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English and American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Freiburg, Germany
 This well-established English and American Studies B.A. program at the University of Freiburg provides graduates with the essentials of a liberal arts education, with in-depth knowledge of English language, literature and culture. 
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There are countless advantages associated with studying English and American Studies at the University of Freiburg. Besides the excellent quality of teaching, there is a large selection of courses designed to develop and foster English language proficiency. The relatively small number of students enrolled makes for a close-knit community, and both the faculty and administration provide one-on-one student advising.

In addition to intercultural skills and near-native competence in spoken and written English, this program offers a better understanding of the structure and use of the English language. Students gain a deep awareness of theoretical linguistics (syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics) as well as applied linguistics (EFL teaching, first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics). 

The English and American Studies B.A. program at the University of Freiburg also provides students with an overview of North American, British and postcolonial literature, including its historical and cultural background. The ability to read and analyze both literary and non-literary texts is enhanced by familiarity with theoretical approaches to British/American literary and cultural studies (including literary history, cultural theory, narratology and intermedial analysis).The overarching objective of this bachelor’s program is to create expertise in linguistic, literary and cultural developments specific to the English-speaking world.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities for English majors are many and varied.

When entering the following sectors of the job market today, graduates with a bachelor degree in English often face strong competition from other applicants who have obtained an equivalent qualification at another institute of higher education. Thus, if you are, for example, interested in becoming a simultaneous translator upon completion of your studies, we strongly recommend that you to explore degree programmes specifically designed for students intending to pursue a career as a translator or interpreter. The University of Heidelberg offers such a degree programme.

Those who choose to attend additional classes in other academic fields during their studies are at a distinct advantage. Students can further improve their chances in today’s ultracompetitive job market by completing internships, becoming actively involved in community projects, studying abroad or offering freelance services in a related field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Foundations of Literary Studies
  • Foundations of Cultural Studies
  • Advanced Linguistics
  • Advanced Literary Studies
  • Advanced Cultural Studies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The application packet is to include:

  •  a general university entrance exam certificate [the HZB certificate], or an internationally recognized equivalent,
  •  a written and signed statement declaring whether the applicant is able to participate in the assessment process at an earlier date.
 The University of Freiburg may require accepted applicants to present original documents upon registration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Freiburg

  • 790 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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