Sprachstrukturen und Sprachkulturen im romanistischen Kontext (Master of Arts)
(Romance language structures and cultures)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

Romance language structures and cultures is a binational four-semester Master’s program jointly offered by the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures of Goethe University Frankfurt and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Students who successfully complete the program obtain a Double Degree (Master of Arts and Laurea Magistrale) from the two universities.

The focus of the degree program lies on Romance linguistics with a particular orientation to empirical research. Special attention is paid to the linguistic structure (syntax, morphology and phonology) of the Romance languages from a comparative-contrastive perspective in relation to their variation and their comparison with German. In addition, students consolidate and improve their language skills in a Romance language of their choice (French, Italian or Spanish) and engage in the study of the literature and cultural productions in the language of their choice. Central competences that are trained and developed during the program are: excellent speaking and writing in the foreign language (French, Italian or Spanish), scientific handling of texts and media contents, competence in production of specialized texts (reviews, translations, journal articles), practices of international scientific work, oral and written presentation of scientific results in the foreign language, argumentation and discussion skills as well as the use of media and presentation methods.

A characteristic feature of this Master is the integrated and obligatory study stay in Venice in the second semester (with the option to extend the stay for a further semester). Thanks to the many international organizations and companies, as well as publishing houses and cultural institutions based in Frankurt am Main, enrolled students will receive the opportunity for completing hands-on projects and career-oriented internships.  The same holds for Venice with its cultural heritage, art events and important cultural institutions.

For whom?

The Master is suitable for students with a Bachelor Degree in Romance languages and literatures or similar programs, who would like to acquire further linguistic and intercultural competences by completing a double-degree program. The program prepares for further qualification in a doctoral program as well as for a professional career in cultural institutions, media, international organizations and companies.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations 


Master of Arts  (Double Degree Goethe Universität Frankfurt und Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)


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

Languages of instruction

German, Engish, Italian

Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the wintersemester.

Student advisory service

Univ.-Prof´in Dr. Cecilia Poletto
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: Poletto@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Dr. Irene Caloi
E-Mail: caloi@em.uni-frankfurt.de

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages and Literatures (as major or minor) obtained at the Goethe University, or a similar degree from a German or a foreign university, with a duration of at least six semesters.
  • French, Italian or Spanish language skills at the B2 level (CEFR) attested by:
    - a bachelor degree obtained at Goethe University in Romance languages or literatures as a major or minor subject, or
    - a higher education admission qualification from a country in which the selected Romance language (French, Italian or Spanish) is the official language, or
    - certificates attesting the successful completion of languages courses in German or foreign universities, for a total of at least 300 teaching hours, equivalent in quantity and quality with a Bachelor Degree and at the B2 level (explicit reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages must be included); or
    - evaluations, lecturer examinations or certificates documenting the required language skills, whereby the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) must be explicitly mentioned.
  • English language skills at the B2 level (CEFR) attested by:
    - Bachelor's certificates documenting English language skills at B2 level of the CEFR, or
    - a higher education admission qualification from an Englis-speaking country, or
    - a certificate from a high school attesting that the candidate took English courses for at least 5 years and obtained on average a note at least equivalent to “4.0” or “sufficient”, or
    - evaluations, lecturer examinations or certificates documenting the required language skills, whereby the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) must be explicitly mentioned.
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of Goethe University about the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance, with a DSH-1 certificate, unless they are exempted from the German language examination according to the DSH regulations.

Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 150 credit points in the B.A. must have been obtained; proof of English language skills must be submitted; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

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
    - letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Download)
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • proof of Italian language skills (level B2)
  • proof of English language skills (level B2)
  • If the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution: certificate of German language skills (DSH I)
  • CV
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)

Application period

01.06. - 31.08. 

Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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