Master of Arts in German and European Studies

University of Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES)

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  • Study in Multicultural environment 
  • Gain practical experience while learning theory 
  • Get trained for professional and academic career setting
  • Travel to Germany
  • 1-year program

Program description

The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). HCGES was founded in 2007 with the goal of exposing students, researchers, and the community at large to a rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe, and Germany in particular, since 1945.

The international Master of Arts program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. The MA program is designed to acquaint students with topics related to Germany and Europe, highlighting Jewish and Israeli perspectives as well as the relationship between the Middle East and Europe. The program is interdisciplinary and allows students to approach German and European studies from a variety of angles while providing students with the opportunity to engage with other departments for a well-rounded education.


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What you will study

The MA program in German and European Studies aims to deepen students’ knowledge of Germany, Europe, and the European Union. The program is structured using the “area studies” model and offers a challenging and unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines many fields of study including economics, law, political science, geography, environmental studies, sociology, history and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students in the program acquire a strong command of the German language by studying 4-8 language hours per week. The program is available in two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students have the option to complete the program in one or two calendar years.

The program also includes an optional, though highly recommended, study tour to Germany and other European countries. The study tour is built around a chosen theme which changes every year. During the study tour, students visit EU institutions as well as other sites relevant to their studies. The cost of the study tour is not included in the program tuition.

For full curriculum please visit here.

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  • A bachelor's degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, 80%, or the equivalent from an accredited university.

  • Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission.

  • Two letters of recommendation from either academic (i.e. a professor) or professional (i.e. a supervisor) sources.

  • CV/Resume

  • Video interview

  • Statement of Purpose

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Graduates of the program will be well placed to pursue career paths in cultural institutions, Europe-related NGOs, museums, galleries and places of learning, as well as other points of contact between Israeli and European countries.


For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,630*. The fee breakdown appears below: 
Tuition  $9,700
Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.)  $930
TOTAL (in US Dollars) $10,630


*This information is relevant for International applicants only. For Israeli citizens and ID holders please contact the Tuition Department here 

There is a non-refundable $100 application fee per academic year for the program.

Dormitories are available for $450 per month.

* Final tuition for the next academic year is updated each August. For more information on the cost of our programs, dormitories, etc. and payment instructions please click here. Information on financial aid can be found here.


Required Courses
  • Research Methods
  • Modern German History
  • Introduction to German Society
  • Introduction to German Economy
  • Basic Principles of German Law
  • Introduction to German Culture after 1945
  • The European Union
  • Colloquium: Topics in German and European Studies
  • German Language
Elective Courses (the list changes every academic year)
  • Israeli-German Relations, 1948-1992
  • The Defense and Security Policy of the EU
  • Comparative Welfare Politics in the EU
  • The European Human Rights Convention
  • Modern European History
  • Modern German Literature
  • Germany and Sports
  • Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective
  • German Cinema

For more details on the current program curriculum, please visit here.


The Haifa Centre for German and European Studies is directed by Professor Eli Salzberger and includes staff with a number of subject-related area specializations. Also at the faculty is Winfried Schumacher who is our German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lecturer at University of Haifa. He teaches language and additional culture and media courses at the Center for German and European Studies. He is also responsible for consulting students and researchers for the DAAD in Haifa and at the Goethe Institut in Tel Aviv.

For the full list of faculty staff please click here.


The program offers 15 DAAD scholarships annually, which covers tuition fees (around 14.000 NIS for the two years track and 27.000 NIS for the one year track). To obtain more information on DAAD scholarships and on how to apply, please click here.  You can also visit the HCGES website for more information on scholarships. 

This program is now eligible for Masa scholarship. For more scholarship information please visit the International school's Scholarships page.


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