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North American Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #130 (QS) Berlin, Germany
The Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) at Freie Universität Berlin provides research training of the highest international standards while at the same time promoting independent research. 
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Key Features

The Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) at Freie Universität Berlin offers individualized supervision and provide research opportunities in American/Canadian research institutes, archives and libraries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Based on an innovative research program, the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Graduate School has been designed to respond to the growing need to move beyond traditional disciplines while remaining anchored within a discipline.
  •  The doctoral study program covers a period of three years.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • A Statement of Purpose of approx. 2 pages (in English)
  • Copies of Earned Degrees/Diplomas/Graduation Certificates (High School, BA, MA, etc.)
  •  Outline of the Dissertation Project of 8-10 pages (in English)
  • A work plan/timeline (in English)
  • A Writing Sample based on a chapter of the M.A. thesis or an already published journal article (in English or German)
  • Two Recent Letters of Reference 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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