Germany remains central to the European economy, guaranteeing high demand for advanced fluency in the German language and familiarity with the diverse nature of the culture, history, politics and lifestyle of the German-speaking world.
Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world, and is an official language in nine countries across four continents. The rise of the Brazilian and Angolan economies, and the Olympic Games in Brazil, mean Portuguese speakers are increasingly in demand.
You will divide your third year between a German-speaking and a Portuguese-speaking country. You can either study at one of our partner universities in Germany, Austria, Portugal and Brazil, or do a work placement.
Bristol’s Department of German has an impressive reputation for teaching and research. You will follow a curriculum which introduces you to many aspects of German studies.
As well as following a structured language course, you will study literature, history, thought, politics, linguistics and culture. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options that allow you to pursue your own interests.
All German degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a German-speaking country on a work or study placement during the third year.
Bristol’s German Department has a close community with an active student society and a range of extra-curricular social and cultural events, including regular dramatic performances.
Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Bristol students of German have access to a state-of-the-art multi-media centre.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
The German courses at Bristol will suit you if you have an enquiring mind, a love of language and a passion for exploring other countries and societies. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers’ history, literature, experience and outlooks opens horizons and challenges preconceptions.
As well as mastering the language, you will develop your skills of investigation and analysis which will be useful in a range of graduate employment opportunities.
The year abroad is an exciting opportunity to experience the challenges and the satisfaction of living in a different language and culture.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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