Deadline for applications: July 15th

The “Studies in European Culture” master’s program is targeted at prospective students from Germany and other European and non-European countries. The program begins in the winter semester each year.

After formal eligibility for admission has been verified by the “Application and Enrolment” office in the “Studies and Teaching” department at the University of Konstanz and the personal letters of motivation (max. 2 pages) have been evaluated, places in the program are awarded.

Requirements for prospective students

The program targets highly qualified students who would like to scientifically explore the cultural dimensions of Europe and who have completed their first qualifying university degree (usually a Bachelor of Arts) with a grade of at least “2.5” (German scale) . Relevant subjects for prior undergraduate studies include cultural studies, literature, art and media studies, philosophy, history, anthropology, ethnology, political science, European, Regional and Global Studies, as well as disciplines that are similar to the ones listed here.

Admission requirements and required application documents

Proof of a final undergraduate grade: min. 2.5 (German scale)

Only applicants who are able to demonstrate a final examination performance with an overall grade of at least “2.5” in accordance with § 3, Para. 1) of the admission statutes will be allowed to participate in the internal selection procedure.

In general, grades are documented by providing a copy of your diploma and the final grade of your undergraduate B.A. degree (or a recognized foreign equivalent). Your diploma should always be accompanied by a detailed record of your academic and examination performance(transcript of records).

If you do not have a diploma by the application deadline (e.g. because certain elements of your degree program still have to be completed or officially credited), you may submit an officialtranscript of records (or a comparable list of all grade-relevant courses and exams you have completed during your studies) that contains your current grade point average. If this average grade is not significantly lower than a “2.5” (German scale) – and you meet all other admission requirements – you may be admitted to the “Studies in European Culture” master’s program without initial proof of your diploma.

In such cases, you must have completed your undergraduate program by October at the latest, and must submit your degree certificate with a grade of at least “2.5” no later than two months after the start of the master’s program (December). 

Proof of German language skills (C1)

All applicants must have a very high level of written and spoken German language skills (min. level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER/CEFR).

If German is not your native language, you must prove your knowledge of German by submitting one of the following certificates (or a recognized equivalent):

  • German language exam for university admission, Level 2 (DSH2)
  • Test DaF (at least four points in all four areas)
  • For applicants from China: an APS Certificate from the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing (original)
  • For applicants from Mongolia: an APS Certificate from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ulan Bator (original)
  • For applicants from Vietnam: an APS-Certificate of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hanoi (original)

You can find more information about the options to certify your knowledge of German for admission to the University of Konstanz here

Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation to be included with the application should provide information about the applicant’s individual motivation for applying to the “Studies in European Culture” master’s program. The letter is intended to reflect the applicant’s particular interest in questions of cultural theory and cultural history in relation to Europe. The letter should not exceed 2 pages.

Other application documents that should be submitted

  • A formal application for admission
  • If applicable, a current certificate of matriculation stating the degree major and the  number of semesters studied and/or a certificate of exmatriculation stating the degree major and the number of semesters studied
  • If applicable: a description of any remaining examination work from the undergraduate program.
  • If necessary: a formless request (with supporting documents) for recognition as a hardship case

The application process in 2019

Start of the application period

From mid/end of May until 15.07.2019, you may apply for a spot in the “Studies in European Culture” master’s program. The application takes place via the University of Konstanz’s online application portal (ZEuS).

Deadline for application

The application period ends on 15.07.2019. The applications received will then be evaluated and processed by the “Application and Enrolment” office in the “Studies and Teaching” department to ensure that they meet formal admission requirements. Upon completion of that process, the application documents will be sent to the selection committee for the “Studies in European Culture” master’s program.

Selection process

The program selection committee, which consists of representatives from the program direction team, will meet and evaluate applicants based on the evaluation criteria laid down in the admission statutes. Deciding factors in this process include: the fulfilment of formal admission requirements, academic credentials including the (provisional) final grade of the undergraduate studies, and the letter of motivation. After the selection committee assembles their recommendations for the program, the application documents will be returned to the “Application and Enrolment” office.

Mailing notifications

The “Application and Enrolment” office will send out the notices of admission or rejection to applicants based on the committee’s selections.

Deadline for accepting a place in the program

Applicants that receive a notice of admission must respond and formally accept their place in the program by 30.08.19. Matriculation at the university can directly follow this step.

Submission of missing documentation & completion of outstanding programs

Any missing documentation (e.g. for language skills) must be submitted to the “Application and Enrolment” office or to the program coordination office until 30.09.2019. In addition, any outstanding coursework or exams from the undergraduate program must be completed by this date. 

Proof of B.A degree certificate

If the applicant’s undergraduate program degree certificate has not already been submitted, proof of completion with a final grade of at least “2.5” must be submitted to the “Application and Enrolment” office and the program coordination office by the 30.11.2019 at the latest. If the final grade is worse than “2.5”, students already enrolled in the program will unfortunately have to be exmatriculated immediately. 

Contacts and areas of responsibility

For questions about:

  • Program contents
  • Program structure
  • Program organization
  • Admission regulations
  • Application documents
  • Admissions process

For questions about:

  • the application process
  • time limits
  • approval/rejection notices
  • the clearing process
  • enrollment
  • formal requirements for admission to the program


Division of student affairs and teaching
"Application and Enrolment office"

for German applicants:

  • Wiebke Auer

for international applicants:

  • Lora Schlothauer

Apply now!