Slavic Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:

 

Degree:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester

Start:

winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission

Application:

You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Deadlines: Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Slavic Studies: Polish Studies (B.A.)

Slavic Studies: Russian Studies (B.A.)

Homepage:

Department of Slavic Studies

Faculty:

Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology

Accreditation:

The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Slavic Studies examines the languages, literatures and cultures of the eastern, central-eastern and south-eastern European linguistic communities. In addition to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, this encompasses Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Balkans, including the states of the former Yugoslavia. The Slavic language area begins in the west with the Sorbs in Germany, and in the east extends to Bering Sea in the Pacific. Studies in Slavic linguistics and literature involve more than just the interpretation of Slavic literature or the acquisition of Slavic languages. Although the acquisition and perfection of such language skills is an important requirement, it is not the only aim of Slavic Studies. Students of Slavic Studies engage themselves intensively with the linguistic, literary and cultural elements of the Slavic language area. This includes includes studying the history, politics, economy, and geography, as well as the cultural and social conditions of the countries of central-eastern, eastern and south-eastern Europe. To a large extent, Slavic Studies applies comparative methods. This means that the field compares the different Slavic languages, cultures and countries with one another as well as with non-Slavic linguistic and cultural areas. In addition to acquiring specialist knowledge, students have the opportunity to acquire key skills in academic writing, competence in foreign cultures, and working independently, among others, and can obtain a foundation for careers in non-philological areas.

Master entrance requirements

Polish Studies
First university degree: Diploma from the previous degree program

  • a) Bachelor’s diploma consisting of a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with at least 60 credit points in Slavic Studies or Polish Studies/Russian Studies or
  • b) an equivalent degree with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications.

If the Bachelor’s diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 40 credit points must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor’s diploma be presented within the first semester of the Master’s degree program that verifies the required 60 credit points in full.

Polish will be studied as the main language. Russian, Czech, or Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian may be chosen as a second language. When transitioning from the Bachelor’s degree program in Slavic Studies with focus on Polish Studies in accordance with the ordinance of faculties 02, 05 and 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University, the student will continue studying the second language they studied before for the examination in the two-subject Bachelor’s degree program. Otherwise, the student must provide proof of knowledge of Polish corresponding to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and Level A2 of the Framework for knowledge of the second language.

Russian Studies
First university degree: Diploma from the previous degree program

  • a) Bachelor’s diploma consisting of a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with at least 60 credit points in Slavic Studies or Polish Studies/Russian Studies or
  • b) an equivalent degree with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications.

If the Bachelor’s diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 40 credit points must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor’s diploma be presented within the first semester of the Master’s degree program that verifies the required 60 credit points in full.

Russian will be studied as the main language. Polish, Czech or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian may be chosen as a second language. When transitioning from the Bachelor’s degree program in Slavic Studies with a concentration in Russian Studies in accordance with the ordinance of faculties 02, 05 and 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University, the student will continue studying the second language they studied before for the examination in the two-subject Bachelor’s degree program. Otherwise, the student must provide proof of knowledge of Russian corresponding to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and Level A2 of the Framework for knowledge of the second language.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the “German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)” is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.

Information

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