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.
One field of activity is teaching at different schools and colleges.
Moreover, many graduates of English and American Studies work in the following industries:
The bachelor's degree programme at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.
Orientation Phase (First Year)
Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)
The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.
Examinations regulations major subject English and American Studies 2021 (pdf)
Examinations regulations minor subject English and American Studies 2021 (pdf)
At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's programme. You may have to observe combination rules.
The STUDIMAT supports you in combining the major with the minor subject. Try it out now!
Spending a semester abroad is a valuable experience and a must for any language student.
The International Office is the contact for both German students wishing to study abroad as well as for foreign students visiting Erfurt. As part of the university agreements, tuition fees are waived for exchange students. Additional incurring charges can be minimised through scholarships and the Erasmus mobility allowance.
more information about studying abroad
The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.
Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:
Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's programme, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
Teaching profession at the University of Erfurt
If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject English at the following schools:
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General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):
Beginning of Studies:
End of First Year:
All language proficiency tests are carried out by the languages centre. The recognition of external certificates (IELTS, CAE, TOEFL) can be requested.
The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.
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):
At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.
Master Programme Applied Linguistics – Acquisition, Processing and Use of Language
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Master of Education Special Needs Pedagogy
Numerous information and advisory 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
The 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) and get a taste of campus life. Information and programme: Discovery Days
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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.
Review by Sarah on Studycheck
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.
Enrol now for English and American Studies!
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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