The program is conceived as a full-time course of study. Thus, 35 to 40 hours of student work time per week is assumed (300 hours per module). Usually, 12 hours of presence time (Semesterwochenstunden SWS) are covered by courses each semester. The rest is designated for self-study (240 hours per module). Self-study includes, but is not limited to, reading texts (approximately 100 to 150 pages a week), engagement on online learning platforms, the preparation of presentations and discussions and the writing of smaller written assignments and larger term papers. For those who want or need to work in addition to their studies, there is the possibility to request a part-time university place.
The proportions vary depending on the topics and aims of the courses. Students should firstly be able to participate actively in the course in German and Spanish or Portuguese, both orally and in writing. Secondly, students should be able to read and understand texts in English because English is one of the core academic languages. Therefore, the ability to read and comprehend English is a prerequisite for active participation in the courses.
The regular period of study is four semesters (including the Master’s thesis and all other corresponding assessments). The curriculum is modularized. Thus, two content-related courses generally form a module that extends over a maximum period of two consecutive semesters.
In principal, this is possible and is decided by the examination committee. The credit requirements in question must however be fulfilled. Before students enter courses at other universities, they are emphatically advised to discuss their plans with the coordinators of the M.A. as well as with the directors of their respective module and specialization areas.
Please note, that you will have to decide for a profile at the beginning of your studies. Although there is some overlapping between the profiles, that choice will decide your focus in your studies. Therefore it would be good if you take a look at them already before the semester starts.
With prior agreement of the Enrollment Office, it is possible to take a leave of absence in the first semester.
No, there is no compulsory internship in the M.A. Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, but within the framework of the Module Academic Practice, it is possible to complete an internship and to receive credits for it.
Credit points (Leistungspunkte LP) are rewarded for study and examination achievements. For the M.A. “Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies”, a total of 120 LP must be achieved, meaning that an average of 30 LP per semester should be obtained. Credit points are awarded for successfully completed modules, not for individual courses. Students receive 10 LP for a successfully completed module, for the Master’s thesis (including the relevant colloquium) they receive 30 LP.
The credit points are certified to the students when the set requirements are fulfilled with a minimum score of „adequate“ (4.0).
Yes. Spanish courses are offered by the "Zentraleinrichtung Sprachenzentrum" of the Freie Universität. Students of the Latin American Institute get prioritary admission for these courses. The students have to make sure they register at the Zentraleinrichtugn Sprachenzentrum on time though. Here you can find information about the courses and here is the necessary information to register.