International Programmes 2019/2020

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

International applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester and 15 January for the following 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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Types of assessment

There are different types of assessments and proof of performance, e.g., written examinations, term papers, presentations, Bachelor's thesis, etc.

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 must pay a semester contribution. This payment (in Bayreuth: 107.81 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, 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 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 awarded via the International Office

Students (monthly payments: 300 EUR)
You can apply for the scholarships starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents next to your application:
Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV

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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

International applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester and 15 January for the following summer semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions.
For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth has 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 on searching for an apartment.

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.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme

University of Bayreuth

International, innovative, and interdisciplinary in research and teaching

The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,350 international students from 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2018 THE ranking “150 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

Welcome to our one-of-a-kind campus in Bavaria!
It is both the heart of our university and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived, ensuring that our university remains a beacon of innovation. Scientific exchange profits tremendously from the wide variety of disciplines our communicative campus brings together. That is probably why the University of Bayreuth has been able to celebrate so many awards and honours for its scholarly accomplishments.

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