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The program begins only once a year, always in the winter semester. The application period begins on April 15 and ends on Mai 31 of each year* (cut-off date). (*subject to the agreement of the responsible committee)

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The application for candidates with a german degree is exclusively online. Here you can find the application form (from 15th of april on). Candidates with a foreign degree have to make their application through uni-assist.

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Applicants with a german degree have to fill out the online application form, as well as upload  their final diploma, their transcript of records, a certificate of spanish or portuguese on a B2 level, a list of relevant extracurricular qualifications as well as their certifications to the "Bewerberinfoportal". Here you can find the online application form as well as information about the documents to be uploaded.

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The Freie Universität Berlin only accepts applications that are submitted through uni-assist! You can apply maximum for two master programs.

The subsequently listed documents need to be submitted by post and legally certified. All the documents need to arrive by post at uni-assist by the end of the application period (31.05.).

You will need to pay uni-assist for the preliminary review. Your application will solely be reviewed when the payment entered in the bank account of uni-assist. To quicken the process, please attach the receipt of your payment to the application.

Documents Explanation

Final diploma

(if already available)

With indication of the final grade

Overview of the classes and grades

(official transcript)

With indication of the final grade

If applicable: a current enrollment certificate

If after completion if your first diploma you got enrolled in a german university

Translation of all documents if these aren´t in german or English

Issued by an institution in your home country that is authorized to do translations for official purposes

Certificate of Spanish or Portuguese on a B2 level

If the Bachelor`s degree wasn´t done in Spanish or Portuguese

Certificate of the necessary German knowledge*

TestDaF level 3 in all four parts of the exam / Level B2 GER (“Mittelstufe II”) / successfully concluded “Mittelstufe II” at a language school / German “Abitur”
If existent certificate of relevant extracurricular qualifications  

*For an unlimited matriculation in the masters degree, a DSH2 level or an equivalent (+/- C2 GER) has to be certificated. Applications with a certification of level B2 can be accepted under the condition that before the beginning of the studies at the FU masters program a DSH-exams has to be made and be passed with a minimum level of DSH1. All those accepted candidates will receive an invitation for that exam. If the exam gets passed only with DSH1 and not DSH2, the candidates will have to visit a German course during the first semester and repeat the DSH-exam at the end of the semester, having to pass that one with DSH2. With that level the candidate receives an unlimited matriculation

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An above-average Bachelor’s degree or another equivalent degree in the subjects History, Political Science, Portuguese-Brazilian Studies, Spanish Philology with a focus on Latin America as well as Political Economy or a completed course of study in Literary or Cultural Studies, or Social Science. Additionally, an application with a completed course of study from a technical college is possible.

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As a candidate with a german degree you have to certificate spanish or portuguese language knowledge at a minimum level of B2 GER. The certificate needs to explicitly confirm that you have that level. The certificate needs to be submitted with the application and can´t be given in later.

As a candidate with a foreign degree the university entrance qualification might as well count as the certification of your portuguese or spanish knowledge, if it was completed in a spanish or portuguese speaking university. Additionally, you have to certify your german knowledge. At the moment of the application it is enough to submit a certificate of the B2 GER level. For an unlimited matriculation in the Master`s program, a DSH2 level or an equivalent (+/- C2 GER) has to be certificated. Applications with a certification of level B2 can be accepted under the condition that before the beginning of the studies at the FU Master`s program, a DSH-exams has to be made and be passed with a minimum level of DSH1. All those accepted candidates will receive an invitation for that exam. If the exam gets passed only with DSH1 and not DSH2, the candidates will have to visit a German course during the first semester and repeat the DSH-exam at the end of the semester, having to pass that one with DSH2. With that level the candidate receives an unlimited matriculation. Here you can find information on the DSH exam.

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Yes. The selection commission makes a decision regarding the the applicant’s aptitude based on the written application documentation. In addition to the formal application conditions (degree, linguistic competence, etc.), other criteria, including relevant activities and skills (resume) in connection with the program, are considered. Experiences abroad are included.

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No. You can also apply, if you haven´t completed your bachelor studies yet. It is enough to submit a "Zwei-Drittel-Bescheinigung" (a document certifying that you´ve completed two thirds of your bachelor studies). Alternatively you can also submit a transcript of records which shows that you have completed two thirds of your bachelor studies.

Without having completed your bachelor studies you can get enrolled temporarily with the condition of submitting the certificate of your completed bachelor degree until the end of the first semester (january).

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No, they can also be submitted in English.

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No. In case of aplications with a foreign degree the note translation will be carried out by uni-assist. 

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It is possible to study the master "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" in part-time. Here you can find the necessary information as well as the application form for a part-time study. Please note, that a part-time status might have influence on benefits that you get outside of university, as for example BaFög, health insurance, social security, taxes, permit of residency, etc.

Aditionally, according to Article 3 (5) of the examination and main regulations of Freie Universität Berlin from 08.22.2013, “a temporally variable course of study in order to allow students the possibility of e.g. course-related employment or attending to family obligations even without formal part-time status” is feasible.

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Generally, decisions are sent by post in the month of July. If you applied with a german degree, you can see here the status of your application. Those candidates, that applied over uni-assist, will have to wait for the information by post.

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