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East European and East Central European Studies

Course outline and structure
Formal requirements
Academic advisor

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Application: not required
Course commences: winter semester only
Standard course duration: 6 semesters
Form options: full-time and part-time
Focus options: 75%; 50%; 25%
Language requirements: English
Language of instruction: German or Slavic languages

Faculty of Modern Languages

Faculty of Philosophy

Course outline and structure

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.

Formal requirements


There are no admission restrictions. Click here for instructions on how to enrol.

Admission regulations

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).

Subject combinations

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

Examination regulations B.A. (26 March 2015)
Examination regulations B.A. (1 June 2010)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

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.

Academic advisors

Marlene Bainczyk-Crescentini
For contact information and office hours please visit the website of the Institute of Slavic Studies.

Matthias Puchta
Kontaktdaten, Adresse und Sprechzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte den Seiten des Slavischen Instituts.


Centre for European History and Cultural Studies (ZEGK)
Department of History
Grabengasse 3-5
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office

Marlies Kabore
phone: +49 (0)6221 542474

Institute of Slavic Studies
Schulgasse 6
D-69117 Heidelberg

Gabriele Meier
phone: +49 (0)6221 542636
fax: +49 (0)6221 543105

Student representation

Zentrales Fachschaftsbüro
Albrecht-Überle Str. 3-5
D-69117 Heidelberg

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