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Our program

Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East (ISME) is a two-year, full-time master’s program taught in English on the campus in Berlin.

Six disciplines – Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies including Islam in Europe, Jewish Studies, Semitic Studies, and Ottoman Studies and Turcology – open their English-taught courses from their disciplinary (German-taught) master's programs to approach the Middle East from a multi-disciplinary perspective; in this way, students of ISME and students from disciplinary master's programs converge in a unique study setting. 

The program allows you to learn and apply new methods that take into account the diversity of languages, literatures, societies, religions, and cultures of this region and to gain a new understanding of the many ways in which they have become intertwined throughout their rich histories.

As a consecutive program, it builds on knowledge about the Middle East and skills from the field of humanities and cultural studies that have been acquired in the course of a bachelor program or through professional qualification. 

The master's program is, as standard in Germany, tuition-free for all students, irrespective of their country of origin.

Is our program right for you?

Are you curious about cultures of the Middle East – a complex and fascinating region that spans from Iran to the Arabian Peninsula and Morocco?

Do you love to engage with languages and literatures from and scholarship about the Middle East? 

Are you eager to plan your studies and conduct research independently and explore new areas of interest?

Can you prove excellent English language skills (at least level C1 CEFR)?

Do you hold a bachelor's degree with at least 60 credit points in courses related to Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East?

Are you proficient in at least one of the following program-related languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Syriac-Aramaic, or Turkish (at least level B1 CEFR)?

Then our master's program Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East may be of interest to you. 

The application deadline has passed on August 15; the next period of application will start in April 2023 for winter 2023/2024. We will start to pre-assess documents again by February 2023.


Direct all your inquiries to the program's academic advisors Lukas Muehlethaler and Victoria Mummelthei via isme@geschkult.fu-berlin.de

Please note: We will not answer ISME-related mails sent to us to our personal mail addresses.

MA Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East
Department of History and Cultural Studies
Fabeckstraße 23/25
14195 Berlin

The master's program Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East has successfully passed through the established quality assurance system and has demonstrated compliance with the accreditation criteria through the internal accreditation procedure

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