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Modern Languages, Cultures and Business Studies (BA)

(English, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese and/or Czech). The main language of instruction of this course of study is German. All language subjects are also taught in the respective language; almost all English courses are taught in English.



iwichtig | byBen Kahl/JLUAs of summer semester 2020, no news students will be enrolled.
An attractive new study programme with a similar profile is already in preparation. You can find more information here soon!


The aim of this programme is to make students competent in the use, philology and culture of their chosen languages as well as to give them a practical and professionally relevant understanding of the countries' cultural and business milieux, which is achieved by a compulsory semester abroad and work placements during their studies.

The emphasis is placed on equipping students with applicable knowledge of linguistics and literature as well as cultural and business studies, with particular attention to more recent language. In linguistics, this means an increased focus on text linguistics, conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics. In literature, centre stage is taken by 19th- and 20th-century texts, less recent eras largely being left to the purely philological programmes of study. Language training also has considerable weighting, a large proportion of it concentrating on business language and designed with an eye on the practical demands of professional life.


Subject-specific prerequisites

Please note: In this course of study different prerequisites are required for the different combinable subjects. For the languages English, French, and Spanish - no matter whether they are chosen as major or minor subjects - students must provide proof of  the required language skills before the start of the programme (upon matriculation at the latest). Please read the information on the proof of necessary language skills and contact for further questions.

Number of enrolled students

468 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 21 August 2007.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BA


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Subject combinations

This programme of study consists of one major subject, one first minor subject and one second minor subject.


Possible major subjects:

  • English Language, Literatures and Cultures
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Possible first minor subjects:

  • Czech
  • English Language, Literatures and Cultures
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Slavic Languages and Cultures: Polish Studies/Polish
  • Slavic Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies/Russian
  • Slavic Languages and Cultures: South Slavonic Studies/Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
  • Slavic Languages and Cultures: Ukranian Studies/Ukrainian

Possible second minor subjects:

  • Business Administration
  • Economics

This programme of studies imparts basic knowledge and essential  research results of the selected foreign language subjects and business studies. All subjects are intended to train students in scientific analysis, in professional expression and communication and in team work. The modularised BA examination is intended to determine whether the candidates have gained the knowledge and qualifications necessary to enter their chosen profession, in terms both of language and of business or economics, and are independently capable of applying knowledge and methods from both those fields and profitably bringing them together in professional life.

The third year includes a semester abroad, in which students become closely acquainted with a culture relevant to their foreign-language main subject and their minor subjects in the local sociocultural context and are expected thereby to develop their intercultural and foreign language skills.


International dimension

Students can arrange their semester abroad internally, through the procedures of individual departments at JLU, or make their own applications. In each case, students are to have a preparatory and advisory discussion with a study advisor in their second year. During their semester abroad, students are to gain a total of 16 to 20 credit points, relevant to their main language subject, their second language subject and/or their second minor subject. Where reasonable, the courses taken at the host university are recognised as equivalent to components of thematically similar modules in their major, first and/or second minor subjects. The BA thesis can be written in a language other than German, subject to the examiners' agreement and suitable marking being possible.

Each student's examination results are collated in a table (in English and German) showing the module titles, the dates of examinations taken, the grades, the total grade (ECTS grade) and the title of the student's BA thesis.

Students are considered to have completed the degree programme successfully once they have successfully completed all the compulsory modules in their chosen major subject, first minor subject and second minor subject.


BA Thesis

Almost half of the study time in the sixth semester is allotted to writing a thesis. In the BA thesis, students are expected to show that they are capable of independent academic working within a limited time.

The thesis is marked by two examiners.


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...


Please note: In this course of study different prerequisites are required for the different combinable subjects. For the languages English, French, and Spanish - no matter whether they are chosen as major or minor subjects - students must provide proof of  the required language skills before the start of the programme (upon matriculation at the latest). Please read the information on the proof of necessary language skills and contact for further questions.

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited.
The application for the winter semester 2020/21 must be received by the Registrar's Office of the University of Giessen by September 30, 2020. Application portal

Please note that deadline extensions can be decided for degree programmes with no intake limitation. These are published in the application portal.

Different rules may apply to international applicants. More...

Please note:
This year, other application and enrolment deadlines may apply.
Please refer to this page for information on the deadlines.


Application period

Please note that the application period for the Bachelor's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).

Career Options

Career Options

Programmes of further study at JLU

JLU offers an MA in


Career options

The individual specialisation undertaken by students of this degree programme is applicable in a broad range of public and private institutions. While they firstly gain competence in languages, literatures and cultures which can be brought to bear in fields ranging from the cultural sector to academia and from journalism to publishing, they also gather direct experience of applying the contents of their studies in the practical context of their projects and work placements, which prepares them to do so professionally in such areas as foreign trade, sales, international project management, public relations and marketing. At the same time, the BA in Modern Languages, Cultures and Business Studies lays the foundations for the Master's programme, which further hones the skills learned in the BA and opens up more career opportunities.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

Bachelor's Degree Programmes of Faculty 05
  • Language, Literature, Culturepossible major subjects:
    • English Language, Literatures & Cultures
    • French Language, Cultures and Literatures
    • German Studies / Literature
    • Germani Studies / Linguistics
    • Spanisch Language, Cultures and Literatures
    • Russian Language, Cultures and Literatures
    • Polisth Language, Cultures and Literatures
    • Czech Language, Cultures and Liteatures
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Subject Advisors
Subject Advisors

Department of English

Contact person in the Departement of English
Philosophikum I, building B, Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10, 35394 Gießen

Department of Romance Languages

Contact person in the Department of Romance Languages
Philosphikum II, building G, Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21, 35394 Gießen

Department of Slavic Languages

Contact person in the Department of Slavic Languages
Philosophikum I, building D, Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10, 35394 Gießen

Business Administration and Economics

Contact person in the Department of Business Administration and Economics (VWL IV)
Licher Straße 62
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 22242/-43

Central Study Advisor
Central Student Services

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