• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). HCGES was founded in 2007 with the goal of exposing students, researchers, and the community at large to a rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe, and Germany in particular, since 1945.

Overview

The international MA program in Modern German and European Studies is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. The MA program is designed to acquaint students with topics related to Germany and Europe, highlighting Jewish and Israeli perspectives as well as the relationship between the Middle East and Europe. The program is interdisciplinary and allows students to approach German and European studies from a variety of angles while providing students with the opportunity to engage with other departments for a well-rounded education.

What you will study

The MA program in German and European Studies aims to deepen students’ knowledge of Germany, Europe, and the European Union. The program is structured using the “area studies” model and offers a challenging and unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines many fields of study including economics, law, political science, geography, environmental studies, sociology, history and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students in the program acquire a strong command of the German language by studying 4-8 language hours per week. The program is available in two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students have the option to complete the program in one or two calendar years.

The program also includes an optional, though highly recommended, study tour to Germany and other European countries. The study tour is built around a chosen theme which changes every year. During the study tour, students visit EU institutions as well as other sites relevant to their studies. The cost of the study tour is not included in the program tuition.

Career

Graduates of the program will be well placed to pursue career paths in cultural institutions, Europe-related NGOs, museums, galleries and places of learning, as well as other points of contact between Israeli and European countries.

Programme Structure

Required Courses
  • Research Methods
  • Modern German History
  • Introduction to German Society
  • Introduction to German Economy
  • Basic Principles of German Law
  • Introduction to German Culture after 1945
  • The European Union
  • Colloquium: Topics in German and European Studies
  • German Language
Elective Courses (the list changes every academic year)
  • Israeli-German Relations, 1948-1992
  • The Defense and Security Policy of the EU
  • Comparative Welfare Politics in the EU
  • The European Human Rights Convention
  • Modern European History
  • Modern German Literature
  • Germany and Sports
  • Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective
  • German Cinema

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    89

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, 80%, or the equivalent from an accredited university.

  • Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission.

  • Two letters of recommendation from either academic (i.e. a professor) or professional (i.e. a supervisor) sources.

  • CV/Resume

  • Video interview

  • Statement of Purpose
Application deadlines
  • Early application deadline – March 15th
  • Late application deadline – May 31st

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Haifa

  • 2696 - 4350 ILS/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Some of the MA programs have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on financial need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application. 

In addition to the University of Haifa need-based scholarship you can also submit applications to all other scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible (MASA, local Jewish Federation, etc.). 

Find out more by visiting the University website!

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