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Japanese Studies

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
East Asia and the Middle East
Institute of Japanese Studies
Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
(030) 838-571 14

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies or an equivalent university degree that corresponds to the program at Freie Universität Berlin in terms of content and structure, with a proportion of Japan-specific courses and language classes of at least 60 credit points.

  • Proof of English language skills (written and oral; 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.

The consecutive, research-oriented master’s program deepens and broadens the fundamental knowledge in the field of Japanology acquired in a bachelor’s program in Japanese studies/Eastern Asian studies. The focus can be either on cultural studies or social studies pertaining to Japan. The aim of the master’s program is to broaden students’ academic knowledge and competencies in the field and to qualify them professionally.

1st Semester Admissions
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