African Studies (Master of Arts)

Special regulations (due to COVID19) for applications to the Master's programmes

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The aim of the African Studies/African Linguistics programme is to teach and develop expert knowledge in the area of African studies as well as knowledge of related themes. The programme’s focus is, on the one hand, on training young academics for linguistic research carried out in Africa, and on the other hand, on African linguistics with an interdisciplinary approach including social as well as communication and literary content.

The research-oriented programme aims to teach (i) comprehensive theoretical and methodical skills in different linguistic areas, and (ii) a thorough basic knowledge of Africa. Graduates of the Master’s programme in African Studies should, on the one hand, be able to conduct African studies research on their own and, on the other hand, be able to work on linguistic issues again in relation to research themes. In the more application-orientated programme students are encouraged to acquire another African language that enables them to learn about regional specialisations and to learn how to handle interdisciplinary questions. Acquiring expertise in the fields of socio-linguistics, oration, media and communication sciences should enable graduates to take up careers both within the academic world, in research, and outside the academic world.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations 


Master of Arts in African Studies 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winterer semester.

Student advisory service

Dr. Ulrike Zoch and Lino Weist
Institute for African Studies
Neue Mensa/Sozialzentrum (5. OG)
Bockenheimer Landstraße 133
60325 Frankfurt

Appointments only by e-mail

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • successfully completed Bachelor’s degree in empirical linguistics with an African focus, or equivalent degree in a German or non-German African or linguistics Bachelor’s programme; recognition and comparability of degrees is decided by the examination committee.
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

No regulations.

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full. 

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • you may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications

01. April - 31. August for the winter semester.

Address for applications Please contact the department

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