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Slavic and East European Studies

Course outline
Course structure
Formal requirements
Academic advisors

Degree Master of Arts
Application required access-restricted
Course commences winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Format options full-time / part-time
Language requirements one of the languages Russian, Czech, Polish, Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian (on application)
Language of instruction German

Faculty of Modern Languages


Course outline

The Master’s degree programme looks at the present state, and historical development, of Slavic languages, literature, culture and societies. Different focuses may be studied as part of the Slavic and East European degree programme. Literary Studies, Linguistics, East European History or a combination of two of these fields may be chosen as a focus. An open combination of two Slavic languages is also studied. The following East, West, and South Slavic languages are available: Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbian/Croatian and Bulgarian. If choosing East European History as a focus, an exception is made when combining languages. In this case, one of the Slavic languages chosen must be Russian.

The range of possible combinations of content and languages within the Slavic and East European Studies degree programme enables students to tailor their studies to their specific interests. The integral collaboration with the Department of East European History, the principle of studying the whole slavic area at the Institute of Slavic Studies, a strong comparative orientation, and the possibility of choosing lesser spoken languages - particularly Bulgarian, which is rarely available at German Universities - as a focus, all contribute to creating a special profile for the Slavic and East European Studies degree programme in Heidelberg.

Course structure

Literary Studies as a Focus: Where a focus is placed on Literary Studies, the whole scope of Slavic Literary Studies including cultural and comparative questions, is reproduced in the two chosen Slavic languages. This focus also offers the opportunity for students to develop individual fields of their choice. It is ensured that all courses offered are in line with the programme's research focus.

Linguistics as a Focus: Linguistic research methods, and their present and past use with Slavic languages are at the core of the Linguistics focus. For the Master’s degree programme, two of the following fields can be chosen as the area of application: Russian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, or Croatian Studies (or Serbian Studies as an alternative to Czech Studies). The fields are studied taking relevant sociocultural conditions within the Slavic language community into account. This focus includes both the theoretical and practical fields of Slavic linguistics.

East European History as a Focus: The core of the focus on East European History concentrates on the history of the area in which Slavic languages are spoken, whilst taking the history of the Russian and Soviet empires into account. Using case studies, methods and theories relating to history are tested and discussed. East European History as a focus can only be chosen with a language combination including Russian and one further Slavic language (Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish, Serbian, or Czech).

Two Focuses of Choice: This alternative allows two of the three focuses (Literary Studies, Linguistics, East European History) to be selected. Basic knowledge in a further Slavic language is also taught or knowledge of a second Slavic language obtained through a Bachelor’s degree is extended. This alternative can be chosen if only one Slavic language was learnt during the Bachelor’s degree programme, or if a combination of two focuses is desired.

Subsidiary subject

Slavic and East European Studies can also be studied as the subsidiary subject of a Master’s programme. In this case, a Bachelor’s degree in Slavic Studies or a field relating to East Europe is not necessary. Depending on prior knowledge, the subsidiary subject provides introductory level (option 2) or advanced (option 1) exposure to a Slavic language and a general overview of past and present Slavic languages. The Master’s programme in Slavic Studies equates to 20 credits as a subsidiary subject.

The programme requires 20 credits be acquired in a subsidiary subject. Here is a list of all the subsidiary subjects.

Formal requirements


Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Institute of Slavic Studies for further information on how to proceed.

International prospective students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further information

Current information on procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations for M.A. in Slavistic and East European Studies (14 March 2016)

Examination regulations for M.A. in Slavic Studies (21 July 2011, last amended 18 April 2012)

Examination regulations for M.A. in Slavic Studies (6 February 2009)

Examination regulations for Master courses – General Part (21 April 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

general counselling

Marlene Bainczyk-Crescentini
Kontaktdaten, Adresse und Sprechzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte den Seiten des Slavischen Instituts.

counselling on M.A. course and main course Magister and teacher degree

Prof. Dr. Urs Heftrich (Literaturwissenschaft)
Kontaktdaten, Adresse und Sprechzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte den Seiten des Slavischen Instituts.

Prof. Dr. Jadranka Gvozdanovic (Sprachwissenschaft)
Kontaktdaten, Adresse und Sprechzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte den Seiten des Slavischen Instituts.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Penter (Osteuropäische Geschichte)
Historisches Seminar, Grabengasse 3-5
3. Obergeschoß, Raum 305
Tel.: +49 (0)6221-54 2476
Kontaktdaten, Adresse und Sprechzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte folgendem Link.


Institute of Slavic Studies
Schulgasse 6
D-69117 Heidelberg


Office 222
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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