Slavonic studies

The subjects of Slavonic studies are the languages, literatures and cultures of the Central, Eastern and Southeast European peoples.

The study field at a glance

Slavonic studies are divided into three groups: Eastern Slavic (Rusyn / Ruthenian, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian), West Slavic (Kashubian, Lower / Upper Sorbian, Polish, Slovak and Czech) and Southern Slavic (Bulgarian, Burgenland-Croatian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian / Bosnian and Slovenian). In addition, the Old Church Slavonic belongs to this group, which has a great importance in linguistic history.

Slavonic studies deal with the languages of the respective regions as well as literature, culture and history.

Offered courses

Slavonic studies are offered in Germany exclusively at universities. In addition to generalist studies, there are also those that run under the names Slavic languages, literature and cultures, Slavic philology or Slavonic studies (literary studies).

Contents of the course

In the Slavic studies, the students acquire linguistic knowledge of the respective language group. On the other hand, they also deal with the respective culture and literature. In addition, they usually occupy language-practical modules. They can choose from, for example, specializations in the areas of "current problems of Slavic linguistics", "synchronous Slavic linguistics" or other Slavic languages such as Polish, Czech or Serbian / Croatian. Staying abroad and internships are usually compulsory.

Admission criteria & study application

Depending on the university, a local selection procedure can be used. Partly language skills are required.

Possible careers after graduation

The graduates have job opportunities in the press and public relations, as interpreters and translators, in management consultancy, in art and cultural management, in editing, journalism, editing, in adult education, in media production (print, online, multimedia ) or in the field of language teaching.