Classics and the Ancient Near East – Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment. If you are studying a different bachelor's programme in the humanities, you can also select this study programme as a minor subject.

This bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology. The unique aspect of this study programme lies in its transcendence of traditional academic boundaries by linking historical findings (literary texts, physical legacies) and how they were perceived in the course of the centuries. Including the "Ancient Near East" extends the concept of "Classical Antiquity". This broad approach makes it possible to not only learn about the continued influence of Classical Antiquity on the "Renaissances" that occurred between the Middle Ages and the present day, but also the reception processes during Classical Antiquity.

  • Bachelor of Arts
Start of study
  • Winter semester
Standard period of study
  • 6 Semester
Application period
  • 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restriction
  • No
Mandatory minor
  • No
ECTS Credits
  • 180

Why study Classics and the Ancient Near East in Konstanz?

  • Based on current research in literature and cultural sciences
  • Courses in English
  • Integrated internships and stays abroad
  • Interdisciplinary courses
  • Practice-oriented seminars

Study content


Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Public and private cultural institutions (cultural departments, culture organisers, cultural/study foundations)
  • Companies, associations and organisations with cultural requirements
  • Media and publishing
  • Out-of-school education (adult education, editor at a university abroad etc.)

Further professional perspectives can be found in the interview series #dreamjob – Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master's Programme in History as well as the Master's Programme Global European Studies.

Study structure

Start of study

Winter semester

Study structure

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship.
Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

These documents will support you in planning your studies:

Opportunities for additional training

At the University of Konstanz, you have a broad range of opportunities and training options that complement your study programme, for example orientation programmes to support new students, learning guidance, language courses, a data and information literacy programme as well as options promoting career-oriented skills and social commitment.

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Internships and stays abroad


You must complete an internship of at least 2 months during the semester break. The department and our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Stay abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and other exchange programmes.

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Study requirements

Admission requirements for studying

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 take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


Semester fee
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.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Required language skills

Foreign language skills
Qualification in Latin (Latinum) or ancient Greek (Graecum). You can catch up on missing language skills in your first year of study. No later than by the date you register for your bachelor's examination you have to document your knowledge of a foreign language other than the language included in your major subject. If you have taken at least three years of language classes in school (grade "sufficient" or better in the last year) you can submit your school certificate. Alternatively you can acquire a corresponding certificate at our Language Institute (SLI).

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 and TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. 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.

Teaching and examination language

The language used in class is German. Courses held by visiting lecturers may be held in his/her native language (English, French, Italian).

Interests and skills

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • You are interested in history and culture in the European language area
  • Your ability to express yourself in German and in English is very good
  • Qualification in Latin or ancient Greek (you can catch up on missing Latin and Greek skills in your first year of study).


Application and application documents

Application documents

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 Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.09.
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 .


Contact person

The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) can help you with general questions about finding the right study programme as well as when you are concerned or unsure about your studies. We will be happy to advise you and support you with a wide range of services .

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)
Room: D 409 – 412a
Make an appointment:

Questions related to the content or organization of the study programme:
Departmental student advisory service
Dr. Joachim Fugmann
Contact person room H 131
Phone: +49 7531 88-2463

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