East European and East Central European Studies
|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts|
|Course commences:||winter semester only|
|Standard course duration:||6 semesters|
|Form options:||full-time and part-time|
|Focus options:||75%; 50%; 25%|
|Language of instruction:||German or Slavic languages|
The course can be taken as a main subject (75%), a first or second main subject (50%) or a subsidiary subject (25%). It is notable for its dual structure:
1) Modules on historical and cultural studies plus literary studies and linguistics (with a cultural studies component)
The course consists first of all of classes introducing the students to the foundations and methodologies of historical and cultural studies, literary studies and linguistics: lectures, seminars and practical classes constitute the foundational, advanced and in-depth modules. They provide knowledge of the history and culture of East and East Central Europe and give students the opportunity to practise scholarly techniques such as investigation of sources and secondary literature, dealing with texts, handling sources, writing and presenting academic essays.
2) Language acquisition modules
At the same time, students receive intensive instruction in two (or one (in the subsidiary option)) of the languages offered at the Institute of Slavic Studies: Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbian/Croatian, Bulgarian. Synergy effects are part of the study plan, meaning that literary texts, historical sources and secondary literature in the original language are (progressively) drawn upon from the outset, thus promoting the language acquisition process.
Taking the main subject (75%) as an example, students in their first year attend two foundational modules of a scholarly nature plus (in parallel) two foundational language acquisition modules. The second year has the same basic structure, this time featuring more advanced modules. In the third year, students select an option for their in-depth module and complete their B.A. thesis.
Students opting for the joint (50%) or subsidiary (25%) course have proportionally fewer classes.
Classes take place at the Department of History and the Institute of Slavic Studies. The course is structured to afford an opportunity to import lectures, practical classes and seminars with relevance for East European and East Central European Studies from other departments. To this end, students can draw upon the broad array of offerings at Heidelberg University, the neighbouring College of Jewish Studies, the Siebenbürgen (Transylvanian) Institute and other academic institutions.
There are no admission restrictions. Click here for instructions on how to enrol.
There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).
Possible subject combinations are listed in the Catalogue of Subjects. A combination with the B.A. Slavic Studies is not possible.
Study and examination regulations
Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.
Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.
For contact information and office hours please visit the website of the Institute of Slavic Studies.
Centre for European History and Cultural Studies (ZEGK)
Department of History
phone: +49 (0)6221 542474
Institute of Slavic Studies
Albrecht-Überle Str. 3-5