MA program

Master Modern China Studies

The English-language M.A. program in Modern China Studies has a strong emphasis on academic research. The program focuses on phenomena and processes shaping modern and contemporary China, while also taking into account historical developments. Seminars introduce students to central topics, methods, and theories of Modern China Studies. During a one-semester study abroad, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a foreign academic culture, extend their language competence, and acquire intercultural sensitivity. Successful graduates of the program are qualified to work in China-related jobs in, for example, academia and higher education, foundations, journalism, and private companies. Students are also well prepared to conduct research at the doctoral level.

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

You can also download the MA program flyer and information brochure.

The MA program is one among many English-taught programs at the University of Freiburg.


Degree Awarded Master of Arts
Program Duration 2 years, full-time
ECTS Requirements 120 ECTS

Administrative fees of approximately €170 per semester

Students from non-EU countries are required to pay additional tuition fees of €1,500 per semester. For concrete provisions and exemptions, see here.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2024** (Non-EU-Citizens)

**all required paperwork, including APS certificate and language certificates, must WITHOUT EXCEPTION be submitted by the immatriculation/enrollment deadline in October. You will not be able to enroll if these are not provided.**

July 31, 2024 (EU-Citizens)

Start Date October each year
Language of Instruction English, Chinese
Study abroad Third semester

Coordinator of the MA program:

Dr. Amanda Shuman


Why pursue an MA in Modern China Studies in Freiburg?

  • A young and dedicated team of teachers with an international reputation for research and experience abroad.
  • An English-language program in which you improve both your Chinese and English through 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 from the twentieth century to the present.
  • Research-oriented classes, including the possibility to contribute to ongoing research projects, such as “The Heroization of Work in China and Russia, 1920 to 1960,” “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth,” or “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China.”
  • A broad range of extracurricular activities, including: public lectures, workshops and conferences, film viewings, possibilities to work as a research or teaching assistant, language classes and language exchange, celebrations for Chinese festivals, and get-togethers with a community of people interested in China.
  • A lively university town with many possibilities for outdoor activities, on the edge of the Black Forest and in the sunniest region of Germany.



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


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

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