In cooperation with various institutes of Peking University, in 2005 the ZDS founded the interdisciplinary joint master's degree program "German Culture and Social Change." It aims at equipping the students with expertise in their respective subjects and profound knowledge of the German culture and society. They attend seminars in their main subjects and additional lectures and language courses at the ZDS. Their mentors are ZDS members from their respective field of study.
During their studies, the students in the master's program spend one year in Berlin. There they enroll in courses at Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität and prepare their dissertations with the support of German mentors from both universities.
The students are mainly recruited from institutes of Peking University taking part in the ZDS, however the master's degree program has been opened to graduates of Beijing Normal University (especially in the subject educational science) and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), too.
For the successful conclusion of the master's program at least ca. 43 credit points have to be acquired. They are distributed as follows:
The ZDS curriculum consists of five modules. The students choose courses which may not correspond with their respective main subjects.
Module 1: German History
Module 2: Interdisciplinary Courses I
Module 3: Interdisciplinary Courses II
Module 4: Interdisciplinary Courses III
Module 5: Interdisciplinary courses IV
Before being accepted for the Berlin year, the students have to pass Test DaF with at least 4x4 points. Especially students who have not graduated in German language and literature are supported with Test DaF training courses, usually in cooperation with students from the Berlin universities who spend a semester abroad as tutor at the ZDS.