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  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Degree Award: Bachelor of Arts
  • Language: German/English
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

English Studies (Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme)

Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take English Studies

  • as a Major (90 ECTS) combined with a Minor
  • as a primary or secondary dual subject (60 ECTS) or
  • as a Minor (30 ECTS) combined with a Major

English Studies can be studied either in connection with a non-teaching career goal or as a professional teaching qualification. If you want to become a teacher, you must follow the combinations of subjects for each teaching position.

Orientation and Goals

English Studies (like the earlier 'English Philology') at the University of Oldenburg is focused on the research and teaching of the English language, Anglophone literature and society and culture in various English-speaking countries, as well as teaching these subjects in schools and other institutions. More than half of the seminars and lectures are taught in English.
In the bachelor's programme, students learn the basic issues, methods and theories of English Studies. The goal of this programme is to help students gain linguistic and cultural competencies through the acquisition of technical and language skills that can be utilised or conveyed relevant professional situations.

Foreign Language Skills

Students who intend to acquire a Master of Education for teaching in the Hauptschule or Realschule, in the Gymnasium or for special needs education must provide evidence of their skills in another foreign language by the time they attend the final colloquium (Abschlusskolloquium) in the master's programme.
This can be documented for example through the higher education entrance qualification (allgemeine Hochschulreife).

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

English Language Proficiency see admission regulations.
You can also find information on this under Admission Requirements.

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. Applicants who need a preparatory German course before commencing their studies must present their knowledge of English with their application. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

After successfully completing six semesters, students are awarded a bachelor's degree, which is a suitable qualification for a number of career fields. However, students also have the opportunity to continue studying at the master's level; a master's degree is a prerequisite for embarking on a PhD programme, and it additionally opens up further career options.
Depending on a graduate's subject combination and academic degree, a number of career options present themselves. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) opens the door to a career in public schools. A master's degree in a single subject (M.A.) qualifies graduates to work in publishing, journalism (radio, TV, newspapers, public relations work in businesses and administrations), in institutions offering non-school or vocational training or further education, and libraries, as well as teaching and research.

If students are interested in a non-school-related goal, more information can be found at the professional field of Foreign Languages Philology (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Proof of a very good command of English:
  • At registration with school leaving certificate or diploma with an acceptable grade in English at a higher level (equivalent to the German Abitur with at least 11 points in English at a higher level) or
  • One of the following international tests:
    • CAE = C
    • CPE = C
    • IELTS Academic = 6.5
    • PTE Academic = 76 points
    • TOEFL ibT = 95, cbT = 240
    • TOEFL ITP = 587 (the test can be performed only at Sprachenzentrum of University of Oldenburg)
  • This requirement does not apply to native speakers of English.

Certificates or school leaving certificates may not be older than two years, and evidence of language skills must be provided at the time of enrolment.

Further Information

General questions: Coordinator for Academics and Teaching: nightugcole.griffhese@uni-he4coldenbuewrg.demawlw
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