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Romance Studies (B.A.)

Proof of sufficient German language skills required for enrollment

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of studies

6 semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the study programme

The Bachelor's programme is made up of

  • a major subject in Romance studies (80 CP)
  • a minor subject in Romance studies (40 CP), as well as
  • a secondary minor subject (40 CP)
  • an internship/project or professional and interdisciplinary skills (AfK) (10 CP)
  • a thesis module (10 CP)

The programme provides qualifications for a wide range of professional fields in business, publishing, public sector employers, the media, etc.


Romance studies major (80 CP)

In the Romance Studies major, you will deal with literary and cultural studies and linguistics.
The following main subjects are offered:
  • Hispanic studies / Spanish
  • French studies / French
  • Portuguese studies / Portuguese


Minor subject in Romance Studies(40 CP)

The following Romance Studies minors are offered:

  • French studies / French
  • Hispanic studies / Spanish
  • Portuguese studies / Portuguese

 (The Romance Studies minor cannot be identical with the Romance studies major).


Secondary minor subject (40 CP) 

The following secondary minor subjects are offered:

  • Anglophone studies
  • Hispanic studies / Spanish
  • French studies / French
  • Portuguese studies / Portuguese
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Art history

(The secondary minor subject cannot be identical with the Romance Studies minor or the Romance Studies major.



In addition to the thematic focus on literature, culture and language, the programme is expanded by the subject of Intercultural Communication.

This subject is characterised by the following two main features:

  1. It is offered in a 'Romance' style, meaning that lecturers from different language and subject areas contribute to the organisation of the planned courses jointly and interdisciplinarily.
  2. The theory of Intercultural knowledge is reflected and at the same time put into practice in everyday university life by students with different language specialisations working together on content and building up skills.



The specialist modules are offered for one semester. This means that two courses are offered in parallel for one module. These complement and deepen each other thematically, thus enabling students to deal with new content and competences from a broad perspective. 
In order to encourage the continuous expansion of foreign language skills, the language practice modules will continue to be offered for two semesters, i.e. each semester. This enables a staged development of competence.
The degree programme in Romance Studies can be started at the language level A2. You will be supported in improving your language skills through special accompanying activities, such as language-learning advice or other offers from the Self-Learning Workshop for Romance Studies.


French, Spanish or Portuguese can be chosen as a Romance major or minor subject. As a secondary minor subject, you have the choice between other linguistic and interdisciplinary subjects. It is possible to complete practical language modules with a UNIcert® examination. This is a standardised, internationally recognised language certificate, which provides proof of foreign language skills acquired during studies and at work.

Practical courses

The study programme includes an internship that can be completed in Germany or abroad. This option promotes the acquisition of professional skills and prepares students for their later entry into the profession (publishing houses, diplomatic service, advertising, media such as television and film) in the best possible way. In addition, the internship serves to develop a personal profile.


At the same time, the Master's programme "Romance Studies" will start in winter semester 2020/21.



Commencement of studies

only in the winter semester

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or comparable qualification), Fachhochschule entrance qualification, master craftsman's examination, higher education entrance qualification for professionally qualified persons. More...
  • Proof of internship (pre-study internship) is not required.
  • Please note that applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification are also required to provide proof of German language skills. More...

Language requirements

For the main subjects Hispanic Studies/Spanish and French Studies/French, a proof of language proficiency must be submitted before the start of the programme, at the latest when enrolling. Please read the relevant information on the required language skills carefully and, if necessary, contact the Central Student Advisory Service .

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


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Study counseling

Study guidance


Romance Studies

Contact persons at the Institute for Romance Studies
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 G, 35394 Giessen

English Studies

Contact persons at the Institute for English Studies
Philosophikum I, Haus B, Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for Sociology
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 E, 35394 Giessen

Political Science

Contact persons at the Institute for Political Science
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 E, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for Philosophy
Rathenaustrasse 8, 35394 Giessen


Contact persons at the Institute for History
Philosophikum I C/E/G, 35394 Giessen

Art history

Contact persons at the Institute for Art history
Philosophikum I, Haus G, Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, 35394 Giessen
Central Study Advisory Service
Central Study Service 2

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