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Joint Master's Programme

The European Joint Master's Programme in English and American Studies is a Master’s programme developed by the Departments of English and American Studies and our partner universities.


Degree Awarded

Starting Date

Programme Duration
minimum 4 semesters


Language of Instruction

     Mode of Attendance

Programme structure

The programme consists of 90 ECTS taught credits and 30 ECTS for the thesis. You will take compulsory credits in linguistics, literary studies and cultural studies (10-12 ECTS each) as well as in English language proficiency (8-12 ECTS). Students whose first language is English may replace these credits with credits in a foreign language. The remaining taught credits should be taken in the specialist field of your choice: either linguistics, literary studies or cultural studies. 

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the programme, you must have

  1. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 180 ECTS in English and American Studies or in another area relevant to the programme, e.g. modern and classical languages. If your BA degree is NOT in English and American studies, please contact the academic advisor of your chosen entrance university. It is not necessary to have completed your BA degree before applying, but you should indicate the date when you expect to be awarded your degree.
  2. Proof of your competence in English in the form of a recognised language certificate. The following minimum scores are required in these English language exams: 
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) – PASS
  • Michigan ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English) – PASS
  • Trinity ISE 3 (Integrated Skills in English) – PASS
  • Pearson PTE Academic – MINIMUM SCORE 76
  • TOEFL Internet-based test – MINIMUM SCORE 98

Exceptions are made for students whose entrance university is The City College of The City University of New York or students who are native or near-native speakers of English (C2, CEFR). Verification of C2 level will be at the discretion of the academic coordinators. 

    3. Motivation Statement

Prepare your motivation statement before you complete the online application.
Length: max. 4,000 characters.

Make sure you answer the following questions in your statement:

  • Why would you like to participate in the programme?
  • Which field of study are you particularly interested in: literature, linguistics or cultural studies? Think carefully about this question because you will take the majority of your credits in this area and write your thesis.
  • Which entrance university/degree awarding partner would you prefer and why? Your answer should focus on academic reasons.
  • Which university would you prefer for your mobility semester and why?  Your answer should focus on academic reasons.
  • In what way will the programme affect your professional future? 

For the full list of academic criteria, go to: https://www.jointdegree.eu/de/eas/application-selection/criteria/

Tuition Fees

Students are subject to the tuition fee regulations at their entrance university. Check these regulations carefully when you choose your entrance university. There are also local fees (e.g. student union fee) which have to be paid at the entrance university.

For the mobility semester at one of the partner institutions, students are exempted from tuition fees at mobility universities.

For the overview of tuition and local fees and living expenses, go to


Application and Admission

The call for applications for the academic year 2023/24 is open from 18.01.2023 to 3.04.2023.

Please read the information about online application carefully before you apply. In particular, check the section Before you apply to see if this is the right programme for you.


After you have successfully submitted your application, the academic coordinators of the partner universities will select those applicants who fulfil the selection criteria and will then be admitted to the programme. You will be informed about the results of the selection and admission process by the academic coordinator at the entrance university.

To apply online, go to https://jointdegree.biobs.com/

Selection & Admission Procedure

Partner Universities

The partner universities involved in this programme are

Degree Awarding Partners:

Mobility Partners

What is the difference between a degree awarding institution and a mobility partner?

Degree awarding institutions are entitled to award the Joint Degree. Students must choose their entrance university when applying for the programme and must be enrolled at their entrance university. The obligatory mobility semester can be spent either at a degree awarding institution or at one of the mobility partners.

Mobility partners do not award the Joint Degree. The ECTS credits gained will be counted towards the award of the Joint Degree at the student’s entrance university. Students should rank their mobility preferences when applying for the programme.

Special regulations for the Double Degree Agreement between Barcelona and Venice:

In case you want to choose the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as your entrance university, you can only spend your mobility at Ca' Foscar University Venice. For furtherinformation please consult the following WEBSITE.

In case you choose Ca' Foscari University as your entrance university and the Universitàt de Barcelona as your mobility university, you have the opportunity to get a double degree.

Please note that in this case special regulations apply: Students will spend the second year at UAB, where, following the 30 ECTS they will obtain from taught courses, they will also be required to write a dissertation (30-50 pages) on a theme agreed with a supervisor in UAB. The dissertation carries 12 ECTS. This is in addition to the final degree thesis which students will have to write for Ca' Foscari, and presents an opportunity for them to do background research into a theme which will be relevant to their final thesis, as well as providing useful experience of extended academic writing.


Academic Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Schumm
+43 (0) 316-380 2439
Department of English Studies
Heinrichstraße 36/II
8010 Graz

Co-academic Coordinator Ao.Univ.-Prof.Mag.Dr.phil.M.A. Roberta Maierhofer
+43 (0) 316-380 8198
Center for Inter-American Studies
Elizabethstraße 59/II
8010 Graz
Administrative Coordinator

Joint Programme Team

+43 (0) 316-380 1217
International Office
Universitätsplatz 3 
8010 Graz  



Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Prof. David John Newbold
Phone: +39-041-234-7835

University of Bamberg

Dr. Susan Brähler
Phone: +49-951-863-2175
University of Pécs 
Prof. Gabriella Vöö
Phone: +36-72-503-600/24184
University of Paris

Prof. Francois Vergniolle de Chantal
Phone: + 33-840-0157275848

City College of the City University of New York

Prof. Andras Kiséry
Phone: +1-212-650-6334

Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Dr. Anna Paluchowska-Messing


Autonomous University of Barcelona
Prof. Andrew Monnickendam


Phone: +34 (0) 93581- 2308


Academic Coordinator JDEAS
Dr. Jennifer Schumm Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2439

Office hours:
Please e-mail me to arrange an appointment.


Roberta Maierhofer

Co-academic Coordinator JDEAS
Phone:+43 316 380 - 8198

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