Linguistics and Communication Studies B.A.



Björn Meißner

Advisor of the ISK for the bachelor program Linguistics and Communication Studies


+49 241 80 96078



Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Arts
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

NC for WS 2023

Admission to Higher Semesters

NC for the 2nd-6th Core Semester

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines


In the bachelor's programme in Linguistics and Communication Science you will gain insight into the theories, methods and areas of application of the subject. The programme opens up a wide range of perspectives on linguistic and communicative phenomena, the description, analysis and explanation of which is the subject of intensive study.

As a student, you will learn how linguistic structures and linguistic-communicative action can be scientifically examined, how to develop your own question interests and how to present scientific facts appropriately.

You can access the valid examination regulations here: Examination regulations language and communication sciences

The official RWTH website offers further information on the course of studies


Mobility Module

The mobility module for the degree programme in Language and Communication Studies offers students the opportunity to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and complementary skills and abilities through events or projects at universities in Germany and abroad. It is compulsory in the practical module and is intended to contribute to the professional field orientation.

Students should apply, deepen and reflect on the knowledge they have acquired in their previous studies to issues in other subjects. The choice of courses is the responsibility of the students themselves. There is also the possibility of performing the work at the university location itself.

Aim of the practical module

In the subsequent paper, students should relate the study and research contents of linguistics and communication science to the knowledge acquired in the mobility module. In this way, the relevance of linguistic and communication theory phenomena for these subjects will be questioned and critically reflected upon.

The aim of this practical module is to enable students to become acquainted with the transfer of knowledge acquired during their studies into professional fields of application and research contexts of other disciplines in an individualized manner according to their own interests and personal priorities. Attending foreign universities strengthens the internationalization, the view beyond one's own context into other cultures, which gives students additional skills for their future professional life.


Curricular anchoring

  • Location in the course of study: 4th semester
  • Conditions of participation: None
  • Examination prerequisite: Basic modules 1 and 2
  • rading: None

Organisational Process

Your contact person is the Student Advisory Service

  1. Before starting the internship: Have the research question confirmed
  2. Before acquiring irregular Credit-Point-Erwerbs: Have the possibility of recognition confirmed
  3. At the end of the internship: submission of paper and internship confirmation
  4. After complete credit point acquisition for each mobility window: submission of paper and routing slip, proof of participation or proof of performance

The registration at the Central Examination Office and the entry into the study account are done automatically.

Duplicate of the ungraded transcripts in the ISK Secretariat, room 217, in the Kármán Auditorium

Regular possibilities of credit point acquisition

  • Attendance of non-subject or non-curricular courses at domestic and foreign colleges and universities
    • Opportunity to participate is decided by the lecturer
    • Conditions and scope of the credit point acquisition determines lecturer
  • LEONARDO Programme, Career Center and Center for Creative Writing at the RWTH
  • Additional or extended internship; 2-3 Credit Points/week
  • Participation in Massive Open Online Courses - MOOCs, Besuch von Fachtagungen; 2-3 Credit Points
  • Attendance of conferences; 2-3 Credit Points
  • Research internships at ISK; 8h/week: 4-6 Credit Points

Exemplary topics for research internships

Talk to your preferred lecturer(s) and ask about the possibility of a research internship

Exemplary topics reported so far:

  • Determination of the articulation rate/speech rate of radio messages/talk show speakers. Lecturer: Meißner
  • Coding of synsemantica in orthographic transcripts of radio news / talk show recordings. Lecturer: Meißner
  • Creation and analysis of keyword clouds from TV duels of the American and French presidential election campaign/the state or federal election campaign. Lecturer: Meißner
  • Creation of a word corpus from pronunciation dictionaries. Lecturer: Meißner
  • Diachronic comparison of the reception of radio broadcasters. Lecturer: Meißner

Additional courses in technical communication

From the study programme B. Sc. Technical Communication, courses are regularly opened for the mobility window. Here are examples from the summer semester 2017:

  • Privacy on the Internet?! You have accepted the privacy policy. Lecturer: Zeißig/Lidynia, 10 participants, 6 credit points
  • When objects become learning tools. Lecturer: Dr Wilkowska, 8 participants, 6 credit points
  • Sensors in road traffic: Smartphone based integration of weak road users into networked road traffic. Lecturer: Philipsen/Schmidt, 4 participants, 6 credit points)
  • Acceptance of technologies in Ambient Assisted Living. Lecturer: Himmel/van Heek, 5 participants, 3 credit points
  • Plenum Fields of application of technology communication. Lecturer: Wirtz, 5 participants
  • Plenum Methods of Technical Communication: Design, User Experience and Usability Engineering. Lecturer: Merkel, 8 participants