Information on course of study: Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme German Studies (Bachelor)

Information on course of study: Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme German Studies (Bachelor)

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Course of study name: Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme German Studies (Bachelor)
Duration: 6 Semester
Academic degree: Bachelor of Arts
Language: German
Type of admission: Application/enrolment possible in the winter semester


Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take German Studies
  • as a Major (90 ECTS) combined with a Minor
  • as a primary or secondary dual subject (60 ECTS) or
  • as a Minor (30 ECTS) combined with a Major
German Studies can be studied either in connection with a non-teaching career goal or as a professional teaching qualification. If you want to become a teacher, you must follow the combinations of subjects for each teaching position.

Orientation and goals

German Studies encompasses the study of the German language and literature, as well as teaching and learning the German language as a mother tongue or a foreign language. It is comprised of the sub-disciplines literature studies, linguistics, didactics, German as a foreign language, and medieval studies (German language and literature in the middle ages and the early modern period).
German Studies is a very popular subject at the University of Oldenburg. Out of 16,000 students, 2,000 have opted for German Studies, of which the larger part intend to qualify as teachers.
The focus of research includes literary studies, especially literature from around 1800 (Hölderlin, Kleist, the reception of Faust), modern and post-modern literature, children's and youth literature from the enlightenment to the present, including children's media (picture books, film), as well as literary theory and issues relating to gender and cultural studies. Research focuses in Medieval Studies include historical witnesses to the Minnesingers, the medieval literary tradition in East Prussia, the correspondence of the Brothers Grimm and the history of German Studies as a discipline. Research focuses in linguistics include linguistic systems, and at this time especially graphemics, or the German writing system, as well as morphology. Another research focus concerns variations of intonation in High German, Low German, Dutch, and Saterland Frisian. The linguistics section has also integrated the topic 'Low German and Saterland Frisian' into its teaching and research ( ). The German as a Foreign Language component focuses on the relationship between state monolingualism and societal multilingualism, as well as, in cooperation with Intercultural Education, problems with intercultural communication in teaching German.

Language skills

Students who intend to acquire a Bachelor of German Studies must provide evidence of their skills in one foreign language.
Students who intend to acquire a Master of Education for teaching in the Gymnasium, Master of Arts German Studies or Master of Arts German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language must provide evidence of their skills in two foreign languages by the time of registration for the Master's thesis.

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and areas of work

Graduates of German Studies seek careers in such fields as adult education and in public as well as private schools. The media sector (press, radio, film, and television) as well as publishing offer wide variety of opportunities.
Students may go on to further study at the master's level, graduating with either a Master of Education or a Master of Arts. The former qualifies students for school teaching, whereas the latter puts a greater emphasis on the technical aspects of the subject and serves as the basis for a career outside of teaching.

Your contact persons

  • Gehring, Wolfgang
  • Academic Examinations Office
  • Contact form for students
Fragen zum Studiengang/-fach
  • Teuber, Oliver
  • Student representatives of German Studies
  • Student representatives of Teaching Degree Programme
Questions about studying
  • Beckmann, Antje
  • Griese, Nicole
  • Study and Career Counselling Service

Documents: Regulations, forms, information

Documents Anerkennung
  • Professionalisierungsbereich Blanko (Anlage) docx
  • Antrag auf Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen pdf
Examinations and examiners Forms
  • Anzeige einer Prüfungsunfähigkeit pdf
  • Anmeldung der Abschlussarbeit pdf
  • Antrag auf Notenverbesserung docx
  • Modulbescheinigung Bachelor docx
  • Vorziehen von Mastermodulen pdf
  • Antrag auf Zulassung von Fachmodulen im Professionalisierungsbereich (Austauschmodule) docx
  • Erklärung Abschlussdokumente Bachelor pdf

Postgraduate / combined course of studies

Masterfach-MEd (Kombi)
  • Master of Education Programme (Vocational and Business Education) German (Master of Education)
  • Master of Education Programme (Special Needs Education) German (Master of Education)
Kombinationsfach (2FB)
  • Geography (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Music (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Art and Media (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economic Education (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Chemistry (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Sport Science (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Philosophy / Values and Norms (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Material Culture: Textiles (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Politics-Economics (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Physics (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme History (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Protestant Theology and Religious Education (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Special Needs Education (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Slavic Studies (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Gender Studies (Bachelor)
  • Franco-Romance Studies (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Technology (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Computing Science (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme English Studies (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Education (Bachelor)
  • Hispanic Studies (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Elementary Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme General Education (Bachelor)
  • Dual-subject bachelor's programme Low German (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor)
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor)
Masterfach-MEd (Kern)
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) German (Master of Education)
  • Master of Education Programme (Hauptschule and Realschule) German (Master of Education)
  • Master of Education Programme (Grundschule) German (Master of Education)
Master subject
  • Master's Programme German Studies (Master)
  • Master's Programme German as a Foreign Language (Master)