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Bachelor's Program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies

I've chosen the University of Mannheim because it is international. What I love about my course of studies is the combination of linguistics, literature and cultural studies and the possibility to customize my studies in accordance with my interests. The individual support from our lecturers, the language practice courses and the module “Career Perspectives” are a perfect addition. For those who would like to look beyond a traditional English Studies or American Studies bachelor´s program, CELLS is the perfect choice!

Suat Yürür, student of the bachelor's program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (= 3 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 180

    Language of instruction: English and German

    Language requirements: You must be proficient in English (B2 level). To prove your level of proficiency, you can submit the grades you achieved in English classes taken during the final years of German upper secondary education, or take a language test.
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent qualification), you must submit proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: EUR 204.30 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

    Students of the bachelor's program in Currenct English Linguistics and Literary Studies learn about the English language and literature, and study the cultures and societies of Great Britain and the USA.

    By focusing on English and American Studies, students gain a particularly thorough insight into the subject and receive intensive language training. Almost all modules are taught in English.

    Over the course of the program, you can specialize in either Literary Studies or Linguistics. Modules in Literary Studies give you the opportunity to learn about the basic principles and theories of scientific literary analysis, and focus on the literature of the late 20th century and the 21st century. Classes on Linguistics teach students about language acquisition, language development, and multilingualism.

    The module Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives enables you to attend courses in other subjects which suit your focus. The module Career Perspectives teaches you practical skills that take account of the increasing digitalization of the workplace, such as how to create a website or how to produce podcasts.

  • Why study Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Mannheim?

    This modern, English-language bachelor's program covers much more than traditional programs in English and American Studies. It combines theoretical, specialized knowledge of British and American language, literature, culture, and media with well-founded language skills and key competencies relevant for the workplace. The program trains you to become an all-rounder and prepares you for an international career in the digital world of work.

    With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.

    Students at the School of Humanities value the ability to work interactively in small groups. The program managers are happy to answer questions about organizing your studies. Academic advisors and teachers will help you with questions about the program.

  • Career opportunities

    A bachelor's degree in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies qualifies you to work in communications. International companies and organizations, in particular, look for graduates with this qualification. You can work as an editor or a social media manager, or in public relations, advertising, or international customer relationship management.

    Your language skills also enable you to work in adult education, as a trainer of communication skills, for example. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic career in the fields of British or American Linguistics, Literary Studies, or Cultural Studies.

  • Required interests and skills

    • have very good level of proficiency in German and a good level of proficiency in English
    • be enthusiastic about English-speaking cultures and countries and an interest in their social and political developments
    • have an academic interest in methods and theories
    • enjoy reading, writing and discussing English and German texts
    • like to critically question and reflect on various topics
    • be interested in presenting content
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog (only available in German).

    Studying abroad
    The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 150 universities worldwide. Our team for international affairs will support you in planning a stay abroad. We recommend that students go abroad during the fourth or fifth subject-specific semester, but it is possible to make individual arrangements. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School.

    You do not have to complete a mandatory internship in the bachelor's program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies. Nevertheless, we recommend that students complete a voluntary internship during their studies. Through the practical module stipulated in the examination regulations, you can acquire key competencies that are relevant in the workplace. This module can also help you with your career options, finding internships, and starting work. You can also find support and contact persons for questions relating to internships and starting your career on the website of the School of Humanities.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • Further study

  • Application and selection

    At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies, we take the following criteria into account:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • relevant subject-specific grades,
    • proof of a good level of proficiency in English (at least level B2), if an average of at least 10 points was not achieved throughout the final years of German secondary school education,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities,
    • stays abroad.

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

    If the program of study is currently not selective, you will receive a study place if you fulfill all admission requirements and apply in due time and form.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semesters starts on 1 June and ends on 15 July.

Learn more about the School of Humanities


Kristin Nordhaus

Kristin Nordhaus

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room 282

Wed 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours – please make an appointment via
Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room 282

Wed 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours – please make an appointment via
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