Studying at the University of Mannheim is a dream come true for me - I get to study languages in a beautiful palace and, because of the university’s international orientation and the high number of students from around the world, I can practice speaking these languages on campus. If I had to choose where to study again, I would definitely pick Mannheim. The teachers are enthusiastic and prepare seminars on a variety of topics. This makes the program diverse and interesting.
I decided to study in Mannheim because the city is close to my hometown, and because the university has an excellent reputation, especially in Romance Studies. The thing I like most about my program is the combination of language instruction and seminars on literary studies and linguistics. My language skills and my knowledge of the subject have significantly improved after just four semesters. I really recommend the University of Mannheim!
Degree: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 180
(70 in Spanish, 70 in a second subject, 19 in Education Sciences, 15 in Teaching Methodology, 6 in the bachelor's thesis)
Language of instruction: German and Spanish
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level, proficiency in Spanish, basic knowledge of a second Romance language and Latin (you can prove your proficiency at a later date, except your proficiency in German).
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €174.90 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Students of the bachelor’s program in Teacher Education: Spanish study Spanish, a second equally-weighted subject, Education Sciences and Teaching Methodology.
Modules in Spanish teach you about Spanish literature, culture and linguistics.
During modules on Literary Studies, you will use literary theories to analyze Spanish literature and media, focusing on the topics, language, author, period, and genre. The reading ranges from Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Jorge Luis Borges, to Carmen Boullosa.
Courses on culture focus on regional, cultural, and historical characteristics of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. Linguistics modules teach you about the development and functions of language, and linguistic features and structures. The program also concentrates on improving your level of language proficiency.
You address the practical, basic principles of foreign language lessons at school in modules on Teaching Methodology: Which methods can I use to teach pupils grammar and vocabulary? Which media can I use?
In interdisciplinary classes, you explore the challenges that come with teaching multicultural and multilingual groups.
The University of Mannheim’s degree programs in Romance Studies (French, Spanish, and Italian) were among the top programs in the CHE university ranking. 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.
The Bachelor of Education program at the University of Mannheim prepares students for a teaching career right from the start and places a focus on teaching linguistically and culturally diverse groups of pupils.
Most students on the program want to become teachers after they graduate. But if you decide during your studies that teaching isn’t for you, you have the option of pursuing a master’s program in a different field. There are many career options outside of schools open to you.
A bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education gives you different career options.
The traditional option is to work at a school. If you want to become a teacher, you must also complete a Master of Education to be eligible for the preparatory service. Once completed, you can teach at a Gymnasium secondary school or a vocational school in Germany.
The University of Mannheim is well-connected internationally, and is partners with around 450 universities around the world. The International Office can help you to plan a semester of study abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the fifth semester of the program. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School. Credits that you obtain abroad are normally recognized by the University of Mannheim, which means that you do not have to extend the duration of your studies.
All students of bachelor's programs in Teacher Education in Baden-Württemberg complete their first school placement (Orientierungspraktikum) during the program. The placement lasts for three weeks, and gives students the chance to gain initial practical experience during their studies.
Students at the University of Mannheim attend a block seminar while completing their placement. Both the placement and the seminar usually take place during the semester break before the third semester begins (June/
Students can either do their placement at a Gymnasium secondary school or a vocational school. The Center for Teacher Education and Educational Innovation can answer your questions on the application process and the format of the placement.
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
Master’s program in Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies (M.A.) (If you chose Spanish and Economics or Business Administration as your two main subjects for the Bachelor of Education program.)
You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.
Career Counselling for Teachers
Applicants are required to complete the online Career Counselling for Teachers, which is only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed this test with their application.
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