Admission and enrollment for the MA program in Turkology at Bamberg university
I would like to apply for the MA in Turkology in Bamberg. What are the language requirements?
- German:B2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR)
A list of the German language certificates that are accepted can be found here: (German only): https://www.uni-bamberg.de/studium/interesse/bewerben/bewerbung-fuer-einen-masterstudiengang/bewerbungsunterlagen/formale-anforderungen/nachweis-von-deutschkenntnissen/
- Turkish: a total of 30 ECTS of Turkish classes that were finished successfully (if you donʼt meet this last requirement, you can instead take our Turkish exam at Bamberg).
- 45 ECTS worth of courses in Oriental Studies
I don‘t know that much German yet. Can I apply anyway?
If you have proof of CEFR B1, you can apply for a semester- or year-long German language course at Bamberg university which will prepare you for the B2 German exam. (Tuition fee: currently 450 Euros per semester). After passing that exam, you will be able to apply for the Turcology program. More information can be found here: https://www.uni-bamberg.de/studium/interesse/bewerben/bewerbung-fuer-einen-masterstudiengang/bewerbungsunterlagen/formale-anforderungen/nachweis-von-deutschkenntnissen/
(In German only, look for „Bewerbung für den DSH-Semesterkurs“).
What else do I need?
A BA in a similar field (humanities, social sciences, oriental studies) and additional documents that vary according to your country of graduation or origin. A comprehensive list of the documents, listed according to countries of origin, can be found here:
I am currently finishing my BA degree. Can I apply before I have the BA in hand?
Yes, in that case you will have to produce the BA certificate in order to enroll.
How do I apply?
After finishing the online application, you will need to mail hard copies of your application documents.
I am a native speaker of Turkish but have never studied that language. Can I apply?
Yes, but please consider that you will need to translate Turkish into German here, which is a thing very different from simply knowing and understanding Turkish. We will probably ask you to prove your translation skills in our Turkish exam at the beginning of your studies here.
I earned my BA in Turkey (or another country). Can I apply?
Yes. If your transcript is written in a language other than German or English, you will need to provide certified translated copies of the necessary documents.
How much is the tuition fee?
Tuition is free. Students in Bamberg need to pay a fee for their student ID, which also functions as a public transport ticket. Currently, this fee is about 90 Euros (per semester).
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships in Germany are granted not by universities, but by charitable foundations and government agencies. You can check this database for scholarships matching your profile, but in general, it is very hard to get scholarships for MA studies (for PhD studies, it is much easier).
Will I need health insurance?
Yes! Health insurance is mandatory and quite affordable in Germany. As a foreign student coming in for the first time, you can choose between private and public health insurance. You will have to prove that you are insured in order to get enrolled. Some people had bad experiences with „cheap“ private insurance, so we strongly suggest you sign up for public health insurance („Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung“, such as AOK, TK…). Primes for students are very reasonable.