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General Rhetoricfull time

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • 6 semesters

    Standard period of study (amount)

  • Tübingen


  • September 2023 (Germans and inhabitants)

    July 2023 (EU), July 2023 (Non-EU)
    Please enquire

Overview and admission

Study Type


Admission semester

Winter Semester only

Area of study
  • Communication Studies
  • Media Studies
  • General Linguistic Science

Public speaking, that is, strategic communication, is omnipresent in the media, business and politics. The Seminar for General Public Speaking trains experts in strategic communication and explores public speaking phenomena on a scientific level. By combining theoretical and practical training, a degree in rhetoric provides the opportunity to succeed in a variety of professional fields: whether for journalism or management consultancy, science or as a rhetoric teacher, rhetoric graduates are ideally prepared for everyday working life thanks to their versatile skills. The degree course of general public speaking at the University of Tübingen serves the theoretical as well as practical education of the students. The most important topics of the course include: History and Theory of Rhetoric: Students become familiar with the classical and modern systems of rhetoric in their various historical forms and develop the ability to analyse and interpret communicative problems using the tools of rhetoric -text analysis and text interpretation: Students analyse not only speeches and conversations, but also literary works, radio plays, films or television productions. In this way, they are enabled to understand and evaluate all linguistic expressions depending on their conditions of origin and their intended effects. Applied Rhetoric: In practical seminars, students learn to express themselves effectively and appropriately. Rhetorical skills are taught for a wide variety of media: free speech and the rhetoric of conversation are thus just as much a part of the programme as the writing of literary texts or the conception and realisation of radio reports and television films. For more information on course contents and course organisation, see our course flyer:

Admission modus

open admission

Admission requirements (Link)

Lecture period
  • 17.04.2023 - 29.07.2023
  • 16.10.2023 - 10.02.2024

Application deadlines

Winter semester (2023/2024)
  • Application deadline for Germans and inhabitants

    01.06.2023 - 30.09.2023

    Please note deviating deadlines for Master´s degree programmes! Lottery selection from 01.09.2022 up to and including 20.09.2022

  • Deadlines for International Students from the European Union

    01.06.2023 - 15.07.2023

    Please note deviating deadlines for Master´s degree programmes!

  • Deadlines for international students from countries that are not members of the European Union

    01.06.2023 - 15.07.2023

    Please note deviating deadlines for Master´s degree programmes!

  • Enrollment deadline for Germans and foreign students

    01.06.2023 - 30.09.2023

Tuition fee

All information about tuition fees for international students (EUR 1,500 per semester) and for a second degree course (EUR 650 per semester) can be found on our website.

Languages of instruction

Main language



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