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.
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.