Slavonic studies

The subject of Slavic studies is the languages, literatures and cultures of the Central, Eastern and Southeast European peoples.

The study field at a glance

Slavic studies are divided into three groups: East Slavic studies (Russian/Ruthenian, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian), West Slavic studies (Kashubian, Lower/Upper Sorbian, Polish, Slovak and Czech) and South Slavic studies (Bulgarian, Burgenland-Croatian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian and Slovenian). Old Church Slavonic also belongs to this group, which is of great importance in terms of linguistic history.

Slavic studies deals with the languages of the respective regions as well as with literature, culture and history.

Course offered

In Germany, Slavic studies courses are only offered at universities. In addition to courses such as “Russian” or “Polish Studies”, there are also those that go under the names Slavic languages, Sorab studies or South Slavic philology.

Contents of the course

When studying Slavic studies, students gain linguistic knowledge about the respective language group. On the other hand, they deal with the respective culture and literature. They also usually take practical language modules. You can choose from, for example, specializations in the areas of “current problems in Slavic linguistics”, “synchronous Slavic linguistics” or other Slavic languages such as Polish, Czech or Serbian/Croatian. Stays abroad and internships are usually mandatory.

Admission criteria & application for study

Depending on the university, a local selection process may be used. Some language skills are required.

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates have job opportunities in press and public relations, in management consultancies, in art and culture management, in the areas of editing, journalism, proofreading, in adult education, in media production (print, online, multimedia) or in the area of language teaching.