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!
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (= 3 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 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)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The University of Mannheim has launched its new bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies (CELLS) in fall 2017. Students of the program learn about 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 offered by other schools which suit your subject focus. The module Career Perspectives outlines possible career options. It 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.
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.
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.
You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog (only available in German).
The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 150 universities worldwide, and, in collaboration with the International Office, can help you plan a period of study 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 strongly recommend that students complete an internship during their studies. Through the practical module stipulated in the examination regulations, you can acquire key competencies that are relevant in the workplace. It can also help you with your career options, finding internships, and starting work. The Careers Advice Service (only available in German) can help you to find an internship.
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, we take the following criteria into account in our selection process:
German language proficiency
If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
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.