Slavonic Studies, Master 1 subject

  • How does one learn a language and then learn further languages?
  • How is speech processed by the brain?
  • How have Slavic literatures and cultures developed, and what is happening in Central (Eastern) European countries today?
  • What are the characteristics of Slavic languages and cultures?
  • What happens if children grow up bilingually?
Marija Terskich

Thanks to different seminars and courses I have acquired new favourite authors whom I would probably never have discovered if not for this degree course.

– Marija Terskich, Bachelor's degree


Master of Arts
Slavonic philology, Master 1 subject
Winter- and summer semester
4 semesters
Classroom language
Not restricted, application at the faculty required
Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Application information for international applicants

Application information for international applicants

What's it all about?
This degree programme is unique, because ...
it helps to gain a deeper understanding of Eastern (Central) European languages, cultures and literatures.
It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields ...
  • Critical discourse regarding theories and methods
  • Autonomous compilation of scientific problems and the presentation thereof
  • Russian or Polish literature and culture (image, film)
  • Linguistics of the language system, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics
  • Gender and identity in language and literature
  • Cultural and historical events, rhetoric and poetics
Who is suited?
Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,
  • an interest in Slavic languages and cultures
  • willingness to do a lot of reading
  • curiosity and research drive
  • good language skills


  • literature (theoretical and literary)
  • debating and presenting
  • autonomous research

struggle through:

  • the complexities of specialist literature and theoretical models
  • learning a second Slavic language
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Slavonic philology
  • Russian culture
  • related subjects (individual guidance recommended)
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in academia
  • in cultural institutions and foundations
  • in the media and publishing industry
  • as editors and teachers
  • in the educational and charity sector
And else?
An internship ...

is recommended. It is done prior to the degree course.
Duration: 6 weeks

Studying abroad ... is recommended.
Duration: 1-2 semesters
Where do I find help?
Academic advisory office

Dr. Thomas Skowronek
Building, Room: GB 5/139
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25157
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Slavistik
Building, Room: GB 5/140
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28357
Website Fachschaft

Other degree programs in the subject

Marija Terskich
Marija Terskich is a third-year student of Slavonic Studies. She is pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree, 2-subject programme. Marija's second subject is Islamic Studies.

What made you choose this degree programme?

Because of my origins, and because I wished to broaden my knowledge of Slavic languages and countries.

In which respect have or haven’t your expectations been fulfilled?

I have the opportunity to learn several new Slavic languages and to improve my Russian language skills. So far, the courses have lived up to my expectations.

Which aspect of your degree programme do you enjoy most?

Thanks to different seminars and courses, my voracious appetite for reading is being satisfied by various authors and epochs of the Slavic countries. I have acquired new favourite authors whom I would probably never have discovered if not for this degree course.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Finding a suitable subject for my term paper.

What would you like to become after completing your degree?

I would like to work as a translator. Many good Slavic authors exist who are barely known or not known at all in other countries, because they have never been translated. I would like to change that, even though this might sound utopic.

Which advice would you like to give to students who consider enrolling in this degree programme?

You should definitely have fun in your degree course. If you enjoy learning about new languages and cultures, you have come to the right place.