The Slavic Studies degree programme focusses on the languages and literature of the Slavic countries in their historical and cultural context.
Slavic Studies combines solid language training with fundamental knowledge and research skills in the areas of linguistics, literature, and cultural studies, while, on a number of levels, opening a window to Eastern and East Central Europe and providing students with linguistic and cultural skills. Students will obtain essential key competencies as well as sought-after expert knowledge of our increasingly globalised and interconnected world, particularly as regards the expanding relationship between Europe and the countries of Eastern, East-Central and Southern Europe.
Special Features and Characteristics
The Institute of Slavic Studies at Heidelberg University offers students a broad range of Slavic languages and literature, including Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, and Bulgarian. No prior knowledge of Slavic languages is required for admittance to the Slavic Studies degree programme at Heidelberg University. All Slavic language courses offered at the Institute of Slavic Studies provide basic language education for which previous study of the language is not necessary. Language tandems and conversation courses are additional aids to students in gaining solid language mastery.
Based on this linguistic and cultural diversity, Heidelberg’s Institute of Slavic Studies places great value on comparative research approaches. This includes not only its interdisciplinary approach to Slavic languages but also its interaction with related departments and institutions. In addition, the Institute of Slavic Studies at Heidelberg University maintains close working relationships with leading institutions in Europe and North America - an advantage that provides students with a variety of benefits.
The highly-motivated faculty members at the Institute of Slavic Studies include professors with many years of international experience, young junior researchers, as well as lectors who are equally highly-qualified in both language didactics and research. The open and friendly atmosphere in the department, enhanced by small-group activities in language courses and seminars, allows instructors to engage with students on an individual basis, and to provide a high level of personalised support. Students with appropriate qualifications will be invited at an early stage of their studies to participate in Institute projects (e.g. conferences, translation projects, etc.).