Fakultät Humanwissenschaften

Ethnomusicology Program

About the Program

In this program, ethnomusicology and folk music research are understood in the context of intercultural encounter and are embedded in their scholarly and practical orientations in the North-South and East-West dialogues. Among the activities encouraged for students: basic research into the diversity of musical traditions of the world, field work and documentation in the own cultural region or in bilateral cooperative projects, analysis of everyday musical culture, and approaches to issues of the anthropology of music in the context of different traditional concepts and Weltanschauungen.

Ethnomusicology or folk music can be studied as a major or minor subject (at MA or Ph.D. level) in the Faculty for Pedagogy, Philosophy and Psychology of the University of Bamberg. The student is expected to bring the following experiences with him or her:  

  • knowledge of music theory
  • general knowledge of music history
  • ability to read English, German and French, Italian or Spanish
  • proof of basic musical experience (playing of instrument or singing, in the area of folk or classical music).

Requirements that are lacking can be earned during the Grundstudium (first four semesters). They must be completed by the beginning of the Hauptstudium (next four semesters).

During their period of study, students obtain a basic knowledge of European folk song and folk music, the history and methods of ethnomusicology and knowledge of at least one foreign culture of a geographically defined area. They learn to carry out field research and its analysis themselves in the area of Franconia, or in other regions or countries. Field research can also be performed in the framework of interdisciplinary cooperation. Professional training in a broader sense demands the ability to make available the latest research and documentation results to a wider public through lectures and various media. Special importance is thus given to the mediation of ethnomusicological knowledge and results, also for those studying to become teachers in all levels of schooling.

Students of ethnomusicology and folks music have professional opportunities in independent scholarly institutions such as universities, conservatories, teacher colleges and museums, in the framework of community organizations and adult education, in cultural organizations of different kinds, in libraries, music publishers, record companies and archives, and in different branches of the media.

Educational Background

International students must hold a secondary school leaving certificate which allows them admission to a German university. The certificate must be recognised by the University of Bamberg as being equivalent to the German "Abitur" or "Hochschulreifeprüfung." Although our university will accept secondary school leaving certificates from many countries, in some cases the college preparation in specific areas may not be adequate for study in Germany. For some students, additional preparation for university study is offered through a two semester course at a "Studienkolleg."

Language Requirements

At the time of application, students must show proof of language abilities that meet the Goethe Institute's requirement of the "Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom." This requirement can be met if students have successfully completed the language level of "Mittelstufe II" either in Germany or in the native country. Those who meet these requirements will be permitted to take the language exam (DHS, or "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) necessary for admission to the university. The exam is offered twice a year in Bamberg before the beginning of each semester.


The application for admission to degree courses at Bamberg University must be submitted each year no later than July 15 for the following winter semester and no later than January 15 for the following summer semester.

Visa Information - Proof of Funding

In order to enter the Federal Republic of Germany you require a visa issued by the diplomatic representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in your country of origin. This regulation does not apply to study applicants from EU countries, Honduras, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the USA.  Although the University of Bamberg does not have a tuition, the students must cover cost of living while in the country (amounting to roughly EUR 500 per month).

Scholarship Information 

Scholarship information can be found through the German embassies or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Further information can be obtained from the Akademisches Auslandsamt, Universität Bamberg, Markus-Straße 6, D-96045 Bamberg, Germany (Tel. +49-951-863 1051).

Humboldt Research Fellowship Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Volkswagen-Stiftung Tandem-Programm (University of Bamberg)