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Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East

Subjects: Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East,Interdisciplinary,Middle East Studies

M.A. | Master of Arts

⏳  Duration
4 Semesters
🔠 Teaching Language
💶  Application Fee non-EU
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💶  Cost per Semester
311 EUR

💶  Tuition Fees per Semester
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⏱️ Application Deadline Summer
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⏱️ Application Deadline Winter

Course description

Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East (ISME) is a two-year, tuition-free, full-time master’s program taught in English at the Berlin campus. This program leverages Freie Universität's deep expertise in Middle Eastern cultural studies, encompassing Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Kurdish Studies, Ottoman Studies, Semitic Studies, and Turcology. Students gain a multi-faceted and interregional perspective on this complex region, exploring its diverse languages, literatures, societies, religions, and cultures. As a consecutive program, ISME builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in a bachelor’s program or through professional experience in humanities, cultural studies, and philologies. This master’s program offers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich and varied tapestry of the Middle East, fostering a deep understanding of its intricate dynamics. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive and nuanced view, preparing students to engage thoughtfully and knowledgeably with the region.

Program Information

Study Location Berlin
Start Semester Winter
Study Form Full-time
Study Type Postgraduate
Teaching Language English
Dual No
Remote No
Application Fee non-EU No information
Study Length 4 Semesters
Tuition Fees per Semester No information
Cost per Semester 311 EUR
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⏱️ Application Deadline Summer
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⏱️ Application Start Winter

⏱️ Application Deadline Winter

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Language Requirements

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TOEFL IBT No information

Proof of English language skills (level C1 CEFR) for applicants whose degree was not obtained at an institution/university where English is generally the language of instruction across all courses in all faculties (see MA-Handbook for details).

Qualification Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the master’s program, you need to fulfil the following requirements: 1. You must hold a first university degree (e.g. a bachelor’s degree) comprising of at least 180 credit points (ECTS) and you EITHER have earned 60 ECTS or more of this first degree in courses that are relevant to interdisciplinary studies of the Middle East in fields such as Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Semitic Studies, or Turkish and Ottoman Studies, OR have acquired equivalent qualifications in addition to the first university degree (e.g. education other than a university program, professional experience, knowledge of relevant languages). 2. you must provide proof of proficiency (at least level B1 CEFR or equivalent) in one of the following languages: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Kurdish, Ottoman, Persian, Syrian-Aramaic, or Turkish; 3. you must provide proof of excellent English language skills (at least level C1 CEFR) if you have not obtained your first university degree in a program where English is the language of instruction.

Document Requirements

graduation certificate (if you have completed your studies) If you are applying for a higher subject-specific semester, this document is stringently required. official current transcript of records official transcript of records for the master’s program and a current certificate of enrollment if applicable, current certificate of enrollment official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English proof of English knowledge if applicable, additional study-related skills

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