General Information

Departmental orientation events

Orientation events at the Linguistics Department will be taking place from the 10th-20th Oktober 2022.

Wednesday, 19. October 2022

Orientation event for MA Linguistics students specialising in General Linguistics                                                     

10:00 - 11:30, Room G 227a      

Thursday, 20. October 2022

Orientation event for MA Linguistics students specialising in English Linguistics                                                        

10:00 - 11:30, Room 305         

Orientation event for MA Linguistics students specialising in German/Germanic Linguistics                                        

Individual appointments

Wednesday, 19. October 2022

Orientation event for the MA Multilingualism                                                                                                                  

15:15, Room G 227            

Monday, 10. October 2022

Orientation event for the MA Speech and Language Processing                                                                                  

10:00, Room G 209             

1. Application

Admission requirements:

A qualifying diploma (three years minimum, Bachelor of Arts or equivalent from a public or publicly recognized institution, with a final grade equivalent to the German 2.5) is a requirement for the master's programmes offered by the Department of Linguistics. In certain exceptional cases, an admission may be made without a finished bachelor's degree in linguistics.

Application deadlines: 

Admission to the master's programmes is possible in both Winter and Summer Semesters. The application deadline for the Winter Semester is 15 June, and for the Summer Semester, 15 January. The completed application as well as all necessary documents must be received by the University of the Konstanz by the above stated deadline. More information can be found on University of Konstanz page Application for master-level studies.

As from now the application documents for the Master's programmes also include a letter of application in English of a maximum length of one page, which provides information on the applicant's suitability and motivation for the desired degree programme.

Admission without Bachelor's Degree:

If the applicant is not able to furnish a diploma by the time of the application, s/he must provide evidence for the probable fulfillment of the admissions requirements based on the coursework completed by the time of the application. The final Bachelor's Degree must be completed at the latest two months after the beginning of the first semester. Admission and enrollment can be permitted on the condition that the necessary qualifications are fulfilled and provided in the time allotted.  

German language skills for foreign applications (only M.A. Linguistics):

Please note that applicants who obtained their bachelor degree from a non-German speaking university should be able to demonstrate that they have good knowledge of German. Their German language skills need to be confirmed in the form of a TestDAF 4,  DSH 2 or an equivalent certificate, cf. German language skills) This certificate needs to be provided together with the application forms at the time of application.
For the areas of specialisation General Linguistics and English Linguistics no German language skills are required.

English language skills (all programmes):

Applicants are also expected to have good knowledge of English, minimum level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR).

Applicants for the area of specialisation English Linguistics have to demonstrate English language skills at level C1 of the CEFR .

For the area of specialisation Romance Language and Linguistics, knowledge of one of the Romance languages studied in depth is required at level C1 of the CEFR.

Russian language skills at level C1 of the CEFR are required for the area of specialisation Slavic Language and Linguistics.

As proof of their sufficient language skills applicants may e.g. submit one of the official language certificates listed on the website Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen (GER) (Common European Framework of Reference for Langauges, CEFR). In the past, other certificates (e.g. from language institutes at universities) have been accepted as well as long as they clearly indicated the language level of the applicant according to the CEFR. Certificates without such an indication will not be accepted.

2. Study and Examination Regulations

Please refer to the Master's examination  as well as the general examination regulations for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in humanities and programme-specific regulations.

For Related Disciplines, cf. "Fachfremde Veranstaltungen für mein Studium"  .

3. Module handbooks

Information as to the structure and content of the master's programmes can be found in the module handbooks.

4. Registration in ZEuS

All students must register for examinations and course credit through ZEuS. Enrollment times for the Humanities Section are as follows:

  • Winter Semester: from 1 December until 15 January.
  • Summer Semester: from 1 May until 15 June.

Other departments may have different enrollment dates. 

Information regarding TAN-lists (required in order to officially enroll for an examination) can be found on the SB-Terminal.

5. Master's Examination

Registration:

To register for the Master's examination, 50% of the course-related examination results must be obtained, as well as Module 5 (Multilingualism) or the internship (Speech and Language Processing, PO 2017). Ms. Lloyd-Smith or Ms. Wurster will issue the certificate. Please send them the names of your supervisors.

Semester of examination Enrollment dates for the Master's thesis, final examination** and/or oral examination Master's examination schedule Enrollment forms*
Winter Semester 1 - 15 July 

Begin Master's Thesis: end of  October

Final Exam**: beginning of March

Mr. Bucifal (C 406)
Summer Semester 1 - 15 February

Begin Master's Thesis: Ende April

Final Exam**: beginning of September

Mr. Bucifal (C 406)

  *Forms should be picked up a few weeks before the beginning of the enrollment period.

** If required in the examination regulations.

Authorized Supervisors: All professors in the Department of Linguistics as well as Prof. Axinja Hachfeld (M.A. Multilingualism), substitute Professors, private Professors and lecturers as well as Fernanda Barrientos (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Multilingualism), Christin Beck (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Speech and Language Processing), Tina Bögel (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Speech and Language Processing), Anna Czypionka (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Multilingualism, M.A. Speech and Language Processing), Natasha Korotkova (M.A. Linguistics), Anika Lloyd-Smith (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Multilingualism), and Christiane Ulbrich (M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Speech and Language Processing).

6. Acceptance as Doctoral Candidate

It is not possible to enroll as a doctoral candidate until a Master's Degree has been attained. Therefore, please submit applications for doctoral candidate positions only then (an official copy of the Master's Degree is required). You can still enroll for the current semester retroactively if you apply in the middle of the semester. For further information on doctorate programmes, please use the Doctoral researcher portal of the University of Konstanz.

7. Advising

Please note that applicants who obtained their bachelor degree from a non-German speaking university should be able to demonstrate that they have good knowledge of German. Their German language skills need to be confirmed in the form of a DSH certificate (DSH is the German language examination for university admission) or an equivalent certificate, cf. German language skills. This certificate needs to be provided together with the application forms at the time of application.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have very good knowledge of English, at least B2 level.

Master's Programme Contact Person E-Mail
General Linguistics Prof. Maribel Romero maribel.romero@uni-konstanz.de
Linguistics with emphasis on English Linguistics Prof. George Walkden george.walkden@uni-konstanz.de
Linguistics with emphasis on Germanic Linguistics Prof. Regine Eckardt regine.eckardt@uni-konstanz.de 
Linguistics with emphasis on Romance Linguistics  Prof. Georg Kaiser georg.kaiser@uni-konstanz.de
Multilingualism Angelika Golegos
Elisabeth Süß
ma.multilingualism@uni-konstanz.de
Slavic Linguistics Prof. Bernhard Brehmer bernhard.brehmer@uni-konstanz.de
Speech and Language Processing Dr. Tina Bögel tina.boegel@uni-konstanz.de

Our Department Advisor Dr. Carmen Kelling can advise you for all important questions about our study programmes.

On the Erasmus-Homepage from the Department of Linguistics you can find information all about studying abroad in Europe. Personal advising is available from our Erasmus-Coordinator Melanie Hochstätter.