English Studies
Bachelor programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language
German, English
School subject
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools, Vocational schools

Course Details

English and American Studies comprises much more than intensive language study to acquire advanced knowledge in oral and written English. It encourages critical thinking, expands discursive skills in both mother tongue and foreign language and increases intercultural competence.

In addition to an in-depth study of current English, which includes an intensive examination of its structure, varieties and origins, our departments enable students to develop skills in the analysis of and reflection on literature and to acquire a broader knowledge of the cultures, literatures and history of the Anglophone countries.

On this basis, English and American Studies brings applied perspectives to all subject areas. These relate, for example, to the learning and teaching of foreign languages, but also to the inclusion of media study aspects in the treatment of issues in literary and cultural studies.

What Makes Studying in Erfurt Attractive

Subfields of English and American Studies:

  • Linguistics:
    Structure and use of the English language and its analysis
  • Literary Studies:
    Anglophone literature of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as literary-historical classification and analysis
  • Language (language practice):
    Fluent and stylistically appropriate command of English at an advanced level
  • Culture and history of Anglophone countries:
    especially Great Britain and North America

If you are aiming for a teaching profession, you will also be introduced to the didactics of teaching English.

What makes studying English in Erfurt attractive

Study goals: Become an expert in the following areas:


  • Structure and use of the English language
  • Phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
  • National and social varieties of English
  • Historical development of English and language change
  • language acquisition and multilingualism
  • applied linguistics

Literary Studies

  • Knowledge of the most important developments and periods of British literature since the early modern period and of North American literature based on the reading of selected texts in the original language.
  • In-depth knowledge of selected authors as well as exemplary insight into the more recent Anglophone literatures and transnational or global contexts.
  • Knowledge of the most important theories, methods and problems in English and American Studies
  • Training in the ability to independently analyse and interpret poetically texts of different genres and epochs and related media, taking into account important cultural, social and political contexts.
  • Training in the ability to form theses in Literary Studies in the interrelation of literary and visual texts as well as texts on literary, cultural and media theory.

Language practice

  • situationally appropriate oral and written use of contemporary English.
  • confidence in lexis, grammar, style, idiom, pronunciation and intonation
  • consolidated listening and reading comprehension skills
  • knowledge of the special features of the varieties of English, in particular the British and American language standards
  • Reception of literary texts as well as relevant specialised texts, production of academic texts
  • socio-cultural and intercultural language competence
  • Translation from and into English.

Regional studies of Anglophone countries and interculturality

  • Knowledge of geographical, historical, political, social, economic and cultural issues of Anglophone countries.
  • Reflection on own and foreign cultural perspectives, development of intercultural competence.

Subject didactics English

  • foreign language teaching and learning processes
  • foreign language didactics, literature didactics, cultural didactics and media didactics
  • Second language acquisition of English in a school context
  • Reading and analysing selected works of children's and young adult literature in the original language

People, study organisation and tools

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Job & Career Perspectives

One field of activity is teaching at different schools and colleges.

Moreover, many graduates of English and American Studies work in the following industries:

  • Tourisms
  • Translation (interpreting, translating)
  • Publishing (editorial department)
  • Documentation and archiving (libraries)
  • Journalism (print media, news agencies)
  • Radio and television (editing, writing)
  • Public relations (PR agencies, consultancy)
  • Marketing and advertising (copywriter)
  • Diplomacy (NGOs, embassies)
  • Politics (parties, associations)

English and American Studies in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The first two semesters are known as the orientation phase (O-Phase, 1st-2nd semester) . During this time, you can explore the study system, familiarise yourself with the study and examination regulations and test their application. After completing the O-Phase, you have the opportunity to change subject if necessary.

After successfully completing this phase, you can move on to the qualification phase (Q-Phase, 3rd-6th semester). In this phase, you will deepen your knowledge of the course content and set your personal specialisation. The Q-Phase ends in the major subject with the completion of your Bachelor's thesis.

Orientation phase (1st-2nd semester)

Compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of English Linguistics (9 LP)
  • Fundamentals of English and American Literary Studies (9 LP)
  • Language practice
  • Regional studies of Anglophone countries and interculturality (6 LP)

one compulsory elective module on English language practice:

  • Language Studies English - B2.2 or higher (6 LP)
  • Language Practice English - C2 (for native speakers) (6 LP)

Qualification phase (3rd-6th semester)

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced module in English Linguistics (9 LP)
  • Advanced module in English and American Literary Studies (9 LP)
  • Final module, for the preparation of a bachelor's thesis (12 LP)

You can choose the academic modules of the qualification phase with or without a teaching orientation.

Compulsory elective modules (18 LP):

Without teacher orientation

  • Applied linguistics (9 LP)
  • Literature and Media (9 LP)

With teacher orientation

  • Core module applied linguistics (6 LP)
  • Core module Literature and Media (6 LP)
  • Fundamentals of English subject didactics/children's and youth literature (6 LP)
  • Language Studies English - C1.1 or higher (6 LP)
  • Language practice English - C2 (for native speakers) (6 LP)
  • Language module, modern language other than English - B1.1 or higher (6 LP)

In the English and American Studies major, one compulsory elective module on the professional field and three compulsory elective modules (18 LP) on the Studium Fundamentale must also be completed.

