Faculty of Modern LanguagesPortuguese/Romance Studies – Bachelor 25%

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Romance studies considers Romance languages, literature and cultures. Degree programmes in Portuguese consider these in relation to Portuguese-speaking areas of Brazil.  

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and Portuguese
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Portuguese 25% encompasses the following four areas: 

Literary studies

  • Portuguese literary studies considers literary texts from Portugal, Brasil and other Portuguese-speaking countries, from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Topics include: 
  • various aspects and developments in literary history, literary genres and poetics 
  • various approaches taken within literary theory and media theory 
  • the interaction between literature and other cultural phenomena, both in the past and in the present day 


Topics dealt with in Portuguese linguistics include the following: 

  • linguistic theories and methods 
  • the transition from Latin to a Romance language and the development of Portuguese 
  • the history and global spread of the Portuguese language 
  • analysis of the Portuguese language system   
  • (vocabulary, morphology/word formation, grammar, phonetics/phonology) 
  • language variation and varieties of Portuguese 
  • Portuguese language contact 
  • the history, development and description of Portuguese-based creole languages (Creolistics) 
  • contemporary Portuguese in the globalised world 

Cultural studies

Cultural studies is interdisciplinary. Topics such as the following are addressed with a primary focus on Brazil: 

  • the constitution of Brazil, the country’s development and evolution 
  • current societal structures and their impact on cultural development 
  • the role of popular culture and its impact on society 
  • critical analysis of sociopolitical phenomena in relation to Portuguese-speaking countries 
  • observation and analysis of society and current political, cultural and epochal realities using media such as film, music and literature. 

Language practice

The following areas are among those addressed as part of Portuguese language practice: 

  • development of basic skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) 
  • use of the language as a means of communication in various situations 
  • further development of grammar skills 
  • text comprehension and analysis of diverse communication situations, genres and texts of differing difficulty 

Course Structure

A description of the period of study can be found in the module handbook for the degree programme.