English and American Studies

Study information
Key facts
Master of Arts
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Arts
Institute of English and American Studies
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

Components of the Master of Arts in English and American Studies include the English language, its description and analysis in the context of current research, and the academic study of anglophone literatures and cultures from the Middle Ages to the present. The curriculum allows students a great deal of flexibility; they can choose to study the field in a broad, all-encompassing manner, or they may specialize in either linguistics or literature and cultural studies. Emphasis is placed on demanding language courses for practical purposes, which means students must have an excellent command of English before they begin the programme.

Special features

A number of cooperation agreements with other departments, including those of German Linguistics and German Literature as well as the departments of History and Geography, enrich the course offering in the fields of literature and cultural studies. Please note, however, that most of the courses taught by other departments are conducted in German.

Career opportunities

After graduation, students will be qualified for high-level positions at the crossroads between business, culture, and the public sector as well as in fields of work requiring outstanding language and communication skills and intercultural experience. This may include multinational corporations, libraries, archives, digital media, and publishing houses. In addition, graduates may choose to pursue a PhD in the humanities or cultural studies.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent

    For this master's programme you need a subject-specific bachelor degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) in English and/or American Studies, or an equivalent degree for a related subject (humanities, esp. modern languages, linguistics, literary studies).

    ​The overall grade (CGPA) of the bachelor's degree must be 2.5 or better (German and US systems).

  • Language requirements

    This master's programme requires the following language proficiencies:

    • English language proficiency at level C1 (CEFR). Further information about the accepted language proficiency proofs please see the next menu item "application documents > Proof of English language proficiency".

Application documents

  • CV

    Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

  • Motivational letter

    Applicants prove that they are qualified and linguistically fit by submitting a letter of motivation written in English.

  • University entrance qualification certificate

    Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

  • Previous university degrees earned

    All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

  • Detailed transcript of records

    Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

  • Proof of relevant work experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

  • Proof of subject-specific practical experience

    Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

  • Proof of English language proficiency

    This Master's programme requires an English language proficiency at level C1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

    You may prove your English language proficiency by either having obtained a Bachelor's degree in English or American Studies from a German university or by submitting one of the following language certificates:

    • TOEFL: paper based = 588; computer based = 250, internet based = 95,
    • IELTS (academic or general test): Level at least 7.0,
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam (passed),
    • Trinity Ca'Foscari Certification C1 (passed).

Additional application documents for international students

  • Translation of foreign/external application documents

    Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

  • Proof of grading system

    External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

  • Certificate APS

    Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

  • University entrance exam

    Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

    • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
    • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
    • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Dr. Eva-Maria Orth

Opening hours:
please see the website of the institute: http://www.iaa.uni-jena.de/en/

Dr. Doreen Triebel
Student Tutor - Nina Murre
Student Representatives English and American Studies
Academic Office for Student Affairs and Examinations

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