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Faculty of Languages & Literature

What’s the outlook for opera in the 21st Century? How can we break down barriers to communication between foreign academics and German government agencies? Why do more than 50 million people in West Africa speak Hausa? How does the study of language and literature contribute to our understanding of different cultures? What is the relationship between modern media and our world’s diverse cultural landscape? 

Languages are keys with which to unlock other cultures – this is a guiding principle at the University of Bayreuth’s Faculty of Languages & Literature. And the convenience of a compact campus, small teaching groups, and direct contact with teaching staff all come together to provide programmes that are both intensive and well-supported. 

Building Bridges with Other Cultures

Our faculty offers a range of study programmes relating to foreign cultures, such as Romance Studies, African Studies, Anglophone Cultural Studies, but also a range of other disciplines including German Studies, Theatre & Media and Music. Humanities programmes at the University of Bayreuth are particularly attractive thanks to the heavy focus on intercultural processes and a primarily comparative approach to cultural studies. We specialize in research and teaching on the relationships between European and non-European languages, cultures, and literatures, while maintaining the applied, practical nature of our work. 

Research and Doctoral Study in an International Atmosphere

Our faculty’s departments work thoroughly in the spirit of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s ideas on combined teaching and research. Their projects are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), for example through the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. We also enjoy a range of international partnerships and cooperate with several European and Asian universities to offer intercultural programmes of study.

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