At a glance

  • Field of study

    humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

    undergraduate
  • Degree

    Bachelor of Arts
  • Language of instruction

    German
  • Full/part-time

    part-time, full-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    Six semesters

  • ECTS credits

    180

  • NC

    In the last selection procedure, all applicants were awarded a place on the programme.

Requirements

general higher education entrance qualification, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification

  • Students whose native language is German: knowledge of two foreign languages at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or knowledge of one foreign language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and knowledge of Latin
  • Students whose native language is not German: knowledge of German at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and knowledge of one further foreign language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Students on the BA Plus programme: knowledge of Dutch at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (at the start of the period abroad); students whose native language is not German require knowledge of German at C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (when applying)

Contents

The content of the bachelor’s programme in German as a Foreign and Second Language covers the following areas:

  • Introduction to the subject DaF/DaZ
  • Lexicology of contemporary German language
  • Didactics/methodology of German as a foreign and second language
  • Phonetics/phonology/rhetoric
  • Cultural studies
  • Grammar
  • German as a second language
  • Media-based teaching and learning in foreign and second language teaching
  • Second language acquisition
  • Business German
  • Performance measurement
  • Teaching linguistic items in German as a foreign and second language

Students are also required to complete an internship preparing them for teaching practice and to write a bachelor’s thesis.

The bachelor’s programme (BA) consists of a core subject and an elective area or several elective areas and one key qualification area. It includes an internship, which must be completed abroad in the third or fourth semester. The Herder Institute is responsible for the preparation and follow-up of the internship. Students write their bachelor’s thesis alongside their studies during the third year.

Sixty ECTS credits are earned each academic year by passing module examinations. One credit corresponds to a student workload of approximately 30 hours of attendance, private study as well as preparation and completion of exams. The student’s total workload must not exceed 1800 hours per academic year, including the lecture-free period. In the case of part-time studies, the student’s workload is reduced proportionally.

The programme is structured as follows: the course content is taught in modules. Modules are a combination of self-contained courses of limited duration with a certain methodological or subject-specific orientation. Depending on their workload, modules are worth a certain number of credits. They are concluded with a module examination, on the basis of which credits are awarded. As a rule, a module comprises ten credits.

The core subject (CS) comprises 120 credits (60 for compulsory modules, 20 for compulsory elective modules, 30 for key qualification modules, 10 for the bachelor’s thesis).

The elective area (EA) comprises 60 credits. There are different options for selecting these modules:

  • Core subject and all six modules from a different subject (60 credits)
  • Core subjects and two elective subjects with three modules each (30 credits), total: 2 x 30 credits = 60 credits
  • Core subject and three modules from one subject (30 credits) and three further elective subjects with one module each (10 credits), total: 30 credits + 10 credits + 10 credits + 10 credits = 60 credits
  • Core subject and all six modules from different areas: 6 x 10 credits = 60 credits

The Herder Institute recommends the combination CS + 6 modules from one elective subject. With this combination, it can also be possible to take up an MA degree in the elective subject after completing the BA in German as a Foreign and Second Language. All other combinations merely qualify students to study German as a foreign language – and not their elective subjects – at master’s level. For planning reasons, we recommend that students take elective modules from the first semester onwards, i.e. one elective module per semester.

Students earn 30 credits by taking key qualification modules:

  • 10 credits for a mandatory internship supervised by the Herder Institute as an internal key qualification (module 04-004-1011),
  • 10 credits for a subject-related key qualification module within the Faculty, chosen by the student
  • 10 credits can be acquired elsewhere by completing a cross-faculty key qualification module

The internship module comprises a five-week internship and its preparation and follow-up. It should preferably be completed abroad.

Upon consultation with the module coordinator, a period abroad, preferably in the fourth semester, can and should also be used to complete certain modules there. Particularly suitable in this regard are modules from the field of linguistics, e.g. grammar or the advanced linguistics module, but also the module on foreign language acquisition research, which can be recognised at the Herder Institute based on agreements with universities at home and abroad.

About the modules:

There are four basic types of module:

1.    Compulsory modules: all students are required to take these.
2.    Compulsory elective modules: students can select modules from a thematically limited range.
3.    Elective modules: students are free to choose from Leipzig University’s range of modules offered in the elective area of the humanities and social sciences.
4.    Key qualification modules.

The programme is intended to prepare students for professional fields and to equip them with the necessary specialist knowledge, skills and methods in such a way that they are able to conduct scholarly work, think for themselves and act responsibly. This establishes the foundations for professional development opportunities and for the ability to take personal responsibility for continuing education.

In particular, students should be enabled to work as teachers of German as a foreign and second language, for example at language schools or adult education centres in Germany and abroad, or as linguistic and cultural mediators in domestic and foreign cultural work and cultural policy. Prerequisites for this include knowledge of the structure and use of the German language, German culture, interculturality, knowledge of foreign and second language acquisition processes as well as the didactics/methodology of German as a foreign language.

Application

Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): yes
Application period: 2 May–15 July
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester and 5th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 4th semester and 6th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Internationality

Only for the German as a Foreign and Second Language in a Dutch Context – Bachelor Plus programme:
Two semesters of study at foreign partner universities

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