Studentin der Germanistik im Seminarraum, Universität Erfurt
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
School subject
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools, Vocational schools

Course Details

In the major and minor subject of study German Studies, you will examine the German language and German-language literature with scientific methods.

The topics of German linguistics include

  • structures and functions of the contemporary German language,
  • linguistic varieties (dialects, youth language, specialised languages, etc.),
  • use of German in communication situations and media,
  • history of the German language,
  • forms and functions of language change.

Among the topics of German literature studies are

  • structures, functions and characteristics of literary texts,
  • different genres, text and sign theories,
  • questions of historical poetics,
  • current theories and methods.

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in teaching German as a foreign language at primary, regular, remedial or vocational schools (provided that a Master's programme related to teaching profession is completed),
  • in speech counselling and speech formation,
  • in the press and public relations work,
  • in management consulting and media consulting,
  • in education and training,
  • in the publishing and library sector,
  • in cultural management.

German Studies in Detail

Structure of the study programme

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)

  • German language and literature studies
  • linguistic levels of description and the foundations of literary studies

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Theories and methods of linguistics
  • History of language and literature
  • Text analysis   
  • Literary theory
  • German as a foreign language/second language


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 German Studies

Examinations regulations minor German Studies

Possible combinations

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.

Combination rule:

  • German Studies can be combined with all fields of study except Literary Studies.

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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • optional: Internship for Vocational Field

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • two school type-related school internships in the Bachelor's program

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

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

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree programmes in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject German at the following schools:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Special schools
  • Vocational schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with the minor subject German Studies.

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Studying to become a primary school teacher

Studying to become a secondary school teacher

  • Combination of German Studies with minor subject (relevant to the teaching profession)

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Studying to become a secondary school teacher

Studying to become a teacher for special needs pedagogy

  • Combination of the major Special Needs Pedagogy with the minor German Studies

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Studying to become a teacher for special needs pedagogy

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

  • German Studies as a general subject

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

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

Language requirements

Language requirements during studies

Until the end of the studies:

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.
  • Mastery of two modern foreign languages at level B1 or one modern foreign language at level B1 and the Latinum (main course only)

Language Centre

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

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)

Without admission limitation (without NC)

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

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Discovery Days

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

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

When combining German 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 German Studies with an admissions-restricted field of study (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.

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+++ Please note: Due to a changeover of the student administration to a new database system, the existing online services in the applicant administration cannot be used from Monday, 3 June at midnight until Monday, 10 June at midnight at the latest. It will also not be possible to process applications in student administration during this time. We ask for your understanding. +++

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Student advice and counselling

Student advice and counselling Bachelor Germanistik
(Faculty of Philosophy)
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Office hours
Tuesdays 13-15 (during the lecture period) and by arrangement
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