Further information on the course of study

The major and minor subjects differ in terms of course content and scope. A Bachelor's thesis is written in the major subject. English and American Studies is offered as both a major and a minor subject.

Study abroad

Study abroad

A study visit to an Anglophone country is practically a must for language students.

The University of Erfurt maintains various cooperation agreements with international universities. The cooperation agreements include a waiver of tuition fees for exchange students. Additional costs incurred by studying abroad can be minimised by means of Auslands-BAFöG, a scholarship or the Erasmus mobility grant.

More information: Study abroad in English

The International Office will be happy to help you organise your stay abroad.



Internships during your studies

  • interdisciplinary internship for vocational field
  • optional: career-oriented internship

Further internships for students aiming for a teaching profession:

  • two school-related internships in the Bachelor's programme

Master Programmes

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English and American Studies as a teaching profession

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Teacher training programme

Information on the teacher training programme

The teacher training programme is based on the Bachelor's/Master's degree system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's programme, you complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.

Study teaching profession

Study English as a teaching profession

If you go on to complete a Master's degree programme in the teaching profession, you will acquire the teaching qualification for:

  • English at Primary schools,
  • English at Secondary schools,
  • English at Special schools,
  • English at Vocational schools.

Study to become a teaching profession for vocational schools

If you would like to teach English at vocational schools, choose English and American Studies as a general subject on the Master of Education programme Vocational schools. In the event that you only have the vocational specialisation but not the requirements for a general education subject, you can catch up on the subject-specific basics parallel to the master's programme .

Study teaching profession vocational schools

Study to become a teaching profession for special education and inclusive pedagogy

If you would like to become a Special Needs Pedagogy teacher, you must choose Special Education and Inclusive Pedagogy as your major subject and English and American Studies as your minor subject in your Bachelor's degree. You will then study for a Master of Education programme in Special Needs Pedagogy and Inclusive Education.

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Study to become a teaching profession for primary schools

If you would like to teach at Primary schools, you must choose the major subject Primary Education and the minor subject English and American Studies in your Bachelor's degree. You will then go on to study the Master of Education Primary schools.

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Study to become a teaching profession for secondary schools

If you would like to teach at secondary schools, you must choose English and American Studies as well as another subject relevant to teaching in your Bachelor's degree. You will then go on to study the Master of Education secondary schools.

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Presentation of the English and American Studies programme (Open Day 2022)

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Access requirements

Admission requirements for English and American Studies

Studying with A-Levels

For the Bachelor's degree programme in English and American Studies, you need a

  • general higher education entrance qualification or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification or comparable previous education.

General information on the admission requirements (studying without Abitur):

Admissions qualification

Language requirements in English studies

With the start of the degree programme in English and American Studies:

  • English at language level B2

By the end of the degree programme in English and American Studies:

  • English at language level C1
  • in a further modern foreign language at language level B1 (only in the main subject)

Information on language requirements and level examinations

Language Centre

The Language Centre offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and improving your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

No admission limitation (without nc)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

English and American Studies will suit you if you have the following qualities:

Language skills

The programme requires good communication skills, both written and oral. Excellent English language skills are essential for the degree programme.

Interest in language and literature

A strong interest in English language, literature and cultural expression is crucial. You will need to study many works of literature , develop analytical skills and understand cultural contexts.

Cultural interest

If you are interested in English-speaking culture, literature, history and society, you will enjoy your studies. English and American Studies often covers a wide range of topics, from classical literature to modern pop culture phenomena.

Analytical skills

The ability to read, interpret and analyse texts critically is crucial. This includes the ability to understand and interpret literary works, historical documents and cultural artefacts.

Openness to diversity

Studying English and American Studies often involves exploring different cultures and perspectives. Openness to diversity and the ability to understand different points of view are therefore an advantage.

What our students say

I am studying English Studies and American Studies as a minor and I am very satisfied. We have many lecturers who are native speakers, which I find particularly great. They are all very nice and helpful. There is a wide range of courses on offer - so everyone will find something to suit them!

Review by Anastasia on Studycheck

The lecturers were very professional and helpful. The content was also interesting and I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend the programme to others. The university is also great and the city is very beautiful and has a lot to offer young people.

Review by M. on Studycheck

You are introduced to many areas of the English language. You learn about literature, linguistics, phonetics and much more. Furthermore, you can improve your pronunciation and writing skills in the language courses, which are adapted to your English level through a test. If you enjoy English, you will also enjoy this study programme.

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The major and minor subject in English/American Studies is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject bachelor:

If you are combining English/American Studies with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enrol directly from May 1 to September 15.

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If you are combining English/American Studies with a admission-restricted program (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.

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Get to know English and American Studies

Open Day & Discovery Days

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Open Day

Get to know the English and American Studies degree programme at the Open Day. Numerous information and counselling services offer you the opportunity to see the study and living conditions in Erfurt for yourself at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours.

Information on the programme:

Open Day


Discovery Days

Discovery Days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) in English and American Studies and get a taste of campus life.

Information and programme:

Discovery Days

Further information from the University of Erfurt

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Consulting & Service

Student advice and counselling

Student advice and counselling English and American Studies
(Faculty of Philosophy)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / room 610
Office hours
Tuesday, 13:00–13:45
Wednesday, 9:00–11:00
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(Faculty of Philosophy)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / Raum 618
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