International Programmes 2023/2024

Bachelor of Intercultural German Studies (Bachelor Interkulturelle Germanistik) Intercultural German Studies / Interkulturelle Germanistik

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Teaching language
  • German


Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Application for EU citizens
15 April to mid-October (winter semester)
15 October to mid-April (summer semester)

Application for non-EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (winter semester)
15 October to 15 January (summer semester)

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

The Bachelor's programme Intercultural German Studies at the University of Bayreuth offers practice-oriented training and gives students – including non-native speakers – a solid academic foundation in the German language and German culture, qualifying graduates to pursue a career in the field.

You will focus intensively on the foundations, theories, and methods of intercultural German studies, literature, and linguistics. You will gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, for example, by combining your core areas with an additional subject relevant to your professional or academic interests. Thanks to the University of Bayreuth's interdisciplinary character, you'll be able to choose from 18 different subject combinations such as African Languages, Literatures, and Art.

Course organisation

The Bachelor's programme starts with basic modules on Intercultural German Studies, Intercultural Literary Studies, and Intercultural Linguistics. The intermediate modules focus on researching languages and culture areas in Cultural Studies, Theories and Methods of Intercultural Literary Studies, and Intercultural Linguistics. In the advanced modules, you will be able to expand your knowledge and apply the knowledge you have gained. The programme also includes transferable skills modules (e.g., reading, writing and presenting) and complementary modules, which allow you to choose modules from a different minor or Bachelor's programme to broaden your horizons. In the elective module, you can do an internship, attend language modules, or choose further complementary modules. After the completion of these modules and your minor (Choose from one of 18 different minors!), the programme ends with your final examination (Bachelor's thesis and presentation).

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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

In Germany, students at all higher education institutions pay a semester contribution. This payment (University of Bayreuth: 142.85 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our Faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.

Costs of living

The cost of living in Germany, e.g. accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland, but they are rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families. The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Scholarships for international students: International students and doctoral researchers have the opportunity to apply to the International Office for a study grant. Limited funding from the State of Bavaria and the DAAD is available for this purpose. The application deadline for the winter semester is 31 August and for the summer semester 28 February. All grants can be awarded for up to two semesters.

Unfortunately, first-semester students cannot be funded, i.e. applications cannot be submitted until the second semester of study for funding starting in the third semester of study. Above all, academic achievements from the previous semester are decisive for the evaluation of the application.

Academic admission requirements

You are required to have an eligible higher education entrance qualification, and you must fulfil the language requirements.

If you are from China, Mongolia, or Vietnam, your application must also include an “APS” Certificate.

Language requirements

If you did not earn your school-leaving certificate in the German language, you will have to demonstrate a command of the language at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or by demonstrating that you wrote a final thesis in German in a German-taught degree programme at a higher education institution. If your command of German is not yet sufficient, you can submit this evidence up to the end of your first year of study.

Application deadline

Application for EU citizens
15 April to mid-October (winter semester)
15 October to mid-April (summer semester)

Application for non-EU citizens
15 April to 15 July (winter semester)
15 October to 15 January (summer semester)

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students to earn money while they study, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit the DAAD website.

The University of Bayreuth’s Career Services team provides a central interface between student and professional life. The team offers guidance and support to students of all subjects with regard to starting their careers.

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Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme

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