Interdisciplinary Polish Studies

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Arts
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

The Master of Arts "Interdisciplinary Polish Studies" is designed to give students regional competencies, skills, and key qualifications in Polish Studies and combines these with specialised studies for which students can individually choose a focus on Historical Studies, Political Science, Slavonic Studies, or Sociology. Objective of the Masters programme is to enable students to independently understand and solve specialist questions in the chosen area of specialization in an interdisciplinary approach, and to follow up on them in more detail using their knowledge and skills in area studies and Polish studies.

Special features

This Master of Arts is a joint project of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The modules offered at the two universities are complementary. Students acquire basic active and passive knowledge of the Polish language, and existing knowledge is improved. A semester abroad in Poland as well as a work placement which students may choose to do in Poland or at a relevant German or European institution are an integral part of the programme.

Career opportunities

Applying methodologies, skills and knowledge acquired in the Master of Arts "Interdisciplinary Polish Studies" does not only allow graduates to continue their academic career (doctoral degree), but - depending on the area of specialization chosen - a broad range of occupations in the media and in journalism, in political parties and associations, in documentation (museums, libraries, archives), civil society, church-related and religious, development policy and international organisations, in the public administration, in political consulting, in civic education, as well as in private businesses of the free market economy.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

Depending on the selected specialization, 60 credits (ECTS) or equivalent academic achievements need to be proved in History, Political Science, Slavonic Studies or Sociology. Candidates from Sociology need to prove at least 20 credits (ECTS) in empirical social research.

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

Language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiencies:  

  • English language proficiency at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • depending on the selected specialization: Russian, Serbian/Croatian or Bulgarian at level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)

 

Application documents

Registration form Expand entry

Once you finish an online application via the application portal OLAS, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it and send it as PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre: master@uni-jena.de.

CV Expand entry

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

Motivation letter Expand entry

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?

 

University entrance qualification certificate Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme (minimum requirement is the transcript/mark sheet up to the semester before the last). This trancript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

You need at least 140 credits (ECTS) by the time you apply.

Proof of relevant work experience Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 language proficiencies Expand entry

You need to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

  • English at level B1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFR)
  • According to the selected specialization: Russian, Serbian/Croatian or Bulgarian at level B1 (CEFR)  before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester at the latest

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Expand entry

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (min. level "befriedigend"),
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.


Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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

University entrance exam Expand entry

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")
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