International Programmes 2023/2024

Franco-German Bachelor of Arts / Licence in German and French Language, Literature and Culture Mainz-Dijon Bachelor of Arts in German/ French Language, Literature & Culture

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz • Mainz

Franco-German Bachelor of Arts / Licence in German and French Philology
In cooperation with

Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France)

Teaching language
  • German
  • French

Courses are held in German and French. The language of the Bachelor's thesis depends on the main subject (German or French philology).

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

15 July for the following winter semester
15 January for the following summer semester

The recognition of the applicant's foreign certificate must be made in advance (calculate at least six weeks for this).

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

Graduates of the integrated study programme Mainz-Dijon in German and French Studies are granted two national degrees in the respective disciplines. The programme is based on a fixed binational course of study that focusses on literary studies, linguistics, and cultural studies. Linguistic mediation in the form of French-German translation is also a common study content. In the Franco-German Module, all participants obtain intercultural competencies and reflect on the different education systems. The Franco-German Module includes an intensive language preparation course, which helps students to successfully integrate into the partner system.
Once students arrive at the partner university, they may benefit from diverse mobility grants for the duration of their stay abroad (ERASMUS, Franco-German university network). Furthermore, they are exempt from tuition fees at the host university.
The programme also includes an obligatory internship in the partner country that allows students to deepen their intercultural experiences as well as take the first steps towards the creation of an international professional network.

Course organisation

During their first year, all students study at their home university (either in Mainz or in Dijon) and spend their second year at the partner university. While the first year serves as an orientation and a preparation phase, the second year is highly focussed on encountering the partner education system. Students have to perform an internship in the partner country in order to take a look at the foreign labour market. The third year gives major importance to the integration of the student groups starting in both countries. All students spend the fifth semester in Dijon and the sixth semester in Mainz, where each student completes a Bachelor's thesis. Under certain circumstances and upon consultation with the coordinating offices, students may participate in an additional exchange with the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) during the fifth semester.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Participants starting at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, spend the third, fourth, and fifth semesters at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon.
Participants starting at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, spend the third, fourth, and sixth semesters at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

Both participant groups can potentially spend the fifth semester at Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (Canada).

Integrated internships

An internship of at least three or four weeks has to be completed during the break after the fourth and the fifth semester. This internship has to be done in the partner country. The cultural institutions of the partner regions, Maison Rhénanie-Palatinat in Dijon and Haus Burgund in Mainz, provide assistance with finding an internship.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • Franco-German University (FGU)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Approx. 337.39 EUR per semester

Costs of living

In Mainz and Dijon, about 800 EUR per month are required for living expenses. For more information, see:

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

High school diploma (Abitur, Baccalauréat, or equivalent)
Applicants with a German diploma should apply and start their studies in Mainz. Applicants with a diploma from France or another francophone country should apply and start their studies in Dijon.

Applicants without a German or French diploma must have their diploma recognised before submitting their application. For further information, see: or

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their German and French skills.
German: DSH-1 or equivalent (for example, Goethe-Zertifikat B2)
French: B2 level (DELF certificate)

Depending on the university where the students start their studies, the language level of the partner language can be improved during the first year of studies.

Application deadline

15 July for the following winter semester
15 January for the following summer semester

The recognition of the applicant's foreign certificate must be made in advance (calculate at least six weeks for this).

Submit application to

Online application:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

During the tightly organised and demanding binational studies, part-time employment is usually not possible.


Accommodation is available through the Studierendenwerk Mainz or on the private market. The monthly rent for a single room in a student residence starts at 300 EUR. More information is available here.

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
General services and support for international students and doctoral candidates

International Office:

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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