International Programmes 2018/2019

World Literature (BSc) World Literature (BSc)

University of Göttingen • Göttingen

Bachelor of Arts in World Literature
Course location
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Courses are held in German (60%) and English (40%).

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter semester
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

A central group of courses provides you with basic skills in analysing and evaluating literature, on literary theory and on the literary scene, on mutual influences and on the literary business. Here, we also acquaint you with the functions literature can have, especially with the function it has through its literary form and genre. You learn how to discern and to evaluate the belonging of texts to distinct epochs and how epochs take shape, respectively are made. For part of this central programme, we use forms of e-learning.

Around these central courses on general skills, we introduce you to a wide range of specific fields of literature. One course module introduces you to the literary qualities of holy religious texts and their influence on fictional literature worldwide. Another course module presents key texts of European antiquity and how subsequent epochs build on these role models. Another course module discusses the specific poetics and functions of medieval literature. 

Other than many programmes in comparative literature, we introduce you to a good portion of non-European literatures: Turkish, Iranian, Chinese, Arabian, and Ancient Oriental. Through the module "Literatures of the World", you will have a choice of Japanese, Korean, Hindi/Urdu, and more. These will be collected in our e-learning database that has been especially produced for the programme. Additionally, extra-European literatures in European languages from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia will be included in the programme. Learning about migration and post-colonialism in literature is compulsory in this section.

However, Europe is not absent but present at its best. You will learn about the Italian and English renaissance, Russian realism, the Golden Age of Spanish literature, French modernist poetry, Scandinavian modern drama, and of course, German classics, not to mention the fruits of contemporary literature. You will also learn about the sources of their literary power, which made them so influential in Europe and beyond.

We do not impose on you what we consider to be "masterpieces" of world literature. Instead, we develop your ability to have an eye for literary quality. Such an eye is not innate, but it can be learned. It will be your deciding skill in the literary field and market.

A further group of courses improves your foreign language skills, especially in reading.

Within the programme, you can choose a major in a particular literature, which opens the way to proceeding to a congruent Master's programme. For example, when choosing the major "Anglophone Literatures", you will be able to proceed to the Master's programmes "American Studies" and "English Philology".

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

Not obligatory, but recommended within "Key Competences Programme"

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Video learning
Description of e-learning elements

E-learning elements are used in the following:

1. Literary Methods, Genres and Epoques

2. Literatures of the World

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Enrolment fees are approx. 340 EUR per semester. The fees include a prepaid semester ticket which entitles students to use regional trains free of charge within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as city buses. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens.
Costs of living
The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books reach approx. 800 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

University entrance qualification


Language requirements

Either German B2 + English C1 or English B2 + German C1, plus one more extra language at the B1 level (e.g., Latin, French, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi...)

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.


In Göttingen, the International Office, in collaboration with the "Studentenwerk", helps students to find accommodation. Many international students live in student residence halls. The residence halls have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.


Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling

University of Göttingen

University of Göttingen – Committed to Excellence

Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research-led university of high international standing. The university is renowned for its diverse range of academic disciplines, its research-oriented teaching, and its outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have studied, taught, or pursued their research. Currently, 31,650 students are enrolled at the University of Göttingen, 13 percent of whom are international students.

Variety of study programmes
The University of Göttingen offers a vast variety of academic programmes for undergraduate and graduate studies. Internationally renowned, expert researchers teach in more than 40 academic disciplines. About 30 full-time undergraduate and graduate programmes are taught entirely in English. Two international fast-track MSc/PhD programmes prepare students for unique careers in scientific research. Additionally, a growing number of double degree programmes with important international universities are available.

Guidance, supervision, and study conditions
Students are given comprehensive advisory and supervisory support in all phases of their studies. Since advice and guidance are crucially important for the successful outcome of a university career, the university is constantly improving and extending its performance in this area. You will also greatly benefit from the so-called "Studienqualitätsmittel", financial support from the federal state of Lower Saxony, which is paid to finance the best study conditions you can imagine.

Excellent library
Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) maintains a top position among German academic libraries, holding eight million books, journals and other media and offering a broad range of services for study and research. The library plays a leading role in a large number of national and international projects involving the optimisation of literature and information provision as well as the establishment and development of digital research and information infrastructures.

Alumni worldwide
As a member of the Alumni Network, you will continue to be part of the international "Göttingen University Family" even after you have finished your studies. The network currently unites more than 30,000 alumni from all over the world.




University Location

Göttingen – a good place to live and study
Göttingen, with a population of approx. 116,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses and the University of Göttingen with its 31,650 students create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere.
The university departments and buildings are mainly located on two campuses and are within easy walking or cycling distance from each other. Accommodation for 5,000 students and excellent canteens run by the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk") allow for a high quality of life at a low cost.
The local economy includes many innovative technology enterprises in the sectors of measurement and control engineering, biotechnology, optics, medical technology, and information technology. Some of these companies are spin-offs from university research projects. Many of them offer internships and student jobs.
The university cooperates closely with non-university research institutes in Göttingen. Together, they form the Göttingen Campus – a network of cutting-edge research institutes. This network includes five Max Planck Institutes and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences as well as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center. The Göttingen Campus has created an open environment in which students at all levels (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD) as well as experienced researchers can develop fresh and innovative ideas. Numerous scientists and scholars from the non-university research institutes lecture at the university, and joint professorial appointments create bridges between the university and campus partners. This structure supports the reputation of the University of Göttingen as one of the most successful research-oriented universities in Germany.
Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and Europe, Göttingen has excellent travel connections: Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt are only a two-hour train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take a break; Göttingen itself offers many options for recreational activities. Göttingen boasts three theatres and a symphony orchestra. Many cinemas, cafés, and pubs provide numerous opportunities to meet like-minded people and to enjoy yourself. Alternatively, you can play an active role in the student union, which sponsors many cultural and recreational events. Last but not least, the city and the university offer a variety of activities for sports enthusiasts.