Faculty of Modern LanguagesEast European and East Central European Studies – Bachelor 50%

Students in the Eastern European and East-Central European Studies programme will be taught an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of the culture and history of the Slavic countries.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman, occasionally Slavic languages
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The degree programme in Eastern European and East-Central European Studies combines solid language training with fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of language, literature, history, and cultural studies. Over the course of their studies, students will participate in an interdisciplinary examination of the interrelationships between the languages, literature, culture and history of Eastern and East-Central Europe, including the Russian-, Polish-, Czech-, Serbo-Croatian- and Bulgarian-speaking regions. Along with providing in-depth knowledge of two Slavic languages, the degree programme also provides students an overview of the entire gamut of the Slavic countries in their historical and cultural development, from their inception through to the Eastern and East-Central European societies of today, in the wake of the 1989 political upheaval as well as the easterly expansion of the EU.

Course Structure

In the Bachelor’s degree programme at the 50% level, students may choose to study Eastern European and East-Central European Studies as either a first or a second major. The degree programme is dual in nature and consists of theoretical modules (history and cultural studies) as well as language acquisition modules. These are complemented by modules for cross-disciplinary competencies. 

Introductory modules provide an introduction to the fundamentals and methodology of History, Cultural Studies, Literature and Linguistics. In these modules, students will receive instruction in the history and culture of Eastern and East-Central Europe and will practice core techniques for producing academic work, including: Source and literature research, working with texts and sources, summarisation and presentation of academic work. In the intermediate and advanced modules the emphasis will be on Eastern European history. 

At the same time, students will receive intensive language instruction in Russian as well as a second language offered at the Institute of Slavic Studies (Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, or Bulgarian).  

Synergetic effects are a built-in component of the degree programme: From the beginning, literary texts, historical sources, and subject-related literature will begin to be read in the original language, aiding in language acquisition.