Franco-German Studies: Cross-Border Communication and Cooperation (B.A.)

Building on the fifteen years of expereince in the field of cross-border education, Franco-German studies at Saarland University were restructured in 2006 to yield a binational Bachelor’s degree programme, which is administered in cooperation with the University of Metz in France, and a collaborative trinational Master’s degree programme involving the universities in Metz, Luxembourg and Saarland.

The interdisciplinary B.A. programme is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Romance Languages and Literature and German Language and Literature at Saarland University and the Department of Information and Communications Science at the Université Paul Verlaine in Metz. The goal of the programme is to produce graduates who have the intercultural skills and expertise to act, communicate and manage projects in cross-border cooperation and development, particularly in the Saar-Lor-Lux region.

Key features of the B.A. programme include:

  • French and German languages and politics,
  • Economic, cultural and social aspects of Germany and France,
  • The Franco-German relationship and European integration,
  • Intercultural communication and intercultural cooperation,
  • Information and communications science,
  • Cultural and media analysis,
  • Opportunities for students to acquire relevant practical experience in cross-border cooperation (media, PR, culture, institutions).

Students in both the B.A. and M.A. programmes undertake mandatory periods of work experience in the neighbouring country, giving them the opportunity to learn about possible future careers. Graduates of the forerunner programme ‘Franco-German Cross-Border Studies’ have found employment in the business sector (e.g. Stabilo, Siemens, BASF), in the cultural and media fields (e.g. ARTE, DPA,
Centre culturel franco-allemand in Nantes), in cross-border cooperation between local authorities, chambers of commerce and other associations (e.g. Regio TriRhena, the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris, German Foreign Ministry) as well as in education and research.

Programme schedule

As a rule, students will take 6 semesters to complete the Franco-German Studies programme and earn the binational Bachelor/licence degree. Students then have the option of continuing to study for a further four semesters to obtain the trinational Master’s degree. In the second and third years of the Bachelor’s programme, German and French students study together in mixed groups at Saarland University and at the Université Paul Verlaine in Metz.

In year 1, German-speaking students study in Saarbrücken, while French-speaking students study in Metz
Year 2 in Metz
Year 3 in Saarbrücken

An overview of the modules taught can be found here, and a schematic diagram of the Bachelor/licence programme is available by following this link.

Special features

Notable features of the Franco-German Studies programme include:


Intercultural aspects are explored in the degree programme from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Both universities (Saarbrücken and Metz) offer a broad range of taught courses in the field of intercultural theory and practice.


In addition to learning about the language and literature of the two countries, students will also acquire deeper insight into a broad range of areas including history, geography, politics, sociology, and the legal and economic systems of France and Germany. The degree course also focuses on elements from media science, information science and communications science. The Franco-German Studies programme produces graduates specialized in the political, cultural and economic aspects of French-German relations.

Practical focus

In order to prepare students to deal with the practicalities of acting as cultural intermediaries, the programme offers undergraduates two different opportunities to become acquainted with the realities of cross-border activities. First, students will be taught for some of the time by external, part-time contract lecturers with experience in specific areas of cross-border cooperation. Secondly, students are required to complete an obligatory work placement period (internship).

Financial support

The Franco-German Studies programme receives financial support from the German-French University (Deutsch-Französischen Hochschule / L'Université franco-allemande) in the form of bursaries. Mobility grants can be awarded to students during their period of study at the partner university or when preparing their final-year thesis if this requires them to spend the predominant amount of time in the other country (for instance to conduct research in libraries, to conduct interviews or to collect data).


Admission requirements Bachelor/licence (application deadline: 15 July):

  • A German or French qualification for admission to higher education, or a recognized equivalent qualification from another country
  • Good command of the German and French languages
  • Some experience of German-French cooperative projects is desirable

Students can apply to join the programme in Year 1.

Course and application information for applicants from Germany is available from the programme coordinating office at Saarland University.

Prospective students from France are requested to contact our partners at the University of Metz directly.

Related higher degrees

Darüber hinaus ist unter bestimmten Bedingungen (z.B. bestimmte Schwerpunktsetzung im Bachelor-Bereich, Nachholen einzelner Module u.ä.) der Zugang zu weiteren Master-Studiengängen möglich, z.B.:


Claudia Heß
Saarbrücken Campus
Building C5 2, Room 117
Phone: 0681 302-64006
Web site