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Aplication for the first semester

Aus aktuellem Anlass: Die Freie Universität Berlin informiert auf ihren zentralen Seiten über kleinere Anpassungen im Bewerbungsprozess für einen Studienplatz in Masterstudiengängen im Wintersemester 2020/21. Studieninteressierte mögen sich bitte zusätzlich auf den Seiten der Universität u.a. zum verschobenen und verlängerten Bewerbungszeitraum und zu den Sprachnachweisen erkundigen.

The application period for the M.A. in "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" for the winter semester starts on April 15 and ends on May 31 each year (application deadline). The application is only possible within these dates.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The entry requirements for the M.A. Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies are:

1) A degree in a relevant discipline from a German university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, with at least 60 credit units completed in one of the following subjects:

  • Pre-Colombian studies
  • Brazilian studies
  • History
  • Caribbean studies
  • Latin American studies
  • Political science
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Political economy
  • Literary studies
  • Cultural studies

2) Furthermore, knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) must be demonstrated. The confirmation must be in the form of a language certificate which was earned upon passing a language exam. The certificate must explicitly state that the acquired knowledge corresponds to the B2 level. Declarations on oath or proof of a sojourn in a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking country will not be considered. The confirmation of Portuguese or Spanish also applies to applicants with a bilingual upbringing or native speakers if they obtained a German diploma or are eligible for admission to a German university.

3) Applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German have to present a B2 (GER) German certificate.

4) A list of extracurricular qualifications that are relevant to the program and which give information about the particular aptitude for the M.A. Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies. This can be in the form of a resume or a tabular list. Applicants are invited to include relevant certificates and otherwise written confirmation.

Here you can find the statute regarding the allocation of places (german version).


Here you can find the selection criteria (german version).

For an application for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies you have to fill out an online application form and upload the corresponding documents to the "Bewerberinfoportal" of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Online aplication form

Here you can find and fill out the online application form.

Documents that need to be uploaded

The subsequent documents have to be uploaded to the "Bewerberinfoportal":

  • A certificate of the previous graduation degrees as well as the course of study and test performance (transcript of records)
  • A certificate of sufficient spanish knowledge (min. B2) or
  • A certificate of sufficient portuguese knowledge (min B2)
  • A tabular overview of extracurricular activities that might be relevant for this Master`s degree (e.g. internships, volunteering, research visits, etc.)
  • Evidence of the listed extracurricular activities (e.g. a certificate of the internship, job references, etc.)

By the end of the application period the documents need to be fully uploaded to the "Bewerberinforportal" of the office "Bewerbung und Zulassung der Freien Universität Berlin"! With the filled out application form and the upload of the documents the application is considered valid.

If you completed your previous degree outside of Germany, you have to apply via uni-assist for the Master's program at the Freie Universität Berlin. Uni assist verifies wether your application fulfills the formal requirements of the Freie Universität Berlin. Uni-assit does not examine discipline-specific entry-requirements and does not carry out the admission procedure. The Freie Universität Berlin does only accept applications that have been made through uni-assist! You can apply for a maximum of two master degree programs.

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.

Please notice: In general uni-assist needs around 4-6 weeks to process your application, towards the end of the application period it might take longer. For that reason we urge you to submit your application as soon as possible, for it might be that otherwise you will not be notified in time about missing documents. Documents that are submitted after the application period will not be accepted!

For a request for a student visa you can submit to the german embassy the confirmation of uni-assist of the forwarding of your application to the university.

The further procedure for an application through uni-assist and the documents to be submitted is explained here. Please follow these instructions. Which documents the applicants with a foreign graduation have to submit specifically for the M.A. "Interdiciplinary Latin American Studies" is explained here (FAQ).

If you have questions about the procedure of uni-assist, please ask directly uni-assist!

In case you have questions aboutthe german exam (DSH), you can find here all necessary information and exemplary tasks (in german)

For applicants who are candidating with a german degree can view here the status of their current application procedure.

Candidates holding a foreign Bachelor's degree  and applying via uni-assist unfortunatly are not able to see the current status of their application.

Here you can find information about special cases, e.g. if you want to apply without having finished your Bachelor`s degree yet, if you have interest in studying part-time, etc.