African Studies (Bachelor)

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You are interested in Africa? During your studies, you will get to know the dynamic and diverse continent and its societies beyond the clichés prevalent in Europe. Thinking outside the box and looking beyond your own horizons allows you to critically analyse Africa in a global context and thus better understand its less known aspects.

With us you will learn African languages and deal with languages and literatures, history and societies of Africa. Interdisciplinary approaches in the individual courses invite you to work in a topic-centered way and to choose your own area of interest.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 697

6 Semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in African Studies comprises an Introductory and Orientation Period (Basics of African Studies), an Emphasis Phase, a period focusing on language acquisition and a period of specialisation.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • African languages
  • Oral literature
  • Diaspora
  • Colonialism
  • Sociolinguistics

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates have active (spoken and written) language competence in a supra-regional common African language as well as fundamental knowledge of the methods and subjects of African linguistics, literature and history. Potential employers of graduates of the bachelor’s programme in African Studies include:

  • academic research institutions
  • publishers
  • museums, archives, documentation centres
  • companies active in Africa, as well as
  • international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.6 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.1 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 13 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the bachelor’s programme in African Studies (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 2 months after graduation on average.
  • earn an average of € 2,633 (women) and € 2,829 (men) gross per month within three years after graduation.
  • work full time at a percentage of 66 % (women) and 71 % (men) within three years after graduation.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "Social Sciences, Journalism and Information".