24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Modern China Studies program from University of Freiburg has a strong emphasis on academic research. The program focuses on phenomena and processes shaping modern and contemporary China, while also taking into account historical developments. 


Seminars introduce students to central topics, methods, and theories of Modern China Studies. During a one-semester study abroad, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a foreign academic culture, extend their language competence, and acquire intercultural sensitivity. 

Successful graduates of the Modern China Studies program from University of Freiburg are qualified to work in China-related jobs in, for example, academia and higher education, foundations, journalism, and private companies. Students are also well prepared to conduct research at the doctoral level.

Why pursue an MA in Modern China Studies in Freiburg?

  • A young and dedicated team of teachers with an international reputation for research and experience abroad.
  • An English-language program in which you improve both your Chinese and English through interacting with an international community of teachers and fellow students.
  • An integrated semester abroad – either at one of our partner universities or elsewhere. Tuition fees at partner universities are waived.
  • A focus on phenomena and processes shaping China from the twentieth century to the present.
  • Research-oriented classes, including the possibility to contribute to ongoing research projects, such as “The Heroization of Work in China and Russia, 1920 to 1960,” “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth,” or “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China.”
  • A broad range of extracurricular activities, including: public lectures, workshops and conferences, film viewings, possibilities to work as a research or teaching assistant, language classes and language exchange, celebrations for Chinese festivals, and get-togethers with a community of people interested in China.
  • A lively university town with many possibilities for outdoor activities, on the edge of the Black Forest and in the sunniest region of Germany.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Courses on modern Chinese politics, history, economy, culture, and society
  • Advanced language training
  • Classes on theories, methods, and research design
  • Integration into ongoing research projects

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.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • B.A. in social sciences or humanities (with a German grade or equivalent of good: 2,5 or above)
  • Knowledge of English at or above the C1 level (i.e., TOEFL iBT 100 or IELTS Band 7.0)
  • Knowledge of Chinese at or above the B2 level (i.e., HSK 4)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Freiburg

790 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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