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The Arabic Studies programme at Freie Universität Berlin 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.


The students in the Arabic Studies programme from Freie Universität Berlin take an exemplary look at selected texts of classical and modern Arabic literature, as well as essential texts of Arabic-Islamic culture such as Qur’an, Hadith and Tafsir. Subjects of study are e.g. questions of genre and literary form as well as questions of symbolism, intertextuality and intermediality. Various research methods and working techniques from the area of literary and cultural studies are applied and practiced. 

Why Study Here?

  • 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. 

Programme Structure

  • 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. 

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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);
  • proof of language skills in one of the following languages: Ancient Greek, French, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Modern Persian, Russian, Spanish, Syriac-Aramaic or Turkish (level B1 CEFR), or oral skills in a modern Arabic dialect (level C2 CEFR);
  • proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR), if the university degree was not obtained at an educational institution where English is the language of instruction.

Tuition Fee

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

Living costs for Berlin

836 - 1340 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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