Undergraduate study programme leading to a first professional degree.
The major Literatures – Cultures– Languages combines specializations in individual philologies with theoretical and methodological content from general literature studies as well as transcultural perspectives that reach beyond the chosen specialization into neighbouring literary traditions and cultures. The specializations within the new major Literatures – Cultures – Languages replace the individual study programmes offered until the winter semester 2022/23.
You select and apply for one of the following majors:
- British and American Studies (BAST)
- German Literature
- French Literature
- Italian Literature
- Latin Literature
- Slavic Literatures
- Spanish Studies and Ibero-American Studies
By studying texts and narratives of all kinds, including other media, you will explore different cultural areas and thus enrich your literature studies with knowledge from the cultural studies field. In addition, you will also acquire in-depth language skills as well as career and transfer-oriented skills.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.9.|
|Obligatory minor subject||no|
Why study Literatures – Cultures– Languages in the University of Konstanz?
- Orientation towards current basic research in literature and cultural studies
- Interdisciplinary programme with practical orientation
- Small groups and formats that promote active participation in class
- Wide variety of interdisciplinary courses available through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies
Prospects and opportunities
Typical work areas include:
- Literature sector (e.g. publishing houses, literature houses, libraries and archives)
- Media sector (e.g. newspapers, radio, television, online magazines) Press and public relations
- Marketing and advertising
- Cultural sector (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)
Further career prospects are available at interview series #dreamjob - starting your career, where our university alumni share their personal experiences with starting a career.
In bachelor's programmes in the humanities, you choose a minor (40 credits) in addition to your major subject (120 credits). You will also complete courses from the area of transferable skills (20 credits) including an internship. The general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities is available on the corresponding website.
Possible combinations of major and minor subject
In the BA Literatures – Cultures– Languages programme, you can combine your major and minor in any way as long as they are different. Your specializations must not be the same as the minor. We have compiled an overview of the general structure of the bachelor's programme Literatures – Cultures– Languages for you.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Internship and study abroad
As part of your studies, you are required to complete an internship of at least eight weeks. In addition, you can get credit for further internships of longer duration. The university’s Career Service will support you in finding a suitable internship.
A semester or year abroad is highly recommended and may be credited toward your major as part of building your individual profile. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.
What interests and skills should I have?
- Enjoy reading literary and academic texts
- Passion for the respective language of specialization
- Interest in the history and culture of the respective region(s) where the language is spoken
Foreign language skills
If you specialize in a foreign language, you also have to document skills in another foreign language outside this specialization. If you specialize in German literature, you have to document skills in two foreign languages. You can document these skills either by at least 3 years of school language study with the minimum grade of "sufficient" in the last year, or by passing the language test at the Language Institute (SLI) of the University of Konstanz. You do not need to document your language skills when applying for admission, but only when registering for the final examination.
German language skills
International applicants need to submit documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other recognized language tests or recognized school certificates may be submitted. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.
Language(s) of instruction
The language of instruction in the bachelor’s programme is German, as well as the corresponding language of specialization.
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
Documentation orientation test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to document having taken an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation along with your application documents.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Some international students are required to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. Since 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. Students who are citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) are not required to pay tuition fees. Doctoral students and certain "Bildungsinländer" (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German Abitur) are also exempt from paying tuition fees. We have compiled more detailed information on fees for you.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students, in accordance with the "Begabtenbefreiungssatzung" (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). We have compiled more detailed information on fees for you.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
PocketGuide on applications
Our PocketGuide (in German) takes you through the entire process, from successful application to enrolment in your chosen bachelor's programme at the University of Konstanz.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.9. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your school-leaving certificate qualifying you for university study (e.g. Abitur)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- documentation of vocational training you may have completed
- any other relevant documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. All mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).