Bachelor's Program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media

I really like how the program of study involves so many options: I can learn a variety of new languages and am not restricted when choosing seminars. But the main highlight of the program for me is that I can study abroad for a year.

Sophie Wintrich, graduate of the bachelor's program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media / Credit: Sophie Wintrich

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  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 8 semesters (=4 years)

    ECTS credits: 240

    Language of instruction: French, Italian, Spanish, German

    Language requirements: Proficiency equivalent to B1 level in at least one of the two Romance languages studies (French, Italian, or Spanish) is highly recommended. The Department of Romance Languages offers preparatory language courses during your studies.
    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.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: € 204,30 (further information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    Through the bachelor's program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media, students become proficient in two Romance languages. They can choose from French, Spanish and Italian. They also attend beginners courses in a third Romance language such as Catalan or Portuguese.

    The degree program includes an integrated integrated year of study abroad. Courses in cultural and regional studies enable students to develop their intercultural knowledge.

    In the advanced stage of the program, students can choose to specialize in either Literary Studies or Linguistics. They can also choose between broadening their specialized knowledge by attending a research module, or developing skills for a later career by completing a practical module.

  • Why study Romance Languages, Literatures and Media at the University of Mannheim?

    The program combines specialized knowledge of linguistics, literary, cultural, regional and media studies for at least two regions where Romance languages are spoken, with language proficiency and intercultural competencies. It prepares you as much as possible for an international career.

    The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Mannheim has an excellent reputation and achieves top positions in the CHE university ranking. Our students study three Romance languages and cultures, with focuses placed on modern Linguistics and Literary Studies.

    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

    Studying the B.A. program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media is the ideal preparation for an international career. Graduates can, for example, work in cultural marketing and management, or in tourism. Other potential employers include international organizations and the Federal Foreign Office. You could also work in journalism, public relations, or marketing.

    Graduates who do outstandingly well in the bachelor’s program can pursue a doctoral program straight away.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Romance Studies should

    • be interested in Italian, French and Spanish languages and literature,
    • want to learn about the cultures and media of Romance countries,
    • read frequently,
    • be very proficient in German and have good English language skills,
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • be able to think and work independently, and in a structured and efficient manner,
    • enjoy writing academic texts,
    • be prepared for intensive language learning and self-study.
  • 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
    Students are required to spend one year studying at a higher education institution abroad (fifth and sixth semester). This year abroad is usually completed in the third year of the program. The Department of Romance Languages is partners with selected universities abroad, and ensures that the modules available there are compatible with the degree program in Mannheim. The School of Humanities and the International Office can help you to plan your year of study abroad.

    A ten-week internship in Germany or abroad is integrated into the program of study. The Careers Advice Service can help you to find an internship, create your application documents, and advise you on the recognition of internships.

  • 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

    The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in Intercultural German Studies (M.A.)  

    Master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era (M.A.)  

    Master’s program in Language and Communication (M.A.)  

    With an excellent grade, you can also begin a doctoral program at the University of Mannheim straight after graduating from the bachelor’s program.

  • Application and selection

    The course is not restricted in admission. An application is still required.

    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

    Since the bachelor's program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media is not restricted in admission, there are currently no selection statutes.


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




Andrea Chagas López

Andrea Chagas López

Academic Staff Member
University of Mannheim
Department of Romance Languages
L 15, 1–6 – Room A 108
68161 Mannheim
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