Linguistics – 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 Linguistics as a minor subject.

Linguistics aims to increase the awareness and understanding of implicit language knowledge – the feeling for language – and to explain it. Linguistics is not German, English or French, but the science of languages and the ability to speak – it systematically investigates languages. During this bachelor's programme you will learn about the structure and history of languages and how they are used.


DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Obligatory minor subjectno
Number of places:50

Why study Linguistics at Konstanz?

  • The Department of Linguistics is one of the leading research institutions for linguistics in Germany
  • You will enjoy individual and intense supervision (e.g. tutorials)
  • Several language laboratories for experimental research and teaching
  • You can acquire a large spectrum of practically oriented transferable skills



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

There are a variety of career options for our graduates:

  • in adult education
  • in the media (publishing houses, newspapers, magazines, television)
  • in communications technology or the data processing industry, documentation, text and information processing, as well as in automatic translating
  • in the clinical sphere, such as language therapy; this requires either a special masters’ degree (e.g. clinical linguistics, University of Marburg), or an additional training programme in speech therapy
  • in public relations work in associations or enterprises

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

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

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


You have to complete an internship of at least 3 months during the semester break or spend a semester abroad. The staff of the university’s Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

To enhance your foreign language skills we highly recommend you to spend the 4th or 5th semester abroad. The university promotes study abroad via the Erasmus+ programme and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Enthusiasm for language(s) and their structure
  • Ability to think in a formal and networked way
  • Very good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You need a very good knowledge of the specific main language. No previous practical language skills are required if you wish to study Italian, Russian, or Spanish. You can gain these skills in language courses during your studies.

German language skills

International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or 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.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Orientation procedures
If you intend to study at a university in Baden-Württemberg, you will need to submit proof of having completed an orientation procedure along with your university application. You must enclose proof of participation in the orientation procedure with your application documents. Here you will find a list of the orientation procedures recognised by the University of Konstanz.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


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 some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be 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' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (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.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.