Literatures – Cultures– Languages (with specializations in individual philologies) – Bachelor of Arts


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first professional degree.

The major Literatures – Cultures– Languages combines specializations in individual philologies with theoretical and methodological content from general literature studies as well as transcultural perspectives that reach beyond the chosen specialization into neighbouring literary traditions and cultures. The specializations within the new major Literatures – Cultures – Languages replace the individual study programmes offered until the winter semester 2022/23.

You select and apply for one of the following majors:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)
  • German Literature
  • French Literature
  • Italian Literature
  • Latin Literature
  • Slavic Literatures
  • Spanish Studies and Ibero-American Studies

By studying texts and narratives of all kinds, including other media, you will explore different cultural areas and thus enrich your literature studies with knowledge from the cultural studies field. In addition, you will also acquire in-depth language skills as well as career and transfer-oriented skills.


Degree Bachelor of Arts
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 180
Obligatory minor subject no

Why study Literatures – Cultures– Languages (with specializations in individual philologies) in the University of Konstanz?

  • Orientation towards current basic research in literature and cultural studies
  • Interdisciplinary programme with practical orientation
  • Small groups and formats that promote active participation in class
  • Wide variety of interdisciplinary courses available through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Literature sector (e.g. publishing houses, literature houses, libraries and archives)
  • Media sector (e.g. newspapers, radio, television, online magazines) Press and public relations
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Cultural sector (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)

Further career prospects are available at interview series #dreamjob - starting your career, where our university alumni share their personal experiences with starting a career.

Graduate studies

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

In bachelor's programmes in the humanities, you choose a minor (40 credits) in addition to your major subject (120 credits). You will also complete courses from the area of transferable skills (20 credits) including an internship. The general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities is available on the corresponding website.

Module guides for specializations

In the module guides you will find the respective study structure of the chosen specializations.

Possible combinations of major and minor subject

In the BA Literatures – Cultures– Languages programme, you can combine your major and minor in any way as long as they are different. Your specializations must not be the same as the minor. We have compiled an overview of the general structure of the bachelor's programme Literatures – Cultures– Languages for you.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad


As part of your studies, you are required to complete an internship of at least eight weeks. In addition, you can get credit for further internships of longer duration. The university’s Career Service will support you in finding a suitable internship.

Study abroad

A semester or year abroad is highly recommended and may be credited toward your major as part of building your individual profile. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Passion for the respective language of specialization
  • Interest in the history and culture of the respective region(s) where the language is spoken

Language skills

Foreign language skills

If you specialize in a foreign language, you also have to document skills in another foreign language outside this specialization. If you specialize in German literature, you have to document skills in two foreign languages. You can document these skills either by at least 3 years of school language study with the minimum grade of "sufficient" in the last year, or by passing the language test at the Language Institute (SLI) of the University of Konstanz. You do not need to document your language skills when applying for admission, but only when registering for the final examination.

German language skills

International applicants need to submit documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other recognized language tests or recognized school certificates may be submitted. 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

The language of instruction in the bachelor’s programme is German, as well as the corresponding language of specialization.

Admission requirements

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 document having taken an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation along with your application documents.


Semester fee

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.

PocketGuide on applications

Our PocketGuide (in German) takes you through the entire process, from successful application to enrolment in your chosen bachelor's programme at the University of Konstanz.

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.09. (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.

Application documents

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 (*).