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Welcome to the University of Freiburg English Department



The University of Freiburg ranks among Germany’s top universities and has one of the most distinguished language departments in the entire country. With approximately 2000 enrolled undergraduate students and nearly 100 staff members and administrative employees the University of Freiburg English Department counts among Germany’s medium-sized institutes. Renowned for its excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, the Department of English at the University of Freiburg offers students the opportunity to pursue a multitude of various courses of study in English linguistics, literature and culture and media studies. Students are also afforded the opportunity to participate in additional courses designed to develop English language proficiency skills (oral communication, translation and text production) and didactic techniques.

Traditionally, many of the students admitted to the University of Freiburg choose to pursue a teaching degree in secondary education with English as a major. Upon completing this degree (ten semesters), graduates will be qualified to work as a teacher at a secondary school in Germany provided that student teaching requirements are fulfilled. In addition to a degree in teaching English, the University of Freiburg offers an undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies (six semesters) as well as five different international graduate programmes. These two-year Master programmes, some of which are interdisciplinary, allow graduates to gain expertise in the fields of linguistics, cultural studies and literary studies. There are also opportunities to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies. In fact, University of Freiburg’s English Department has a nation-wide reputation for producing up-and-coming professors.

The diverse academic offerings are accompanied by a dynamic department life, to which long-standing cooperation with department’s student council has greatly contributed. Theatre performances by the department drama group maniACTs, festivities organised by the student council, football matches between students and faculty members and department celebrations are just a few of the events that take place throughout the academic year. Supplementary educational opportunities in politics and culture are provided in the form of guest lectures and film showings organised by the German-American Institute, the Carl-Schurz-Haus, Cooperation with the European Confederation of Upper Rhein Universities (Basel, Mulhouse and Strasbourg) as well as with non-academic institutions throughout the region enables students to further enhance their academic education through participation in an even wider range of academically and culturally engaging activities.

Finally, through cooperation and agreements with other universities and research institutes across Europe and the world, the English Department has a large number of contacts throughout the English-speaking world. Of course, the English Department also profits from the University of Freiburg’s partnership with nearly 150 universities world-wide and is recognised as one of the front-runners in student exchange programmes across Germany.



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Best regards,


Gert Fehlner

(Department Chair)


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