Italienstudien / Studi Italiani (Master of Arts)
(Italian Studies)

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

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The masters program “Italian Studies” is a binational four-term degree course supported by the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, at the end of which a double degree (Master of Arts/Laurea Magistrale) will be obtained.
The double degree and the firmly integrated one-year-long stay abroad at the leading university of Venice make this masters programme a unique academic offer within Germany. Frankfurt/Main with its international institutions, corporations, publishing companies and cultural organizations as well as Venice with its cultural heritage and important cultural organizations (Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig, Fondazione Nono, Findazione Cini) offer multiple possibilities of practice-based projects and work-orientated internships. 
Students that enroll themselves in Frankfurt will spend their first and fourth semester in Frankfurt, the second and third in Venice. Students that enroll themselves in Venice will spend their second and third semester in Frankfurt.

The Italian literature, language and culture constitute the core area of the programme provided by the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures (Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen) of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Within the interdisciplinary module, however, there is the possibility of expanding the range of studies by participating in Italy-related courses of the fellow institutes, such as Comparative Literature (Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft), German Studies (Germanistik), History (Geschichte), Art History (Kunstgeschichte), Musicology (Musikwissenschaft) and the History of Religion (Religionsgeschichte). This way, the students will be provided with the opportunity of participating in current projects by research-based learning, thus creating their own interdisciplinary academic profile.

The interdisciplinary, research-oriented masters programme promotes the students’ analytical and conceptual skills and their ability to deal independently with as well as present complex coherencies in a clear and methodical way. Through the obligatory, one-year stay abroad in Venice and Frankfurt, respectively, the students acquire a profound knowledge of the literature, culture and history of the respective partner nation. Their awareness for linguistic and cultural differences will be raised and they will learn to think in terms of cross-cultural and cross-linguistic coherencies. Through the integrated internship or the practice project (four to eight weeks) they will additionally acquire practical skills and gain insight into the field of literature and culture management. Thus, the masters programme “Italian Studies” qualifies students for an academic career within the scope of a doctorate programme as well as for occupations in cultural organizations, in the field of journalism, publishing or education.

For whom?
The programme is aimed at graduates of German universities with a Bachelor degree in Romance Studies or a comparable degree, who want to consolidate their Italy-related, intercultural competences through a double degree masters programme and aspire to working in the media and/or cultural organizations or to a doctorate programme.

Please note: Students who start their studies in the winter semester 2021/22 must take the qualification modules in the field of linguistics. Studies with a major in literature are not possible.

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, Italian

Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the wintersemester.

Student advisory service

Prof. Dr. Christine Ott

Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar or related subject
  • Proof of Italian language skills by certificates or another equivalent form of proof recognised by the examination office (level B2)
  • Proof of reading skills in English by certificates or another equivalent form of proof recognised by the examination office (level B1)
  • 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

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 for 6 months. 

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 B1)
  • CV
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam and China (original)

Deadline for applications

01.06. - 31.08. 

Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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