German Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates:Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung):
S/G- or G-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


German Studies (M.A.)

German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language (M.A.)


Department of German Studies


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

At Mainz University, German Studies is taught as a complete subject; this means that the field comprises both linguistics and literary studies.

The study of literature deals with both older and more modern periods of literature in German. Early literary history studies the literature of the Middle Ages, and is thus also concerned with literature prior to the invention of printing; modern literary history is concerned with literature from the 16th century to the present day. Literary history interprets the meaning and the effects of novels, plays and poetry, as well as the interaction with other media. It examines the development of cultural traditions and the origins of cultural changes.

Linguistics analyzes the German language and its speech systems in the past and present. Historical linguistics is interested in the development of the German language and its dialects from the early Middle Ages to modern times. Descriptive linguistics examines the German language of the present with respect to its structure (grammar), the meaning of its expressions (semantics), its application (pragmatics), and its acquisition.


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).