Faculty of Modern LanguagesEast European and East Central European Studies - Bachelor 100%

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 and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionDeutsch, teilweise slawische Sprachen
Fees and contributions186.35 € / 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. As a 100% Bachelor's degree programme, no minor subject is provided. Students concentrate entirely on the sub-subjects of the interdisciplinary degree programme in East Europe and East Central European Studies.

Course Structure

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 interdisciplinary competences, an excursion and a module Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, which encourages students to broaden their horizons within Heidelberg University, but also beyond the borders of Germany, and to enable them to gain practical experience during their studies.

The theoretical modules consist of courses that provide an introduction to the fundamentals and methodology of History, Cultural Studies, Literature and Linguistics: Lectures, seminars and tutorials are complemented by introductory, intermediate and advanced modules in which 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. 

At the same time, students receive intensive instruction in Russian and 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-specific literature will begin to be read in the original language, aiding in language acquisition. 

While the academic courses on Eastern European History are attended throughout all study phases, a focus on linguistics or literary studies is set in the area of linguistics and literary studies from the second year of study. This focus is continued in the specialisation phase in the third year of study. For the final phase, students decide whether to write their B.A. thesis in the area of Eastern European History or in the profile area of Slavic Studies.