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General information regarding the program

This interdsiciplinary Master's program should be completed within two years, as full-time study. Students are expected to work between 35-40 hours per week (300 hours per module). Usually, 12 hours of contact time (Semesterwochenstunden SWS) are covered by courses each semester. The remaining hours should be dedicated to self-study  (240 hours per module). Self-study includes, but is not limited to, independent reading (approx. 100 to 150 pages a week), participation on online learning platforms, preparation of presentations and discussions and writing of smaller assifnements and longer assessed papers. For those who combine their studies with a full-time employment or other committments, it is possible to study part-time.

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The number of courses taught in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese vary depending on the aims and objectives of the courses. Students should be able to actively participate in German and Spanish or Portuguese, in both writing and speaking. Furthermore, students should be able to read texts in English as it is one of the main languages used in academic writing. Therefore, prior knowledge of English will be helpful to actively take part in the courses.

The regular period of study consists of four semesters (including the Master’s thesis and all other corresponding assessments). The curriculum is strucutred with modules. Two content-related courses generally form a module that extends, at most, over two consecutive semesters.

Generally, a semester abroad is recommended in the third semester. For more information, please visit our page Questions about going abroad.

In principle, this is possible but can only be decided by the examination committee. The credit requirements in question must however be fulfilled. Before students enter courses at other universities, it is strongly recommended that they discuss their plans with the coordinators of the Master's program as well as with the Heads 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 a prior agreement with the Enrollment Office, it is possible to interrup your studies in the first semester.

No, you don't have to complete an internship in this Master's program. You can, however, complete one in the third semester as a module Wissenschaftspraxis II and receive credit points for it.

Credit points (Leistungspunkte LP) are rewarded for exams you complete. For the M.A. “Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies”, a total of 120 LP must be completed, 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 Freie Universität Berlin. Students at the Latin American Institute get prioritary admission for these courses. The students have to make sure they register at the Zentraleinrichtugn Sprachenzentrum on time. Here you can find information about the courses and here is the necessary information to register.