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German as a Foreign Language


Are you curious about how foreign languages are taught efficiently? Would you like to support people when learning German? Are you keen on finding employment swiftly after your studies?
If yes, then we recommend choosing German as a Foreign Language as a minor programme in combination with a major programme of your choice. Our bachelor study programme qualifies you for teaching German as a Foreign Language to adults and for other attractive employment perspectives in areas such as educational policy and migration.
We offer a high-quality, practice-oriented and evidence-based educational programme that perfectly prepares you for the professional domain. In small learning groups you will learn from experts in research and practice about language acquisition and language learning, teaching approaches and methods, testing and evaluation, language policy, intercultural communication, and much more. The bachelor study programme is suitable for people who are non-native German speakers as well as for people who consider German to be (one of) their first language(s).

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Profile of the study programme

Learning outcomes
In your bachelor study programme you will learn, inter alia:

  • how to plan, conduct and evaluate competence-oriented and motivating German as a foreign and second language classes;
  • how to measure and analyse learners' language proficiency and how to deduct appropriate learning support based on the results;
  • how to develop, implement and evaluate teaching and learning concepts (for instance for language schools).

After your studies, and as an expert in German as a foreign and second language, you will be able to conceptualise and conduct high-quality German as a foreign and second language classes and to competently advocate for your decisions in front of all involved stakeholders.

Fribourg profile
This university bachelor programme German as a Foreign Language is offered exclusively in the French/German bilingual city of Fribourg. The geographical location of the town at the language border offers optimal conditions to gain insight in the German as a foreign language context of the French-speaking part, as well as the German as a Second Language context of the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Our study programme meets the various needs of both students who speak German as (one of) their native language(s) and students who are non-native German speakers.
The German as a Foreign Language bachelor study programme of the University of Fribourg is renowned for its small learning groups and individual and personal supervision of students. You will also have the opportunity to gain first-hand work experience. Moreover, the programme enables you to continue your studies at all other universities and higher education institutions in Switzerland and abroad. Furthermore, our bachelor study programme paves the way for pursuing a career in research. It is especially with reference to the latter where our close collaboration with the Institute of Multilingualism is particularly interesting. The institute has been affiliated with Research Centre on Multilingualism by the Swiss government since 2010.

Language proficiency
The University of Fribourg is multilingual and personal. Non-native German-speaking students will enrol in profession-related German courses at the level C1/C2 and thereby expand their German language competences.

Parallel to your studies you can take advantage of the broad range of free support opportunities to further improve your foreign language skills.

Swiss certificate of upper secondary education graduates who achieved a grade below 5.5 in the subject German as a foreign language are recommended to enrol in the German intensive course prior to the start of the first semester to be optimally prepared for the beginning of your studies!

Career openings
Our graduates are qualified to engage in professional occupations in various domains both nationally and internationally:

  • Language teaching in adult education (e.g., for migrants);
  • Research assistance (e.g., in educational administration);
  • Profession-related language support and language support for businesses and organisations;
  • Bilingual education;
  • Digital foreign language teaching and learning.

Our bachelor study programme conveys solid foundational knowledge in research methods related to German as a Foreign Language /German as a Second Language research, which enables our graduates to pursue an academic career path upon their graduation.

Note: The bachelor programme can be studied part-time. Due to the high demand of qualified German as a foreign language teachers in the French- and Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland, many students decide to enter their future professions during their bachelor studies.

Studies organisation

Structure of studies

60 ECTS credits as a minor study programme


http://studies.unifr.ch/go/IaFd2 (German only)


Language competence in German of at least B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.