About the programme
As European integration forges ahead, an in-depth understanding of Europe and its institutions is rapidly becoming a necessary condition to remain competitive on the labour market, across all industries. The European Studies programme prepares you for the new challenges using a unique interdisciplinary concept that conveys in-depth knowledge on European cultures, their literature and languages, as well as the history, art, geography of selected countries of Europe and their social and political developments and legal systems. In addition, you will choose at least one profile module, enabling you to develop your individual focus in accordance with your skills and interests.
- Possibility of earning a double Master's degree from a Spanish partner university
- Core subjects: intercultural communication, literature, cultural and language studies, socio-historical and geographic studies and foreign languages
- Set your own study focus by choosing the relevant profile modules
- Languages of instruction: German, with some courses taught in English and another foreign language, depending on your choice of cultural region
The degree programme is divided into three module groups:
- Foundation modules
- European modules
- Profile modules
Academic entry requirements
To apply, you need a good first university degree in a social or cultural science, business studies, economics or a related discipline, earned after a standard period of three years' full-time study, with the result of 2.7 or better according to the German marking system or ranked among the best 50% of your cohort.
German language requirements
You need good German language skills to study this degree programme. Therefore, unless you speak native-level German, you will need to provide one of the recognised German language certificates when enrolling for the programme.
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers language programmes tailored to the needs of international students.
If you do not have any existing German language skills, you may wish to study its Academic German Year preparatory language programme, which will take you from absolute beginner to near-native level in just two semesters. You may sit the DSH language test for university admission as part of this programme.
The Academic German Semester and summer courses offered by GCP are suitable for you if you already have some German language skills.
Additional language requirements
Applicants need to have language skills at level UNIcert® III or C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) or an equivalent level of another certification system in at least one of the following languages: Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Last updated July 29, 2015