B.A. European Studies Major

B.A. European Studies Major

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Quick facts
European Studies Major
Degree awarded
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits
8 semesters; 240 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 eight-semester 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. This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.

If you opt for the eight-semester European Studies Major programme, which provides for two semesters of study abroad, you are eligible for financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for places at certain partner universities.


  • An integrated year of foreign study in another European country
  • A compulsory three-month internship abroad
  • This is a four-year bachelor's programme amounting to 240 ECTS credits
  • Actively shape your own profile by choosing two focus areas to specialise in
  • Gain work experience in a compulsory internship
  • Specialised foreign language training: nine languages to choose from, with a focus on cultural studies or business/economics
  • The programme is taught in German and English and another foreign language, depending on your chosen focus region/cultural area

Career prospects

As a graduate of one of the two programme variants, 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 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. in the public and private sectors. To name but a few examples, you could work for the public authorities, supranational organisations, commercial enterprises, e.g. in the tourism or advertising industries, 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 a compulsory stay abroad. You will complete a three-month internship abroad and a two-semester course of study at a foreign university, where you have the opportunity to deepen your focus or acquire knowledge in previously unselected areas.

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

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 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.

Degree programme accredited by ACQUIN

Useful links

Examinations Office

Programme Co-ordinator

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Kuwi.netzwerk – the student and alumni network for the degree programme

Learn German in Passau (perparatory German language courses)


Academic Advice Service



Office hours:
Wed 9 a.m. - 12 noon
or by appointment

Juridicum (Law Faculty) building
Rooms 017 (secretaries), 016, 015, 014 and 008
Innstrasse 39

Phone: +49 851 509 ext. 1154, 1153, 1152, 1151, 1150 or 1155
(Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and
Mon-Thurs 1 to 3 p.m.)

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