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University of Reading

Whiteknights , Reading Berkshire ,United Kingdom

BA German Studies and Comparative Literature QR22

Full Time: 4 Years
On this BA German Studies and Comparative Literature programme, you will explore cultures and literatures from around the world, through its emphasis on comparative study. This combines well with the deepened level of expertise you will develop in German language and culture.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Languages and Cultures, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
This course will see you become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken German. You will master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. You will also have the opportunity to explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1989, and the history behind, and current debates about, immigration to Germany.
The Comparative Literature modules have been designed by experts with the aim of crossing and dismantling borders: they look at literatures from different communities, national traditions, and time-periods. You will take in a broad range of traditional genres (e.g. the novel, theatre, poetry), as well as varying modes of cultural expression (e.g. autobiography, film, myths). The core modules you will study introduce you to the notion of comparative writing and to what can be lost – and found – in translation. All students of comparative literature will take an extended writing module on a topic of their choosing, and you will also be able to develop your interests by choosing from a range of optional modules. Throughout, the emphasis is on comparative literature's ability to do justice to the interconnectedness of human experience.
An integral part of the course is the opportunity for you to spend up to a year in a German-speaking country, either studying at a partner university, undertaking a work placement, or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. The fees charged for this year are greatly reduced from the usual amount, and you may have other income through funding schemes and/or earnings. The year abroad enables you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and develop your language to a near-native level. Modules in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS, and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
Typical offer
BBB
Beginner's German: No previous language qualifications are required.
Intermediate German: GCSE German at grade A (7) or AS level German at grade B.
Advanced German: A level German at grade B.
OR
to qualify for an Academic Excellence Scheme offer:
GCSE minimum requirement: five A* and three A
Example profile: A*A*A*A*A*AAABB