Comparative + Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) - Master

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Voraussetzung und Bewerbung

The CMEPS program offers 20 places each year, 10 each at the University of Tübingen and the AUC. Selection of students will be based on academic capabilities, personal qualification, and motivation. Up to ten stipends for students at each location will be awarded in a second step involving representatives of both universities, of professional practice as well as DAAD.

You are eligible to study in the CMEPS program if you hold a B.A. degree or equivalent
- in Political Science, International Relations or a related social science, or
- in Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies, or a related discipline.

You also need to provide evidence of your proficiency in English, e.g. through TOEFL (scores: at least 90), IELTS (at least 6.5), a similar certificate, or through having graduated from an English-language university.

The application deadline is on 15th May of each year; studies begin in fall term.

The CMEPS program is taught and assessed in English. Applicants need to provide evidence of their proficiency in English (see admission requirements above).

CMEPS students at Tübingen will also take courses in basic Arabic in their first year and have the possibility to take further Arabic courses during their semester at AUC.

Details zum Studiengang

The M.A. in “Comparative & Middle East Politics and Society” (CMEPS) is a two-year joint master’s program offered by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC). It provides in-depth knowledge of the political and societal developments in the Middle East as well as analytical tools for understanding this region’s complex dynamics and challenges.

The focal point of the degree program is the relationship between societies and states in the MENA region, as well as the dynamics of social and political transformation. Key topics are Comparative Politics of the Middle East, development politics and international cooperation, and issues of regime change and democratization. Students can also choose from a range of elective modules, concentrating, for example, on International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, or on issues in the culture and civil societies of the Middle East. Depending on their first degree, students of the CMEPS program will also take courses in either Political Science methods or basic Arabic during their first year. Irrespective of their first degree, by the end of their studies CMEPS students will have a unique profile which combines an advanced knowledge of Comparative Politics with a strong specialization in the politics, society, cultures, and language of the Arab Middle East. To promote the link between theory and practice, study trips to international organizations and development agencies as well as to important political and cultural institutions of the respective host country are included in the program.

For more information please visit www.cmeps.eu or see the program’s information brochure

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CMEPS is offered jointly by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC).All students will spend one semester at the respective partner institution. They will gain practical work experience through an internship (alternatively: courses on transdisciplinary qualifications). The master’s theses will be jointly supervised by faculty members of both universities.

Closing date for applications is 15th May of each year.

Admission at the University of Tübingen is restricted to 10 students per year.


The CMEPS program is jointly offered by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC) and cooperates with organizations and professionals in the economic sector as well as in the field of development cooperation.

Students will spend the first year of the program at their home university. They will take classes on Middle East politics and societies, regime change and democratization, and Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Depending on their prior knowledge, students will take Arabic language classes. Moreover, students can chose electives from issues in Comparative Politics of the MENA region or Political Science.

The third term is spent at the partner institution where students will take a course on Development Politics, choose between courses of Issues in Cultures and Civil Societies of the Middle East and deepen their knowledge of Arabic in advanced in-country courses. It is also most likely in the third term that students will complete an internship either in Egypt or in Germany.

In the fourth term all students attend a research colloquium during which they need to present an outline of their planned thesis, write their M.A. theses, and sit an oral examination.

In diesem Studiengang verbringen die StudentInnen ihr drittes Fach-Semester (August - Dezember) an der Partneruniversität AUC in Kairo.
Die Planung des Studiums vor Ort wird im Vorfeld mit der Studiengangskoordinatorin besprochen.
Nähere Informationen finden sich unter: https://cmeps.eu

Freiwilliger Auslandsaufenthalt
In jedem Studiengang ist ein freiwilliger Auslandsaufenthalt möglich. Mit der Planung sollte ca. ein bis eineinhalb Jahre vor der Abreise begonnen werden. 
Weitere Informationen und Beratung zum Auslandsstudium finden Sie auf der fachübergreifenden Seite Wege ins Ausland. Zudem bieten einige Fächer auch eigene Informationen zu Auslandsaufenthalten an. 

Entscheidungshilfe bei der Studienwahl

Entscheidungshilfen für ein Erststudium

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Entscheidungshilfen für Masterstudiengänge

Bei der Studienwahlentscheidung für die Masterstudiengänge spielen Spezialisierung, Schwerpunktsetzung und forschungs- sowie berufsbezogene Kriterien eine Rolle. Für Interessierte an Masterstudiengängen gibt es eine Vielzahl an Orientierungshilfen wie z.B. den Besuch von Lehrveranstaltungen und spezielle Beratungs- sowie Informationsangebote (z.B. Zentrale Studienberatung, Studienfachberatung, Career Service). Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter Beratung und Information.

Nach dem Studium

CMEPS graduates will have excellent job opportunities for academic and non-academic careers in either country. They will be qualified to work at leading universities or in governmental or private research institutions. The focus on Middle East politics and societal issues provides an excellent foundation for a career in German and international institutions concerned with development cooperation or diplomacy, NGOs, Political Foundations and Think Tanks.

Beratung und Praktika
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