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 B.A. 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: 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)
    Academic Calendar

    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

  • Program overview

    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.

  • 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 in small groups. Academic advisors, program managers, and teachers are happy to answer your questions on 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

    Students of CELLS should

    • have a good level of proficiency in English (at least B2) and a very good level of proficiency in German (at least C1 or better),
    • want to learn more about the British and American English languages and cultures,
    • be interested in social and political occurrences in the English-speaking world,
    • read frequently (in English and German),
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • enjoy writing academic texts (in English and German),
    • like giving presentations (in English and German),
    • be interested in all types of media.
  • 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, 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.

  • Further study

  • Application and selection

    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:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grade achieved in English,
    • proof of a good level of proficiency in English (at least level B2), particularly 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 (e.g. 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.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    For more information, please see the website of the Admissions Office.



Learn more about the School of Humanities.


Dr. Marilene Burkard

Dr. Marilene Burkard

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 EO 282

Wed 10–12 a.m.
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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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University of Mannheim
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