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

Special features

Notable features of the Franco-German Studies programme include:

Interculturality

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.

Interdisciplinarity

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).