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French Philology B.A.


Combined Bachelor of Arts

Program structure

Combinatorial degree programs: These programs combine either a bachelor's subject with a second major subject, or a bachelor's subject with two minor subjects.
You can choose (almost) all the subjects offered by the three philosophical faculties. In addition, second majors and minors can be chosen in business administration, economics, business information systems (only as a second major), and it may be possible to apply for a second major or minor in further subjects.

Subject are put together in the following combinations:

  • either: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 1 second major
  •  or: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 2 minor subjects

List of subjects involved

Special features



The program imparts basic competencies in French literature, culture and linguistics as well as in-depth communicative competencies in the French language. It enables students to deal with transformation processes of linguistic, cultural and literary phenomena in the French-speaking cultural area as well as to partake in guided scientific work.
Focus on French Linguistics and/or French Literary Studies and/or French Cultural Studies (on two of three sub-subjects), depending on the student's choice.
In the course of their studies, students acquire expert language skills in French.
In the bachelor's subject, various elective modules complement the course content and enable students to set their own personal focus.
Please note: Most courses are taught in German.

Professional prospects / competencies

Professional profile: cultural management, library and publishing, journalism/media, museums, adult education as well as other extracurricular forms of foreign language teaching, public relations, tourism, work in internationally operating companies and international institutions.
Competencies: in-depth knowledge of the French cultural area, written and oral communication skills, intercultural competencies

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

We recommend all students develop specializations aiding their future careers by arranging suitable internships.

Disciplines involved

For French Philology as a major, two basic language practice modules must be completed in the first two years. Two out of three must be chosen from the subject areas of literary studies, linguistics, and cultural studies for the basic academic modules. In addition, individual credits (LP) from the third, non-chosen academic sub-subject should be obtained.

As a minor subject, one basic module in linguistic practice and one basic module in the subject sciences must be completed in the basic studies; additional credit points must be earned through freely chosen courses.

In the third year, the first major subject is continued with a language practice module and a subject-specific advanced module; the emphasis is set via elective credits.

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 6 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

180 ECTS credits overall;
comprising 90 ECTS credits in the bachelor's subject, 60 ECTS credits in the second subject and 30 ECTS credits in each minor subject

Language of instruction

German, French

Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in the culture, language, literature and media of the country; willingness to read

Restricted admittance

No, this program is does not have restricted admission based on grades.

Legal requirements for admission

Sound knowledge of French at level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
A placement test is offered. Information on this can be found under the heading Für Studierende / Studienanfänger/innen on the homepage of the Institute of Romance Studies.

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted.

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

Basic knowledge of French at the level of at least 5 years of schooling or CEFR B2 is strongly recommended. Information on this can be found under the heading Für Studierende / Studienanfänger/innen on the homepage of the Institute of Romance Studies.
French language skills at the end of the program correspond to CEFR C 2.1

Information on German language certificates for international applicants

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty

Degree Program Coordination of the Institute of Romance Studies
Dr. Christine Lessle
Philosophy/Theology building, room PT 3.3.29
Phone +49941 943-3608
E-Mail christine.lessle@ur.de


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