General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment period winter semester
Place of study
Start of the program
Standard length of the program
Part-time studies possible
The program in French Studies deals with the language, literature and culture in all regions, situations, texts and traditions where French is used. In addition to France, the regional focus of the program is Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Quebec, the Caribbean and Francophone Africa. During your studies, you will acquire a wide range of skills in dealing with texts and media as well as the ability to assess public and private situations, to judge representations aesthetically and to work on them in oral and written communication in French. You will become experts for the francophone regions of the world.
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The program in detail
In the part of the program devoted to literary and cultural studies, you will become familiar with French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, but also with French-language literature from non-European cultures. In the linguistic part of the program, you will systematically deal with the structure and history of the French language. You can already choose your individual specializations from the second semester onwards. In addition, the examination regulations valid throughout Bavaria guarantee that students can take the State Examination, which is uniform throughout the entire federal state.
An essential component of the program is the deepening and broadening of your own French proficiency. You will choose from a wide range of practical language and cultural courses conducted by native speakers.
A further component of the teaching degree program are modules in subject didactics, in which questions of language acquisition and the teaching of language, literature and culture in school lessons are approached. These areas are also interesting for work outside of school contexts, especially with regard to the promotion of intercultural skills, as is required in adult education, in commercial enterprises or in social institutions.
At the KU, French can be studied for teaching at secondary schools (Gymnasium and Realschule) and is completed with the State Examination. Possible second subjects for teaching at Gymnasium are German, English, History, Latin or Spanish and for teaching at Realschule, French can be combined with German, English or Geography. If desired, students of teaching degree programs can also acquire a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree as part of the ‘LehramtPlus’ model.
Semester 1 to 2
In the first semester, students attend introductory courses in the three sub-disciplines – French Literature or Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Language Practice – which impart basic methodological skills and basic knowledge. In the following semesters, these basic knowledge and skills will be further deepened and expanded in courses that build on them. The first didactic course will be attended in the second semester.
Semester 3 to 4
In the following semesters, students attend courses that build on their previous knowledge; in the teaching degree courses, their knowledge is deepened in all areas. In this way, all students in the second year of study acquire the ability to carry out independent scientific work and thus already learn the basics for finding topics and writing the Bachelor's thesis in the third year of study.
Semester 5 to 6
In the fifth semester, students have the possibility to study abroad in France. The KU has a wide network of partner universities to choose from.
Semester 7 to 9
The last phase of the teaching degree program serves to prepare students for the French State Examination on the one hand, for which they can attend preparatory exam colloquia in the individual sections. In addition, the extensive freedom to choose between practical language, literature or linguistic courses allows for additional in-depth study and placing of individual focus areas. After the ninth semester, students take the State Examination. If desired, they can then make use of the Eichstätt model ‘LehramtPlus’ to write a Master's thesis, with which students can also obtain the scientifically and internationally relevant Master's degree, which qualifies them for an extracurricular field of work as well as for an academic career.
At the KU, the subject can be combined with the subjects German or English for teaching at secondary schools (LA RS or LA GY); in LA RS also with Geography; in LA GY also with History, Latin or Spanish.
The module plans for the individual teacher training programs and subject combinations can be accessed on myway.ku.de .
For optimal acquisition and consolidation of foreign language skills, the KU Language Center has set up a multimedia center for students. Regular guest lectures, guided visits to cultural events and organized field trips to French-speaking regions offer additional opportunities to broaden your linguistic and philological horizons while studying.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
A semester abroad in France can ideally be completed in the fifth semester. You will gain rich cultural and interpersonal experiences that can be very valuable for your future life and professional career.
The KU Eichstätt has a vast network of partner universities worldwide. In addition, you can spend a self-organized semester abroad at other universities in French-speaking countries.
During the teacher training program, there is also the possibility of spending a practical semester abroad at a school within the framework of the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), a German educational exchange service organization. You can find more information on the PAD website (https://www.kmk-pad.org/).
We maintain Erasmus partnerships with the following universities in France:
Further information on the application process and organization of an ERASMUS semester can be found on the website of the International Office of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
The teaching degree program also includes practical elements that are accompanied by didactic courses at the University. Some of these can be completed abroad; the International Internship Service provides information on suitable programs and scholarships.
Career possibilities and professional fields
In the course of your studies, you will acquire a differentiated knowledge of the French language and literature as well as practical skills in spoken and written French. In addition, you will develop a critical and structured way of thinking in dealing with texts as well as the ability to dialog with French-speaking cultural spheres in the globalized world.
After completing your program in French Studies you will have access to a broad range of professional fields. In addition to the teaching profession or an academic career, your acquired knowledge will also qualify you for work in the media and journalism. Possible fields of activity include political organizations, press and public relations, cultural institutions, the library and publishing industry, language teaching and adult education.
Katharina Kargl, State Examination in Romance Studies / English Studies
"Mais Ou Et Donc OrNiCar ?
You thought you knew French, but now you have problems with this sentence? Don't worry, this is just a mnemonic for the correct punctuation of the above mentioned words, which you will be familiarized with right at the beginning of your French studies in the practical language course.
However, Romance Studies not only includes the correct command of the language, which you will be able to deepen authentically guided by native French speakers in Eichstätt, but also allows you to study French literature from all over the world, to discover literary-cultural peculiarities and differences, and to get an insight into the origins of the French language and the development of vocabulary and grammar. In Romance Studies, this often happens in small-group seminars in which it is easy to get into contact with others and you do not get lost in the masses.
The latter can't happen to you in the small university town of Eichstätt anyway, because due to various student groups, university parties, a manageable number of cozy bars and restaurants and regular student parties, you will find numerous opportunities to end a day at university in a relaxed atmosphere.
What are you waiting for? "
What students say about the program
Selina Hilbig, teaching degree student for French / Spanish
"When I came to Eichstätt for the first time in the summer of 2016, I immediately fell in love with the Hofgarten, the park in front of the building where enrollment took place. When the weather is nice, the park with its fountains and shady places invites you to relax between lectures.
The great advantage of studying Romance Studies at the KU is the friendly and informal atmosphere. Courses are often held in small groups, which promises individual attention from the lecturers and makes it easier to make new contacts. In addition, the KU also offers numerous opportunities for those who are drawn from the Altmühltal region to the wide world for part of their studies. On the one hand, there are numerous partner universities on all continents where you can spend some time abroad; on the other hand, the lecturers offer regular field trips (e.g. Cuba, Barcelona, Perpignan, Corsica) for those who want to experience the language and culture on site without spending a whole semester abroad. I also find it a great enrichment that the lecturers in the practical language courses are native speakers, which greatly enhances progress in our language skills and also provides authentic insights into the society of the target country.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the ‘LehramtPlus’ program at the KU offers the unique opportunity to take the State Examination as well as an integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, which is clearly a double benefit for the chances of a successful career entry, especially in times of crisis in the civil service.
So if you are open-minded and want to learn (new) languages in an idyllic friendly and informal environment – then come to Eichstätt.”
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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