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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
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Urs Matthias Zachmann
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin

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
Unrestricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission (for 3rd semester for winter semester, for 2nd and 4th semester for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters
Starting your study program