B.A. European Studies

B.A. European Studies

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Quick facts
European Studies
Degree awarded
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits
6 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts in
April (summer semester) and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman; includes modules taught in your chosen languages

About the programme

The Bachelor of Arts in European Studies Major programme comprises various disciplines dealing with Europe, its societies and cultures. With a structure that is both multi- and interdisciplinary and combines knowledge, theories and methods from the fields of cultural studies and social science, the programme equips you with the necessary prerequisites to investigate European phenomena and problems at various levels and from various perspectives using sound scientific principles. This is to prepare you for life and work in a Europe of complex, multifaceted interconnections. This programme is the foundation for the postgraduate M.A. European Studies programme, which is also offered at the University of Passau. Both degree programmes have been accredited and carry the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.


  • Compulsory stay abroad as part of the programme
  • Shape your academic profile by choosing your own specialisation modules (focus areas)
  • Specialised foreign language training: nine languages to choose from, with a focus on cultural studies or business/economics
  • This programme is also offered as B.A. European Studies Major, a four-year bachelor's programme featuring an integrated full-year study-abroad component
  • Languages of instruction: German and English as well as other foreign languages depending on the chosen focus region/cultural area
  • Gain work experience in a compulsory internship

Career prospects

Those graduating from the B.A. European Studies or B.A. European Studies Major programme are needed wherever knowledge of Europe or individual cultural areas and their relations to one another, their societies, institutions and cultures is required. Depending on your chosen focus areas, how you organise your stay abroad and the practical experiences you gather whilst at university, the career options that will present themselves will be in a wide range of different areas. The public sector, national and supranational institutions and organisations are potential employers, as are foundations and companies, for instance in the tourism and advertising sectors, as well as cultural organisations or education providers.

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 programme is divided into four module areas:

A) European introductory modules
B) European cultural studies
C) European social sciences
D) European languages and internship

A) The European introductory modules convey the foundation for understanding the political and legal systems of Germany and the European Union. In addition, you will gain an overview of topics related to European culture, philosophy and intercultural communication.

B) You will choose one of the following cultural areas: English Studies, French Romance Studies, Spanish Studies or Slavic Studies. Within your chosen cultural area you will acquire knowledge in cultural studies, linguistics and literature.

C) You will study one of the following subjects from the perspective of Europe and its societies and institutions: history, sociology, political science, geography, art history or philosophy.

Module groups B and C form the two specialisations of your degree programme, whereby you can determine the weighting yourself. You will write your bachelor's dissertation on a European issue in one of your chosen focus areas.

D) You will study two of the following foreign languages, taking into account any previous knowledge: Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or German as a foreign language (for non-native speakers).

This module group also includes the compulsory stay abroad. You have three options to choose from:

  • a three-month internship abroad or
  • a two-month internship abroad plus university studies abroad or
  • six months working as a teaching assistant at a foreign school.

If you opt for one-year study at a university abroad in conjunction with a three-month internship, you have the option of completing your degree as B.A. European Studies Major.

For further details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German) and the module catalogue.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level C1 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-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.

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.

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.