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Arabic Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #104 (WUR) ,
The master’s programme provides an in-depth insight into current research as well as into the contemporary and classic research discussions and enables students to participate in discussions on a wide range of topics in the field of Arabic Studies


Arab Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is involved in numerous ongoing research projects, including the Corpus Coranicum project at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften as well as the collaborative research center Episteme in Motion. The Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies cooperates with other disciplines of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Potsdam in the field of the modern Near East, with Zentrum Moderner Orient as well as the interdisciplinary centre “Bausteine zu einer Geselslchaftsgeschichte des Vorderen Orients” at Freie Universität Berlin. Furher co-operation exists with various liaison offices of Freie Universität Berlin, in particular in Cairo. Freie Universität Berlin furthermore offers a unique network of scientific and cultural institutions with reference to the Arabic-speaking world, e.g. the Museum of Islamic Art, the Oriental Department of Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz (it offers the largest collection of Arabic manuscripts in Germany), Haus der Kulturen der Welt as well as Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Moreover, the Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies is involved in the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien, Dahlem Humanities Center as well as Dahlem Research School.

Career opportunities

The master’s degree in Arabic Studies qualifies to take up doctoral studies in the same respectively neighbouring fields such as Semitic Studies, Oriental Philology,
Oriental Studies, Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies. The acquired knowledge and skills qualify for activities in state institutions and non-governmental organisations dealing with the Arabic-speaking world and with Arabic-speaking population groups. Amongst others, the following professional fields can be considered: international organisations, non-governmental organisations, German branches of companies in the Near and Middle East, public authorities, policy counselling, media, publishing, museums, adult education and training, institutions and organisations caring for migrants and refugees, tourism.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Arabic literature and its social dimensions
  • lCultural and intellectual history of the Arabic-speaking world
  • Arabic literature and its aesthetic dimensions
  • Qur’an, Tafsir, Hadith
  • Advanced Arabic

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
    • Partially taught in Arabic
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German
  • Bachelor’s degree in history and culture of the Middle East from the Freie Universität Berlin or its equivalent from a program that is similar in terms of content and structure.
  • Proof of written Arabic language skills (level B1 CEFR).

    Tuition Fee

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    Living costs for Berlin

    • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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