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TransRomania Studies: Romance languages, literatures and cultures (M.A.)


Transregional – transdisciplinary – transmedia

"True romance" in Göttingen: Building on related Bachelor's studies, the Master's degree programme in TransRomania Studies provides a deeper knowledge of the language, literature and cultural aspects of the Romance countries and their cultural sphere. Academic and language-related foci are available for the four major Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

TransRomania Studies: Romance languages, literatures and cultures
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Double Degree
Teaching language:
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Summer and winter semester
(Application to the faculty)


The Master's Programme in TransRomania Studies is a consecutive programme that follows and builds upon the Bachelor's programme. It conveys in-depth knowledge in linguistics, literary and cultural studies of the Romance language and cultural regions.

The Göttingen programme in TransRomania Studies is completely dedicated to the Romance languages. It comprises the four large Romance languages French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese as well as the non-European Romance language regions and – in the elective range – Romanian, Catalan, Galician and Sardinian.

The degree programme focuses on the structures, variations and development of the Romance languages and the inherent and varying characteristics of the Romance literatures. Main fields of study are variational linguistics, language contact research, cognitive semantics, historical grammar and syntax in linguistics, as well as interculturality, imagology, autobiographic writing and gender research in literary studies, with the span of literary history extending from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

The curriculum also offers courses in which you can further develop your language skills in occupation- and application-related fields, explore the Romance cultural areas from trans- and inter-cultural perspectives, or specialize in methodological and theoretical areas, for example Mediality or gender studies. It also offers the opportunity to include an internship about “Language, culture and media: application and teaching”.

The degree Master's of Arts in TransRomania Studies: Romance languages, literatures and cultures qualifies for a university career, for positions in research and cultural institutions, in cultural journalism, culture management and public relations and generally for all fields of occupation that require comprehensive knowledge of the Romance languages and cultures as well as intercultural skills.

Related programmes

Programme structure

The Master's programme can be selected as a single subject programme with 78 credits or as a programme with 42 credits in connection with a module package either from a different subject area or from another discipline of Romance studies. Here, students are required to specialise in either a scientific or a language-related area. The choices available are linguistics, literary studies, studies of France and francophony, Italian studies, Spanish and Hispanic studies or Portuguese and Brazilian studies.

For the programmes focusing mainly on scientific studies, i.e. linguistics and literary studies, elective compulsory modules in linguistics and/or literary studies must be selected for two Romance languages (e.g. French and Spanish linguistics). For programmes focusing mainly on one language, elective compulsory modules in linguistics and literary studies are combined with each other (e.g. Italian linguistics and literary studies). In addition, elective modules are studied, which expand the students’ knowledge in general Romance studies, increase their practical language skills, focus on methodological theory, but also provide more detailed knowledge in the selected areas of specialisation or enable the integration of an internship.


Regulations and module directory

Previous education

  • B.Sc. Degree or equivalent
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Verification required of academic performance in a Romance programme of study (e.g. Gallo-Roman Studies, Spanish Studies, Italian Studies, Portuguese Studies, Romance Studies or Romance Philology or a subject of the cultural sciences with a corresponding regional concentration)
      • in the scope of at least 50 ECTS, including
      • at least 6 credits each in linguistics and literature science.

Language requirements

  • If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level of the DSH-2.
  • For the study foci France and francophony studies, Italian studies, Spanish and Hispanic studies or Portuguese and Brazilian studies respectively:
    • French (GER level C1),
    • Italian (GER level B2+),
    • Portuguese (GER level B2+), oder
    • Spanish (GER level C1)
  • For the subject-scientific study foci Linguistics and Literary Science the evidence of language skills in two Romance languages must be provided according to the levels stated above.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Lisa Müller, Thale Hapke

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010


Questions on the programme

apl. Prof. Dr. Annette Paatz

Seminar für Romanische Philologie
Humboldtallee 19
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 66258

Sprechstunde: Mittwochs 12:00 bis 14:00 Uhr


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 24653
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010