GERMAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

The study of the German language and German culture, history and society.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

At the Bachelor's degree programme in German you will come to study the German language in depth. You will study the structure of sentences, words’ meanings, rules of pronunciation and grammar, and you will learn about the historical, geographical and cultural contexts of the language.

Studying on the German programme

At the degree programme in German, teaching is a combination of lectures, presentations and discussions in smaller groups. You will spend a lot of time with your study group, in which you will prepare for lectures and do assignments. 

Literature and history

At the Bachelor's degree programme in German, you will get an overview of German comparative literature, and study the context and importance of the individual works. You will study authors such as Kafka and Goethe, and you will work on thinkers such as Nietzsche and Kant. You will study German history in the years after 1800 with special focus on the societies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland after 1945.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in German, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes, for example the Master's degree programme in the German B-line, which is an advanced studies programme that builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. This degree programme can open doors to careers in teaching, communication, translation, cultural exchange or marketing. You can also choose the Master’s programme in intercultural studies.      

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22365

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • German beginner level A, or German advanced level B

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • German beginner level A, or German advanced level B

Programme structure

At the Bachelor's degree programme in German, you must choose between two principal fields of study following your first semester. You can choose the teaching track, where the courses very much focus on the German language, literature and culture.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in German, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in German. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in German language, literature and culture

You will have lectures together with your entire year group, in which the teacher reviews assigned texts. In addition, you will also have teaching in smaller groups, where the academic syllabus is discussed. You will also be part of a study group together with four or five of your fellow students. You will do presentations and complete various exercises together.

Below is an example of a timetable for the first semester of the BA programme in German. As can be seen in the timetable, the Bachelor's degree programme in German is a full-time degree programme, where you will spend many hours preparing for the individual lessons.

Monday
8:00 - 12:00 Study group work
13:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Tuesday
10:00 - 13:00 Lecture: History
13:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Wednesday
8:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: Linguistics and Phonetics
11:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: Analytical and Rhetorical Treatment of Texts

Thursday
08:00 - 12:00 Preparation time
12:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: Translation and Practical Grammar 1
14:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Friday
08:00 - 10:00 Preparation time
10:00 - 13:00 Lecture: Studium Generale

Social life on the German programme

Studying German is about more than verbs and Goethe. You also have the opportunity to actively take part in the pleasant study environment at your degree programme. You can take part in:

Esperanto
As a German student, you share the same Friday bar as students from the other language programmes at Aarhus University. The Friday bar is called Esperanto and it is open every Friday, giving you plenty of opportunity to meet students from different subjects and year groups. 

Tandem
You can join the tandem programme in order to improve your German and at the same time help a student from Germany improving his or her Danish. At the tandem programme you can find language partners and speak alternately Danish or German.

Stammtisch
At the Stammtisch can you experience relevant lectures, watch movies or play a board game along with fellow German students, while improving your German at the same time.

Studying abroad

As a student of German, taking a semester in Germany to train your language skills and get to know the German culture even better is an obvious choice. You can choose to do this either as an exchange student at a university, or as an intern in a company. Aarhus University has partnerships with the universities in Berlin, Munich, Mannheim and Leipzig. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

As a graduate of the BA programme in German, your career opportunities depend on what supplementary subjects you take as well as what Master’s degree programme you choose later on.

With a Bachelor’s degree in German, you get extensive knowledge of the German language's structure, grammar and pronunciation. You will gain an insight into the history, culture and societies in German-speaking areas, and you will acquire knowledge of German literature. If you choose the business track, you will get further competences within intercultural communication.

Many graduates of German end up working in teaching, either as an upper secondary school teacher or at an institution of higher education. If you wish to study on the business track, you can end up working as a communications officer, a translator or with marketing, where you can work with exports to the German market.

Supplementary subject

As part of the third year of the BA degree programme in German, you must choose a supplementary subject. You can choose from a wide range of subjects, such as:

  • Supplementary subject in Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Supplementary subject in History
  • Supplementary subject in Social Science 

Master’s degree programmes

The vast majority of graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in German choose to go on and do a Master’s degree. Some MA programmes may require a specific supplementary subject. Some of the options are:

  • The Master’s degree programme in German - Track B, where you theoretically and methodologically build on the foundation of your BA programme.
  • The Master's degree programme in Intercultural studies.
  • The Master's degree programme in rhetoric, where you acquire fundamental communication skills – both written and orally.