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Romance Cultural Areas M.A.


Master of Arts

Program structure

Master of Arts: Only a single subject is usually studied. However, individual programs can be highly interdisciplinary. This means that the contents of the program may come from different fields of study.

Special features

A compulsory component of the master's degree is a project module in which a project work on the topic of interculturality or media is completed, e.g. the conception and development of a cultural event, a professionally relevant exhibition, a workshop or a translation project.


The master's program in Area Studies: Romance Cultures comprises the fields of study French, Italian and Spanish Philology and the sub-subjects Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies; the focus is on Cultural Studies.
The master's degree is research- and theory-oriented and is thus aimed at students with an academic interest; it familiarizes students with relevant research approaches and provides in-depth competencies in the culture, media, language, and literature of the Romance languages.
In addition, our students acquire skills for further scientific qualification (e.g. knowledge transfer, preparation of scientific results for the larger public, recognition of research desiderata).
French, Italian and Spanish can be chosen as first or second language.

Professional prospects / competencies

After successfully completing their master's degree, Area Studies: Romance Cultures graduates have mastered at least one Romance language at a very high level (CEFR C2); they have in-depth knowledge of the culture, history and country specifics of Romance-speaking countries, as well as strong intercultural competence.
This makes them ideally qualified for the following fields of activity:
master's graduates often work in cultural management, e.g. in tourism companies, archives, museums; in publishing houses, e.g. as editors; in adult education as well as other extracurricular forms of foreign language teaching; in libraries, e.g. as a specialist consultant for information retrieval in scientific and public libraries; in international organizations, e.g. as a specialist consultant for certain regions of the Romansh-speaking world (in authorities, embassies, etc.); for the press, media; as a translator (in the non-official sector).

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

A four-week internship can be made a component of the master's (in the constrained elective module).

Disciplines involved

Not specified

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 4 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

120 ECTS credits

Language of instruction

German, Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish)

Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in scholarship and research in the fields of Romance cultural studies and linguistics or literature; willingness to read, intercultural interest.

Restricted admittance

The master's degree program does not have restricted admittance; however, you will need to pass an eligibility test in order to enroll in the program.

Legal requirements for admission

To enroll in the Master of Romance Cultural Areas, you must apply at the Institute of Romance Studies.
For more information on the requirements and the application, please visit the homepage of the Institute of Romance Studies.

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted. 

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

After a successful application (aptitude test) for the program "Romance Cultural Areas", you can enroll in the Registrar's Office.

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office

Language skills needed

  • First Romance language chosen: at least level C1.1
  • Second Romance language chosen: min. level B 2
  • Alternative to the second language: Latin (recommended for Romance linguistics): Level A 2; Portuguese or Catalan

Information regarding German language proficiency for international student

Documents needed (to apply / register)

  • University entrance qualification
  • Certificate of the 1st degree (60 ECTS in a Romance subject)
  • further information
  • Enrollment documents

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for foreign applicants

Contact within the faculty

Program Coordination of the Institute of Romance Studies
Dr. Christine Lessle
Philosophy/Theology building, room PT 3.3.29
Phone +49941 943-3608
E-Mail christine.lessle@ur.de


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