B.A. European Studies Major

B.A. European Studies Major

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Quick facts
ProgrammeEuropean Studies Major
Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits8 semesters; 240 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman; includes modules taught
your chosen European language

About the programme

The B.A. European Studies Major 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 courses 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 study abroad and 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. You will also be able to study these in greater depth during your integrated year abroad, the aspect of the programme that sets it apart from other, similar degree programmes.

Student exchanges with some partner universities receive special funding under certain support programmes from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which in turn are financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Therefore, depending on where you choose to complete the study-abroad component of your programme, you may be eligible for a grant.


  • 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 education profile by choosing two focus areas
  • A hands-on programme thanks to workshops and a compulsory internship
  • Subject-specific language programmes in eight languages with a special emphasis on economics/business or cultural studies
  • 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 both the public and private sectors: You could 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 one of the subjects 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.