B.A. European Studies

B.A. European Studies

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Quick facts
ProgrammeEuropean Studies
Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester) and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman; includes modules taught in your chosen European language

About the programme

The B.A. European Studies is a cross-disciplinary degree programme which incorporates elements from the humanities and social science: as a student enrolled in the programme, you will choose two areas of focus: one European philology and one socio-historical subject. The philology segment allows you to immerse yourself in a European cultural area, becoming thoroughly acquainted with its language, literature and culture. In the socio-historical segment, your choice of focus determines which aspects you will study in greater detail: geography, history, philosophy or art history; or you may study the media landscape, social transformation processes or political developments in a European context. As part of the programme you will learn at least one European language. Attending modules on European integration and law, you will, moreover, become an expert on the workings of Europe's political and legal systems and its institutions. The programme involves a minimum three-month internship in another European country, allowing you to develop intercultural and transversal skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain key competencies in the areas of methodology, personal, social and communication skills – all of which will be of great benefit before and after you graduate. To round off your profile, you will learn the principles of one of the following three subjects: business studies, computer science or digital humanities.


  • Spend part of your studies abroad at another university, completing an internship or working as a pedagogical assistant at a foreign school
  • A hands-on programme thanks to workshops and a compulsory internship
  • Actively shape your profile by choosing your own focus areas
  • Subject-specific language programmes in eight languages with a special emphasis on economics/business or cultural studies
  • Also offered as European Studies Major with integrated one year's foreign study
  • Languages of instruction: German, English and, depending on your choice of cultural region, an additional European language

Career prospects

As a graduate of one of the two degree programmes, you are in high demand wherever in-depth knowledge of Europe, its societies, institutions and cultures is needed.

Depending on your chosen focus areas, how you organise your study and work abroad and the practical experiences you gather while at university, different career options may present themselves in the public and private sectors: You could, for instance, work for the public authorities, supranational organisations, commercial enterprises, e.g. in the tourism or advertising industries, cultural organisations or education providers, to name but a few.

As a first degree, this bachelor's degree qualifies you for career entry-level positions as well as master's-level study to broaden and consolidate your knowledge.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme is divided into four module groups:

A) European introductory modules
B) European focus modules
C) European language modules
D) Profile modules

A) The European introductory modules convey the foundations for understanding the political and legal systems of Germany and the European Union. You will also attend courses offered by the Centre for Careers and Competencies, which are designed to help you develop valuable transversal skills which will benefit your studies and give you an edge on the labour market.

B) The European focus modules convey in-depth knowledge of your chosen European cultural region as well as in one of the subjects below, always studied in relation to Europe, its cultures and institutions: history, sociology, political science, geography, history of art, philosophy or cultural media research. You will write your dissertation on a topic derived from this module group.

C) For the European language modules, you will study up to two of the following languages: Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. You may additionally study other languages taught by the Language Centre; however, the credits you earn in those will not be counted towards your degree.

D) The profile modules impart the basics of business studies, computer science or digital humanities to boost your employability in the relevant sectors.

For more information on the individual modules, please refer to the module catalogue (German).

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.