Joint PhD in Transcultural German Studies

By fostering transcultural competence and professional excellence across the Atlantic, the Arizona-Leipzig PhD/DPhil Program offers interdisciplinary doctoral training in two challenging academic environments, while providing intensive mentoring opportunities and comprehensive financial support.

The Arizona-Leipzig Transcultural German Studies Doctoral Program is housed on two campuses, one in Leipzig, Germany and one in Tucson, Arizona. Incoming US-based students complete one year of doctoral coursework at the University of Arizona and a second year at the University of Leipzig,  while financially supported through teaching and research fellowships. Students who begin their doctoral studies in Leipzig pursue their second year of doctoral course work at the University of Arizona, where they teach alongside their US-based colleagues in the German Studies Department. Students complete their third year of coursework at their home institution. 

Prospective students are asked to apply both to the Graduate College as well as to the German Studies Department, via the Director of Graduate Studies. A list of admissions materials can be found under Admissions. Applicants for the PhD in Transcultural German Studies must fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • A Master’s Degree (or Magister) in German, German Studies, German as a Foreign Language, or equivalent field.
  • A high level of competence in English and German (minimum Common European Framework rating of C1).

The handbook below will guide you through the details of the program.

Testimonials

Diane Richardson

Doctoral Candidate

The joint PhD program in Transcultural German Studies has allowed me to combine my interests in Foreign Language Pedagogy and German Literary and Cultural Studies. Working and studying at the renowned Herder-Institut, where I began the program, prepared me well for teaching German at the University of Arizona. After my first semester in Tucson, I knew that I wanted to continue teaching German in the US, so I switched sides and ended up staying four years instead of one. Throughout my studies, I have been very impressed with the great amount of support shown by faculty on both sides of the program. For anyone interested in a combination of pedagogy, linguistics, and literary studies, this program is an excellent choice.