American Studies

Leipzig University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The MA in American Studies at the University of Leipzig is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English that combines approaches from the humanities and social sciences. 


The focus of the American Studies programme at the University of Leipzig is on examining society, culture, history, literature and politics in the United States and their respective positioning in international and intercultural contexts. This examination occurs on the basis of an in-depth consideration of the interdisciplinary methodology and theory of American studies. The interdisciplinary nature of American studies is reflected in the structure of the modules. 

The programme

The majority are defined thematically rather than methodologically, as is usually the case elsewhere, and deal with a particular complex of topics from different specialist perspectives. To this end, Leipzig’s Institute of American Studies cooperates with experts from the fields of political science, sociology, etc. One didactic focus of the master’s programme in American Studies is project work, whether in the research seminars of the specialisation modules or in the publication project of the programme’s own key qualification module (

The aim is to train students’ skills in the independent development and implementation of projects and to promote their linguistic and cultural competence in transatlantic thematic fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Societies: Culture and Religion
  • Political Cultures in a Transatlantic Context
  • Media and Society in a Transatlantic Context
  • Difference and Literature
  • Transatlantic Space

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the programme requires an academic degree in American studies or from another course of study that feeds into American studies teaching and research.
  • Knowledge of English at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • This programme requires applicants to pass an aptitude test. More information is available on the institute website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

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