C1 English Language Proficiency

The follow documents can be accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • English as your native language (copy of passport or I.D.)
  • Degree from an educational institution where (1) the language of instruction and/or the degree conferred are in English and (2) CEFR level C1 was required at admission (please contact your university for an official letter/certificate)

  • Standardized language test certificates: IELTS 7.0, TOEFL IBT 110; ALTE LEVEL 4; CAMBRIDGE 180 (C-A); UNICERT III; TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455

  • language tests issued by a university

Please consult the student advisor if you have remaining questions about your proof of English language skills. No German proficiency is needed for this Master's program.

Application Process

With German Degree

Applicants who earned their Bachelor's degree in Germany can apply directly to the university. All information necessary for this application procedure can be found on the application website of Freie Universität Berlin.

Required application materials (submitted directly to FU)

    • Completed application form
    • Official Bachelor's degree diploma
    • including an official transcript with your GPA
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • C1 language certificate

Please note that we do not accept additional documents like motivational letters or letters of recommendation.

With Non-German Degree

Applicants who earned their Bachelor's degree in a country other than Germany have to apply via uni-assist. All information necessary for this application procedure can be found on the application website of Freie Universität Berlin.

Required application materials (submitted to uni-assist)

    • Completed application form
    • Official Bachelor's degree diploma
    • including an official transcript with your GPA
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • C1 language certificate
    • Official translations of all certificates (if issued in a language other than German or English)


Please note that we do not accept additional documents like motivational letters or letters of recommendation. Make sure you leave yourself enough time before the deadline to get certified copies and translations of the required documents!

Higher Semester Admission

Students who wish to transfer to North American Studies from a different university can apply for higher-semester admission, if they have already earned a certain amount of credit points related to North American Studies. These CPs must not have been earned in a successfully completed program.

  • 2nd semester admission: minimum of 20 CP (summer semester intake)
  • 3rd semester admission: minimum of 50 CP (winter semester intake)

Students must complete at least 50% / 60 CP of their degree at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute in order to graduate. Admissions into the 3rd and 4th semester are not possible.

Tuition Fees

There are no tuition fees at Freie Universität Berlin. Students pay a semester fee of currently 312.89 €. Please find more information here.

Need help?

If you have questions regarding the application and admission process, please contact the general student counseling service:

Student-Service-Center
Iltisstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Office-Hours:
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 5 pm
Fri: 9 am - 3 pm

Phone: +49 (0) 30 838 - 70000

E-Mail: info-service@fu-berlin.de

If you have questions about the language requirements, credit transfer and course conversion, program structure or the John-F.-Kennedy Institute in general, please contact the academic advisor. Please be aware that we cannot evaluate any transcripts beforehand.


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