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History and Cultures of Ancient Western Asia: Focus on Archaeology of Ancient Western Asia

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Ancient Studies
Near Eastern Archaeology
Prof. Dr. Dominik Bonatz
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin
(030) 838-521 06

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in ancient history from Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on the archaeology of ancient Western Asia or an equivalent degree with an archaeology of ancient Western Asia component that corresponds to this element in the bachelor’s program in ancient history at Freie Universität Berlin.

  • Proof of language skills in two foreign languages relevant to the subject, preferably Latin, English, French, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Persian or Turkish (level B1 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.

This program provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to have a successful career as an archaeologist specializing in Western Asia. The program teaches methodological approaches to conduct in-depth analyses of archaeological data and the ability to work in interdisciplinary research groups. It also conveys broad knowledge about the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Due to its international character, the master’s degree program contains a significant number of courses taught in English. The scope of courses includes time periods between the Epipaleolithic and the Islamic periods. Geographically, the program covers regions from Anatolia and Syria to the Indus Valley and from the Caucasus Mountains to the Arabian Peninsula.

1st Semester Admissions
Unrestricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission
Application and Registration Period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 - May 31 (for winter semester) and December 1 - January 15 (for summer 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 and summer semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters