M.A. Modern China Studies

Master Modern China Studies

The English language M.A. program Modern China Studies is consecutive and has a strong emphasis on academic research. In terms of content, the program focuses on phenomena and processes shaping China in the 20th and 21st centuries while at the same time taking into account the historical processes leading up to the these processes and phenomena. Seminars introduce students to central topics, methods and theories of Modern China Studies. During a one semester stay abroad, students immerse themselves in a foreign academic culture, extend their language competence and acquire intercultural sensitivity. Successful graduates of the program qualify for jobs relating to China in academia, foundations, journalism, (further) education and private enterprises and are in addition well-prepared for conducting further academic research on the PhD level.

The information provided on the following pages is based on the official examination regulations.

You can download the program flyer here and the M.A. information brochure here. The M.A. program is one among many English-taught programs at Freiburg University.


Degree AwardedMaster of Arts
Program Duration2 years, full time
ECTS Requirements120 ECTS

administrative fee of €142/semester

In addition, according to new regulations by the State of Baden-Württemberg students from non-EU countries are required to pay tuition fees of € 1,500 per semester. For concrete provisions and exemptions, see here.

Application Deadline

15th April (Non-EU-Citizens) and

15th July (EU-Citizens)

Start DateOctober each year
Language of InstructionEnglish, Chinese
Stay abroad3rd semester abroad

Coordinator of the Master program:

Dr. Amanda Shuman


Why an M.A. in Modern China Studies in Freiburg?

  • A young and dedicated team of teachers with an international reputation for research and experience abroad.
  • An international program in which you improve your knowledge of Chinese and English while interacting with an international community of teachers and fellow students.
  • An integrated semester abroad - either at one of our partner universities or elsewhere. Tuition fees at partner universities are waived.
  • A focus on phenomena and processes shaping China in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Research oriented classes, including the possibility to contribute to ongoing research projects (for example: "The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Poltics of Truth").
  • A broad range of extracurricular activities: public lectures, grants, possibilities to work as a research or teaching assistant, language classes and language exchange, Chinese festivals, a large community of people interested in China etc.
  • A lively and charming university town in the sunniest region of Germany.



The Master Modern China Studies is certified as an English-taught program. For more information about the quality certificate please follow this link.

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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

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