Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

24 months
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The master’s program in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin links problem-oriented training in the disciplines of cultural anthropology, history, Literature Studies, Brazilian studies, Gender Studies, sociology, politics, or economics with regional foci and expert profiling. 

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Thematic emphases are placed on the historical, political, and social transformation processes as well as the cultural dynamics of Latin America. In so doing, transregional and global processes of integration and interdependence, changing ideologies, and gender-specific questions are given special attention.

The M.A. „Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies“ at Freie Universität Berlin is a research-oriented postgraduate course of study which is intended for students with a degree in a relevant discipline. It offers the possibility of broadening the studied major on a regionally specific level as well as acquiring and developing interdisciplinary skills. The course of study, which lasts four semesters, begins in the winter semester.

At a glance: The M.A. offers:

  • a link of regional expertise with a methodology specific to a particular subject
  • interdisciplinary linkage as well as disciplinary consolidation
  • internationality via the possibility of a semester abroad
  • real-life relevance via the project module
  • research or professional practice via the module scientific practice

Programme Structure

  • The course of study stands in the interdisciplinary tradition of teaching and research at the Institute of Latin American Studies. In view of increasing global interdependencies, it aims to impart regional and intercultural competences that allow students an in-depth understanding of national, transregional and global processes. 
  • Students will be qualified to analyze historical, political and societal transformation processes and Latin America’s dynamics and to allocate them to their respective contexts. Based on the concept of Area Studies, a distinct regional specific expertise is imparted. Correspondingly, students will have the possibility to look more intensively into individual regions such as Brazil. Gender specific queries will also receive special consideration.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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).
5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree with at least 60 credit points in one of the following disciplines: ethnohistory, Brazilian studies, history, Caribbean studies, Latin American studies, political science, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, economics or literary and cultural studies.
  • Proof of Spanish or Portuguese language skills (level B2 CEFR) or similar.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.


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