French Literature and Cultural Contacts / Lettres modernes (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.) / Master Recherche

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Additional application via the Dijonbüro


Winter semester: until March 31 at the Dijonbüro and April 1 - September 1 at the Student Office
(International applicants: Please contact the International Admission Office first)

Summer semester: until September 30 at the Dijonbüro and October 1 - March 1 at the Student Office
(International applicants: please contact the International Admission Office first)

Required Bachelor's degree:

French / Lettres modernes (B.A.)

French (B.A.)




Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject matter

The integrated master’s program French Literature and Cultural Contacts / Lettres modernes of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Université de Bourgogne, France, provides students with the opportunity to intensively study French literature and cultural studies with a special focus on cultural contacts. Particular attention is paid to contacts with other European (especially Romance and Germanic) cultures and cultures outside of Europe (francophone literature and its interperiphere relations as well as contacts with hispanophone and lusophone cultural areas). The first year of study emphasizes the methodical expertise and aims at extending and deepening the students’ knowledge of their major subject French with a special focus on literature. The students are also obliged to participate in a certain number of courses in the field of linguistics and cultural studies. The second year of study at the Université de Bourgogne allows students to explore current Romance research developments and serves as the basis for a doctoral program after the master’s degree,

For students of French, whose native language is not French, the year abroad is a perfect opportunity to develop their language proficiency (also regarding the academic language) and to learn more about the French culture. For French native speakers, the program is an excellent opportunity to examine their own culture from a new perspective and to extend their field of study, including new insights from the fields of linguistics and cultural studies as well as cultural mediation. During their stay in Germany, they will get to know the approach of German Romance studies (including Francophone and Latin American studies which have a strong presence in Mainz) and, as a result, discover a new and intercultural perspective on the French language and literature. Thus, the subjects prove to be complementary, both from a methodical and content-related point of view.

Master entrance requirements

You can find information about the Master entrance requirements on the correpsonding German website:
Französische Literaturwissenschaft und Kulturkontakte / Lettres modernes (M.A.)


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).