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Information regarding application

The program begins only once a year, always in the winter semester. The application period begins on April 15 and ends on May 31 each year (the 31st of May being the deadline).

If you've completed your previous degree in Germany you can only apply online. Here you can find the application form (from 15th of april on). Candidates who hold a foreign degree must apply via uni-assist.

Applicants with a German degree have to fill out the online application form, their final diploma, their transcript of records, a certificate of Spanish or Portuguese at 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 the information about the supporting documentation to be uploaded.

The Freie Universität Berlin only accepts applications that are submitted through uni-assist! You can apply for up to two Master's programs.

The documents listed below must submitted by post and legally certified. All the documents must arrive by post at uni-assist by the end of the application period (May 31).

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

One of the entry requirements for this Master's program is a Bachelor's 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

If you hold a German degree, you have to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency at least at the B2 GER level. The proof nust explicitly state the level you are at and must be submitted along with the rest of application documents.

If you completed a degree in a different country than Germany, the university entrance qualification might as well count as the certification of your Portuguese or Spanish skills, if it was completed in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking university. Additionally, you have to demonstrate your language proficiency in German. A proof of German proficiency at the B2 GER level must also be submitted with the application.

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

No. You can also apply, if you haven´t completed your Bachelor's degree 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).

No, they can also be submitted in English.

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

It is possible to study the master "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" 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.

Generally, decisions are sent by post in the month of July. If you applied with a German degree, you can see the status of your application here. Candidates who applied via uni-assist will have to wait for the information by post.