Portuguese (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor, Minor only)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates:Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung):
S/G- or S-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


Department of Romance 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

Spoken by around 240 million people, Portuguese is one of the six most widely spoken languages in the world. Portuguese is the second most popular romance language in the world, after Spanish. Its largest group of speakers is in Brazil (more than 190 million). During the course of the Portuguese expansion, the language spread across the world from the 15th century. The Portuguese-speaking world is dispersed across four continents: Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. The Portuguese migration in the 20th century also meant that Portuguese became an important language for the local migrant groups in several states of Western Europe (incl. France, Luxembourg) and North America.

The Portuguese course therefore focuses on the Portuguese language in relation to its historical development and as a current language system. It also addresses the literature of the Portuguese-speaking world and, as part of cultural studies, the cultural conditions in Portuguese-speaking countries in their relevant historical and social contexts.


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).