BA in Language and Integration
The BA in Language and Integration is aimed at anyone who wants to complete a course of study in which professional and social integration through language plays a central role. During this undergraduate programme, you learn how to support adults in developing their German skills as a foreign/second language. Graduates are fully equipped with all the skills they need to take on roles in the areas of language teaching, language coaching and language education management.
The BA in Language and Integration, which was launched in 2020, is the first degree programme in Switzerland that qualifies graduates to teach German to adults as a foreign/second language. From the fifth semester, you also have the opportunity to fine-tune your professional profile by choosing between the specialisations of language consulting/coaching and language education management. The degree programme stands out thanks to its varied semester structure, an innovative teaching concept and the unique composition of its course content.
The degree programme’s content is made up of five specialist areas and two profiles. In the linguistics component, you are provided with basic knowledge about language structures and language use as well as about the relationship between language and society. The didactics component addresses questions concerning teaching and learning, such as how educational content is prepared, conveyed, absorbed and processed. In the contexts component, topics relating to migration and society (history, culture, law and many more) are covered, while the academic research component enables you to hone your writing skills and analytical thinking. And the major practice-based component prepares you thoroughly from the 1st through to the 6th semester to take on professional roles in future. These five areas are interconnected and coordinated with each another.
Students who choose the language consulting/coaching profile take an in-depth look at issues such as the assessment and evaluation of language skills, taking into account the role played by different educational and learning systems. Those who opt for the language education management profile acquire organisational and administrative expertise and skills that are important for the management of institutions and for project management in the context of language and integration.
As a graduate of the BA in Language and Integration, you will help to shape the field of migration and integration in a professional and sustainable manner. As a specialist in providing language support to adults, you will develop programmes for those wishing to learn German as a foreign/second language and work on shaping measures and general conditions that promote language learning. You will conduct projects in the area of integration through language both inside and outside Switzerland. In this diverse, dynamic and growing field of integration through language, your profound professional and practical expertise is more in demand than ever.
As a German as a foreign/second language instructor, you might find yourself working as a language teacher in Switzerland, teaching at an international organisation abroad or even setting up your own language school.
With your skills in project and education management as well as in the realm of language coaching, you will have all the tools at your disposal to work as a project manager in organisations or companies, advise or coach migrants at specialist agencies, get involved in political institutions in the field of migration or organise projects and initiatives.
Your proven didactic knowledge will allow you to provide important impetus both inside and outside the professional community. You will have everything you need to design teaching concepts according to the current state of research, develop digital and analogue educational materials and apply your knowledge to the testing and evaluation of language support services in a targeted manner.
With your sound specialist and practical knowledge, you will be equipped for a professional career in which you will work together with people and always have your finger on the pulse of society. A large number of organisations, institutions and companies offer you a field of activity in which you can distinguish yourself professionally and develop individually. In the process, you will make a sustainable contribution to relevant societal issues:
- Lifelong learning and professional integration: you will apply your multifaceted didactic and linguistic skills in learning environments and educational projects.
- Diversity: you will make social diversity visible through social projects and promote intercultural understanding on an equal footing.
- Participation: you will contribute to ensuring effective communication with and integration of migrant populations.
In the BA in Language and Integration, your practical training already begins during the first semester. Find out more about practical training, our industry partners and our partner universities: