Faculty of Modern LanguagesFrench/Transcultural Studies. Literature and language contact within the francophone area (Heidelberg und Montpellier)– Master

Degree programmes in Romance studies consider Romance languages, literature and cultures. The study of French focusses more particularly, on languages, literature and cultures in the French-speaking world. 

Facts & Formalities

Master of Arts, Double Degree
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionFrench, German and English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes
International degree programYes

Course Content

The degree programme entails analysis of the literary, linguistic and cultural phenomena which have arisen as a result of contact across territorial, ethnic, political and religious boundaries within the francophone linguistic and cultural area. 

The degree course therefore focuses on variants of French language and culture, as well as literary traditions. The degree programme takes an integral perspective to consider the entirety of the world’s francophone territories; from France to francophone parts of Africa, to Québec. During the course of study, an emphasis is placed on literary, cultural and linguistic expressions of francophone culture and transcultural studies which have arisen as a result of transcultural contact phenomena within the francophone area. 

In order to embark on the Master’s degree programme, students must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in a philological or cultural subject. During the degree programme, students will strengthen their French language proficiency and will gain language skills in an additional Romance language.

Course Structure

During the first three semesters of the degree programme, students develop their knowledge and skills in relation to French language, francophone literature and cultural studies.   From the third academic semester, which is spent abroad at a partner university, students are able to individually weight their studies in these three different areas. Alternatively, students may spend the third academic  semester completing a work placement which is relevant to the content of the degree programme, or which reflects elements of academia. 

Remarks and explanations (in particular regarding abbreviations) can be found in the module handbook. 

The Master’s degree programme in French/Transcultural studies can also be studied as a subsidiary subject accounting for 20 CP.

International variant

The Master’s degree programme in French/Transcultural Studies can also be studied as an international variant. The International Double Degree Variant is offered in cooperation with Paul Valéry University of Montpellier (UPVM, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III). The first year of study will typically be spent at the student’s home university, with the second year spent at the partner university. The following areas of specialisation can be selected at UPVM: „Francophonie lnterculturalité“ (“Francophone interculturality”, Master’s in Cultural Studies), „Sociolinguistique et politiques linguistiques éducatives“ (“Sociolinguistics and language education policies”, Master’s in Language Sciences) or „Analyse des discours médiatiques, institutionnels et politiques“ (“Analysis of media, institutional, and political discourses”, Master’s in Language Sciences). The double degree variant covers French and German perspectives on language and culture contact, as well as issues of transculturality in the francophone world.