Bachelor-Studium Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Certificate programme

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Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
minor subject

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

Career Opportunities

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 bachelor's degree course 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)

  • Fundamentals of English Linguistics
  • Fundamentals of English and American Literature
  • General Language Practice and Cultural Studies

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • deepen and apply knowledge of the English language, literature and culture

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Study abroad

Study abroad

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.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • berufsfeldorientierende interdisziplinäre Praktikum
  • optional: berufsorientierende Praktikum

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 program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

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

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Special Needs Pedagogy
  • 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

Beginning of Studies:

  • Before beginning their studies, all students (major or minor subject) need to take the Oxford Placement Test (OPT) during the introductory days. Without a test result, students cannot attend any classes! Only English native speakers are exempt. In the OPT, students need to reach 66 points. If the result is lower, the test can be re-taken in January.

End of First Year:

  • Before entering the Q phase, students need to prove their language proficiency at B2 level. The B2 examination counts as the module grade for all language practice classes of the O phase. Without the B2-test the continuation of the BA course is not possible!

BA Degree:

  • By the end of the BA course, students need to prove their language proficiency at C1 level. The C1 examination counts as the module grade for all language practice classes of the Q phase. Without the C1-test graduation is not possible!
  • in another modern foreign language at language level B1 (main course only)

All language proficiency tests are carried out by the languages centre. The recognition of external certificates (IELTS, CAE, TOEFL) can be requested.

Proficiency Levels Explained

No admission limitation (without nc)

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

Open Day & Discovery Days

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Open Day

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 program: Open Day

Discovery Days

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 program: Discovery Days

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Enrolment in a certificate programme with a minor in English and American Studies is possible from 1 May to 15 September.

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