Iranian Studies

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
East Asia and the Near East
Institute of Iranian Studies
Dr. Götz König
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin

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For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the history and culture of the Near East (focus on Iranian studies) or Central Asian studies, Indo-European studies, ancient history, history, cultural studies, linguistics, literary studies, social studies, political science, ethnology, or religious studies with proof of Persian language skills on the level of the bachelor’s degree program Middle East history and culture with an Iranian studies concentration at Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent university degree that corresponds in terms of content and structure.

  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR).

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

Building on the foundations of the bachelor’s program History and Culture of the Near East (Iranian Studies concentration) or an equivalent study course, graduate students learn further Iranian languages in the program. Students broaden their expertise in the practice of philology – including an interdisciplinary module with Turkish studies – and acquire a broader awareness of one or more thematic fields such as the history of Iranian literature, culture, or religion. Students will be trained to do independent research in the discipline of classical Iranian studies as it is understood internationally.

Admission for the 1st semester
No limited admissions
Admission for higher semesters
No limited admissions
Application and registration period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 – May 31 (for winter semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester), and January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester)
Enrollment period
see notice of admission
Program start
Winter semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters