University of Cologne
North American Studies



Welcome on the homepage of the M.A. program in North American Studies at the University of Cologne.


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The program has been reevaluated by AQAS and will be continued albeit in a new form. The new program will be effective on October 1, 2015. That means that new applicants will study under the conditions of the reformed program.

North American Studies
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Fully accredited two-year program (120 CP) at the University of Cologne


The program “MA North-American Studies” at the University of Cologne includes cooperation of the Department of Anglo-American History, the English Department, the Instituto de Historia Ibérica y Latinoamericana, the Institute for Art History and the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Cologne.


You should also have excellent knowledge and understanding of English as the program’s exclusive language of instruction (C2 CEF) and you should have a thorough understanding of a second European language, preferably French or Spanish (B1 CEF). It is no longer necessary that you speak German before you apply, but a good working knowledge of German should be acquired while you study in Cologne.


Every semester we admit up to 15 new students to our M.A. program who come to Cologne with a degree in an accredited BA studies program, which provides a pertinent basis for the MA North American Studies. This includes BAs in English and/or American Studies, Political Science, Modern History, Media Studies, Translation, Gender Studies, or Postcolonial Studies Preferably, you have already attended courses with special attention to North America and its cultures; or you have written a B.A. thesis with a focus on North America.


Your application with includes a notarized copy of your B.A. certificate and diploma supplement. If you are still enrolled in a B.A. program at the time of your application, please submit your current transcript of grades. You should also download a certified copy of your high school diploma. In order to apply go to or apply using the homepage of the University under

There you also find the deadlines for the application.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Norbert Finzsch & Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem | Department of Anglo-American History | English Department | University of Cologne Albertus-Magnus-Platz | 50923 Cologne – Germany | |


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