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Modern Languages and Language Teaching (BA)

with the the following subjects: English, Romance Languages. 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.


Number of enrolled students

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


since 21 August 2007.
Important note

iwichtig | byBen Kahl/JLUAs of the winter semester 2019 / 2020 no new applications for admission will be accepted!


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.



The degree programme aims to do the following:

  • transmit the theoretical fundaments for the teaching of foreign languages in all areas of post-school adult and vocational education;
  • transmit the theoretical fundaments in the area of development of materials and software for foreign language education and further training;
  • and teach the foreign languages as work languages for both current and future professional purposes.

From the start of the BA programme, the aim is to integrate the acquisition of in-depth knowledge of the linguistics, the cultures and the literatures of at least two foreign languages, in addition to methods of teaching them, as well as a high degree of competence in the target languages. In this process, the necessary linguistic ability and knowledge of the subject to be taught is systematically linked to the acquisition of skills in and knowledge of foreign-language teaching. In this way, the principle of multi-linguality is reflected in the structure of the programme, and it is guaranteed that the foreign-language teaching skills are always linked to relevant areas of linguistic competence and literary and cultural knowledge. The BA programme contains an obligatory period of work experience teaching foreign languages and an obligatory period of time spent abroad. Since the BA dissertation must be on the subject of teaching foreign languages, the principle of theoretically informed practice is of central importance.

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

Composition of degree programme

The Bachelor's degree programme comprises

  • a major from Philology 1 (English, French, or Spanish),
  • a minor from Philology 2 (English, French, Spanish or Portuguese) and
  • a second minor which focuses on teaching the language chosen as a major subject (Teacahing English as a Foreign Language or Teaching a Romance Language).

The programme transmits fundamental knowledge and significant recent research results in English and Romance studies as well as the teaching of them. The programme facilitates the students' familiarisation with the language, literatures and cultures of the various countries in which English, French, Portuguese and/or Spanish are spoken.

The students must spend a semester abroad and complete a period of teaching experience. In the major subject, students must complete a total of 9 modules including a dissertation module. Each module is worth 10 CP. For the minor, students must complete 4 foundation modules worth 10 CP each. As far as the teaching modules are concerned, students must take 4 at 10 CPs each, of which one must be taken during the semester abroad and one must be a period of work experience, including the preparation and retrospective analysis seminars. Furthermore, 10 CP have to be gained in the field of "extradisciplinary skills".


International dimension

The Bachelor's dissertation can be written in German, English or French, subject to suitable provisions being available for its evaluation. The work experience can be done abroad or after the semester abroad. Vocational placements abroad which correspond to the aims and subject matter mentioned above are encouraged and recognised on the basis of evidence provided.


Bachelor's dissertation

Almost half of the 6th semester is dedicated to the writing of the dissertation. The dissertation is intended to allow the student the opportunity to prove that he/she is capable of producing independent academic work within a limited period of time. The dissertation is graded 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

Options for further study at JLU

Master's degree in Modern Languages and Language Teaching


Career options

The guiding principle behind this degree programme is preparing students for all areas of teaching foreign languages. This vocational link is guaranteed by the fact that the foreign-language teaching modules have been variously developed to be focused on practical application, as well as by the programme's elements of practical preparation in the profession.

JLU has long-standing links to relevant post-school language-teaching institutions, both public and private, so students are not left to their own devices in this area. The same is true for the mentoring of foreign-language teaching experience, where we have an established tradition of well-instructed and mentored preparation, observation and retrospective analysis. The period of professional work experience entails at least 4 seminars of preparation, 5 weeks of work experience and 4 seminars of retrospective analysis.

Any business or institution, both public or private, which carries out foreign-language teaching is a suitable location for work experience. The following institutions and businesses are normally recognised as suitable:

  • public institutions for adult education
  • private language schools
  • companies which offer internally run language courses
  • businesses and institutions which teach foreign languages

The fields of activity in question must be either teaching English, French or Spanish or practising a related profession. It is possible to gain work experience abroad. Work experience gained at a school is generally speaking not recognised. Formal recognition of the period of work experience is granted by the placements board or by its chair. This recognition certifies that the period of work experience was successfully carried out and contains its final grade. The chair bases his/her judgement on the documents provided. With periods of vocational training, the grades awarded by the host business or institution are used.

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

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

Central Study Advisor
Central Student Services

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