First semester

Prerequisites for study

All the department’s courses are taught in Spanish, and in order to participate properly, it is recommended that students acquire a level of language equivalent to B2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR). However, it is possible to take Spanish courses at the Institut für Sprachwissenschaft (the Department of Linguistics).

For validation of courses taken at other universities, students should consult Professors Bürki (Linguistics) or Vauthier (Literature).

At the “Tag des Studienbeginns” (Freshers’ Day) event, the department organizes an informative session for first semester students – all are recommended to attend

Which courses should I take?

In the first year it is compulsory to attend the “Einführungen” (introductory lecture) and the “Übungen” (introductory seminar) in Literature and Linguistics. Detailed information on compulsory courses can be found in the BA Study Plan document.

Is Latin a requirement for the study of Spanish Linguistics and Literature?

The course “Einführung in die lateinische Sprache und Kultur für Romanisten” is part of the curriculum for Majors. It is therefore not necessary to complete previous courses in Latin.

Is a stay abroad mandatory?

Staying abroad is part of the BA curriculum and essential to improving and consolidating your Spanish language knowledge. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to come into real contact with Hispanic culture. A stay abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is worth 3 ECTS (for 3 months) or 6 ECTS (for 6 months). Students who come from a Spanish-speaking country or who can demonstrate their language level by means of a DELE C1 diploma may apply for exemption from the stay abroad. However, the ECTS must be completed with other courses offered by the department.

Introduction to the libraries

At the beginning of the fall semester, the Spanish Library organizes an introduction on how to use the library.