Bachelor of Arts in Translation Studies
Information on applying online or enrolment
Information for international students
Translation Studies Q&A
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Winter semester only
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Languages English and French:
Languages Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish:
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German and the languages selected for study
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Applicants from Germany (Bildungsinländer): Information on applying/enroling online (course of studies always begins in the winter semester)
- Prospective students from Germany can directly enrol as of August 1 until September 30.
- Enrolment for prospective students from Germany must be done online.
International applicants: Information on application and enrolment
- For international applicants special regulations apply. You must submit your application directly to the International Relations Office: Online application
- Application deadline: May 15 until July 15
- After receipt of the admission notification, enrolment (matriculation) takes place.
- Enrolment for international students
The course of studies primarily involves the study of two foreign languages (your "B" and "C" languages) in relation to your mother tongue (your "A" language). Other subjects include linguistics and translation studies, translation as a component of (cross-)cultural studies and the translation of technical/special-purpose texts. Students must also complete a compulsory elective module in a supplementary subject as well as modules on cross-disciplinary skills and work-related competencies.
The Bachelor of Arts examination is designed to establish whether students have grasped the principles of Translation Studies as an academic discipline, appreciate the connections between the individual disciplines they have studied and have acquired the foundational and subject-specific knowledge as well as the methodological and practical skills required to embark successfully on a professional career in the translation field.
The standard course duration for the B.A. programme in Translation Studies is six semesters, including examinations. Instruction extends over all six semesters; however, in the final semester, classes are only held for two months. In order to graduate, students are required to earn 180 ECTS credit points (CP) from the classes on offer (compulsory and elective-compulsory), which corresponds to 120 contact hours.
During the course of studies, students are required to enrol for a work placement of at least 6 weeks in a country where their B language is the mother tongue. Upon request, the Examinations Board may rule periods spent abroad as (partly) equivalent to having completed a work placement programme. Otherwise, the Internship Office will assist you in finding an adequate work placement.
During their course of studies, students of the Spanish department can choose to take part in the Bachelor Plus Programme in Spanish Translation Studies. This programme is designed for students of Spanish as a B or C language with above-average qualifications who would like to strengthen their international profile and extend their Bachelor's degree programme to four years by integrating a year abroad in Spain (further information).
Translation Studies Q&A
Detailed answers to frequently asked questions about the Translation Studies programme are provided in our guidelines. Should you have any further questions, please contact the academic advisor(s) of the respective department.
Further information about the programme (including the current examination regulations and module catalogue) can be found in the section Im Studium.