The main focus of the minor in Bengali is to convey passive mastery of the language to enable students to use relevant sources for research and application.

Native speakers of Bengali number at least 300 million and several million more speak it as a second language, making this language one of the most widely spoken in the world. What’s more, Bengali has a long and rich tradition of both religious and non-religious literature. To this day, the Bengali language is indispensable in day-to-day living, science and politics in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal; without knowledge of this language, it is virtually impossible to adequately address any field of research there. After successful completion of the minor in Bengali, students are able to read texts in Bengali of intermediate difficulty with the aid of a dictionary.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.


Possible lines of work:

Intercultural communication, intercultural management, international development cooperation, peace and conflict research, international educational work (adult education, language courses, etc.), politics (policy consulting), culture (conservation/maintenance/management of global cultural heritage, cultural institutions, culture management, museums, etc.), tourism (long-distance, educational and cultural tourism), journalism, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Job options strongly depend on a graduate’s chosen major.

Open admission
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2022/2023 Wintersemester
free admission
2021/2022 Wintersemester
free admission
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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