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InterAmerican Studies / Estudios InterAmericanos

Application and admission

How does the Covid-19 pandemic affects the Master IAS/EIA?
Bielefeld University maintains active academic and administrative activities, conforming to the health requirements of the respective authorities. As part of the measures implemented, Bielefeld University has decided to extend the application deadlines for its study programs until 31 July and has postponed the start of the 2020/21 winter semester to November. Likewise, all the IAS/EIA Master's courses and activities will be online in the next semester. Students who, due to the current situation, are not able to travel to Bielefeld at the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21 will have the possibility to enroll remotely, according to the guidelines of the Studierendensekretariat

Further and new information related to the current situation at Bielefeld University can be found here

What are the requirements to apply?
The following documents are needed in order to apply:
  • Certificate of undergraduate studies or equivalent degree in disciplines related to InterAmerican Studies. If you do not have the certificate by the date of application, you can send an official transcript of records.
  • Certificate of advanced knowledge of English (B2) and Spanish (B2)
  • Letter of Motivation (2-3 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae (tabular form)
  • Due to the DAAD-funded scholarship program, a more stringent selection process applies to the double-degree option.
Application Deadlines: 15 January for Summer Semester and 15 July for Winter Semester. The online application process for the program is mandatory. With this link you can access the online application portal:

Bielefeld University Online Application Portal

In addition to the online application, in accordance with the admission guidelines, sending documentation by post is necessary.
How does the selection process work?
During the selection process, all application documents submitted (diploma/transcript of records/certifications of advanced knowledge of English/Spanish/Letter of Motivation/CV) are reviewed by a selection committee, which decides whether the applicant fulfills all eligibility requirements.

Applicants who pass the first round may be invited for an interview (15-20 minutes long) in order to establish whether the applicant is qualified to successfully study in the Master of InterAmerican Studies Program. A rejection of the application does not mean that it can not be resubmitted in the next academic year.
What happens if I have been accepted?
Bachelor's students in Germany: The candidates who receive a letter of acceptance must submit the letter in the "Studierendensekretariat" to complete the registration process. At the beginning of each semester an information session is organized for new students.

Students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree from outside of Germany: The applicants who receive a letter of acceptance will be contacted by the International Office of the University of Bielefeld. The International Office will provide students with additional information and recommendations on the steps which need to be taken before the start of the semester. The International Office for foreign students offers guidance and information about scholarships, housing, and the university registration process. It also has a mentoring program to help incoming students adapt to life in Bielefeld.

International Office
Which fields of study make up the Master of InterAmerican Studies Program (IAS)?
Fields of Study
  • Literature, Culture, and Communication Sciences
  • Contact Linguistics
  • Social Anthropology, Developmental Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Transnational History
  • Religious Sociology
The Master of InterAmerican Studies Program attaches great importance to its interdisciplinary approach. In addition to the above disciplines offered at the University of Bielefeld, students have the opportunity to enhance their experience and credentials at one of our foreign partner universities.
What level of English and Spanish do I need to study in the IAS program?
For the Master of InterAmerican Studies Program, advanced language skills in English (B2) and Spanish (B2) are required, as the vast majority of courses offered are taught in these languages. When applying for admission, the two language certificates must be submitted. Students can take the language exams at the University of Bielefeld. Other language certificates (for example, TOEFL), are also accepted.
What level of German do I need to study in the IAS program?
Starting with the Sommer Semester 2018, the master?s program became part of the International track, so it is no longer necessary to demonstrate knowledge of German to obtain the degree. However, students who are accepted to the master?s programme will be able to take the German courses offered by Bielefeld University.
Does the IAS program require its students to study abroad?
The Master of Inter-American Studies Program is designed to develop expertise in international processes of culture, society, and communication. Therefore, it is expected that the students spend at least one semester at one of the partner universities abroad. Studying abroad provides the opportunity to implement theoretical knowledge acquired in a specific cultural, social, and political environment in the Americas. Additionally, studying abroad prepares students for their role as intercultural mediators, since they can gain deeper insights into the culture and society of their host country. The University of Bielefeld has numerous partner universities in North and Latin America, where students can continue with their InterAmerican Studies degree.

For more information on study abroad opportunities, please click here. Study abroad

How can I apply for the double degree option with the Master's Degree in InterAmerican Literatures at the University of Guadalajara?
Students interested in studying the Double Degree should apply to the Master InterAmerican Studies / Estudios InterAmericanos, and indicate in their motivation letter their intention to enter the double degree option.
Does the IAS program require an internship?
The Master of InterAmerican Studies Program does not require an internship. However an internship, in connection with a longer stay abroad, has a positive impact on career opportunities. Therefore, an internship is recommended, which students can participate in during their semester breaks. Students can also do an internship related to their Master's thesis. For inquiries concerning internships, please contact:

Diana Fulger
E-Mail: ias@uni-bielefeld.de
Telefon: +49 521 106-3663
Office: C4-237
What career prospects does the IAS program offer?
The Master of InterAmerican Studies Program graduates students with advanced skills in text and media analysis. During their studies, students deepen their skills of analyzing complex sets of sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics. IAS students are trained in intercultural specialties regarding the American hemisphere. Additionally, the students develop practical multimedia skills through their study project. Thus, graduates are trained in various professional fields and can pursue careers in many areas, including international communication, public relations, radio and television, or international organizations. Graduates may also work in leading international consulting companies, as skills in managing cultural and language complexities are gaining importance in the Americas.

Graduates who wish to continue their academic careers have the opportunity to participate in different doctoral programs focused on topics of the Americas, either within the University of Bielefeld and its various research programs or at other academic institutions.