Starting in the winter semester 2023/24, the major in French Literature will be replaced by the new Bachelor's programme in Literatures - Cultures - Languages (LKS). In this new study programme, students choose one of seven possible specializations at the application process. French Literature is one possible specialization in the new BA Literatures - Cultures - Languages.
If you are studying a different bachelor's programme in the humanities, you can also select this study programme as a minor subject.
This bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis of literature written in French (literature of France and former colonies). You will be introduced to various methodologies from literary theory, literary history as well as cultural studies and cultural theory and thus learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.
The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the French language. Your courses may include, in addition to the core areas phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, courses on language acquisition, on the French varieties etc. In the practical courses you will improve your own French language skills. You will also attend courses on regional and cultural studies, oral and written language skills, listening comprehension, translation and grammar.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.9.|
|Obligatory minor subject||no|
|⌀ Number of students||20|
Why study French Literature (Focus area in the BA Literatures - Cultures - Languages) in the University of Konstanz?
- Based on current research in literature and cultural sciences
- Interdisciplinary and practical orientation
- Courses with active participation in small groups
- A broad range of interdisciplinary courses through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies.
Prospects and opportunities
Romance language scholars can find openings in numerous fields.
Typical work areas include:
- World of literature (e.g. with publishers, houses of literature, libraries, documentation centres)
- Media (e.g. newspapers, radio, television, online magazines)
- Press and public relationsMarketing and advertising
- Cultural field (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)
Your minor subject choice can sharpen your profile and qualify you for a specific area of work. Additional competencies in economics increase your job prospects e.g. in the area of cultural management, while you might need political and historical knowledge in journalism.
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When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.
You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Internship and study abroad
An internship is not mandatory, but recommended. Your department or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.
A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.
What interests and skills should I have?
- You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
- Passion for the French language
- You are interested in history and culture in the French language area
Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in a modern foreign language. You do not have to document any French language skills in your application. However, basic French language skills are highly recommended to start the study programme. If you do have no, or only little, French language skills, you can complete a preliminary language course ("Propädeutikum") at our Language Institute (SLI) of up to two semesters.
German language skills
International applicants additionally 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
German and French
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
Documentation Orientation Test: When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.
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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
PocketManual "Application" (in German)
Enrolling at the University of Konstanz – Our PocketManual "Application" (in German) 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.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.9. (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.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
- any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).