German as a Foreign and Second Language (Master)

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How do you teach the German language to learners whose native language is not German? What role can smartphones, apps and other media play in language teaching?

The demand for teachers of "German as a foreign or second language" (DaFZ) is undiminished, so the corresponding Kassel master's program offers holders of a bachelor's degree in German studies or a related subject good opportunities to shape their careers.

The basics of the subject include psycholinguistics, which deals with the complex conditions for speaking and understanding language. In addition to this basic module, students deal with methods and planning principles for DaFZ teaching. In the four-semester master's program, they deal in detail with language didactics and also hone their didactic skills in a mandatory internship. The training focuses on scientific theories and the practice of teaching German as a foreign or second language as well as its empirical research. Those who love internationality and are interested in language, literature, cultural mediation and media didactics bring the necessary motivation for the Master's program "German as a Foreign or Second Language".

At a glance

Degree: Master of Arts

Start: Winter semester

Duration/Scope: 4 semesters

Language of instruction: German

Admission restriction (NC): No


Integrated Practicum:
1 teaching internship

Admission requirement

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in German as a foreign language, German studies or another language-related subject, or a professionally equivalent university degree
  • and proof of a standard period of study of at least six semesters
  • and a grade of 2.5 or better
  • and a detailed, linguistically impeccable German-language exposé

Application and enrollment procedure for the winter semester

Application with German certificates

Application Deadline:

annually 01.06. - 01.09.

You apply for this degree program via our online application portal "eCampus".

How do I apply for this study program?

Application with foreign certificates

Application deadline

with foreign certificates:
annually 01.03. - 15.07.

If you are not yet studying at the University of Kassel or another university in Germany, but have obtained a first professional Bachelor's degree abroad, you must apply via the central assessment office in Berlin, uni-assist.

How do I apply with a foreign certificate?

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