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Study Language and Cultural Studies in Germany

Explore 2977 programmes in 19 fields.

The language and cultural studies subject group encompasses a wide range of study programmes that primarily deal with the languages and cultures of the world in the past and present. Related subjects such as literature, religion, history, art, political systems, and philosophy are also part of the courses of study offered in this group. A degree programme in language and cultural studies imparts cultural, communication, and linguistic skills and increases cultural sensitivity.


188 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Extended Qualification In Music, Magister, State Examination

German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Indonesian

2-10 Semesters

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Language and Cultural Studies is divided into 19 fields of study.

African Studies, Pre-Columbian American Studies

African studies and pre-Columbian American studies focus on the languages, cultures, histories, and religions of the African continent and the advanced civilisations of South, Central, and North America.

Ancient Languages

The ancient languages study area gives you comprehensive insight into the languages and cultures of the past as well as their influence on the development of modern languages and present-day societies.

Cultural Studies

A cultural studies programme provides you with theoretical knowledge about the “construction” and meaning of culture. You examine culture from different perspectives, e.g., by analysing literature.

East Asian Studies

The field of East Asian studies focuses on the cultures, religions, and languages of Japan, Korea, Central Asia, and the Chinese-speaking world. You will acquire language skills and scientific knowledge.

English Studies, American Studies

English and American studies focus on the cultures, language, and literature of English-speaking countries in the past and present. You will deepen your English skills and examine the Anglophone world.

Ethnology, Anthropology

The field of ethnology and anthropology examines the diversity of cultures and ways human beings live together. It analyses societies and cultures and explores their contexts and dynamics.

German Studies and Contemporary Germanic Languages

In the field of study German studies and contemporary Germanic languages, you will examine German and Germanic texts from the past to the present and analyse them in a historical and systematic context.

History, Ancient Studies

Would you like to gain an in-depth understanding of history, make discoveries, and share all this with others? History and ancient studies are fields that study the past and the development of human civilisations.

Indo-European Studies

Indo-European studies deal with the Indo-European language family and the writings, cultures, history, and philosophy associated with it. You will analyse the development of languages and cultures.

Journalism, Publishing Studies

Whether in journalism or public-opinion research: in this field you are part of the exciting world of the media. You learn to produce media content and analyse developments in the media and their effects.

Language and Literary Studies

Are you interested in languages, reading, and communication? The field of language and literary studies deals with the different characteristics and functions of languages and language systems.

Library Science, Documentation

Library science and documentation is all about allocating, recording, and archiving data. This degree programme enables you to pursue a practice-oriented profession in the information industry.

Media Studies

In a degree programme in media studies, you will conduct scientific research on media and public communication. This field of study is interdisciplinary and includes topics from politics or economics.

Modern European Philologies, Miscellaneous

The field modern European philologies focuses on the literature, populations, and cultures associated with living European languages. The languages are studied from a literary and linguistic perspective.

Oriental Studies

The field of study oriental studies examines the religion, culture, language, and history of North Africa and the Near and Middle East in the past and present, focussing on the Islamic cultural area.


Are you interested in philosophical questions like what constitutes “good” and “evil”? Philosophy deals with human cognition and action and questions the concepts that we take for granted in everyday life.

Regional Studies

The field of study regional studies deals with various aspects of a specific region, such as Latin America, examining the region’s history, language, literature, society, politics, economy, and culture.

Romance Studies

The field of study focuses on the Romance language family, which includes, e.g., Italian and Spanish. You will not only deepen your linguistic skills, but also study humanities, culture, and literature.

Slavic Studies

Are you interested in Slavic languages and the cultures/literatures of Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe? Slavic studies impart linguistic, literary, and cultural knowledge of the Slavic languages.

Requirements and prospects

If you would like to study language and cultural studies, you should enjoy working with texts, theories, and methodologies. An interest in literary interpretation, history, and the social sciences is also of advantage. To study these subjects, you usually need a university entrance qualification (i.e., the German Abitur or an international equivalent), as these subjects are almost exclusively offered at universities.

With a few exceptions (for example, interpreting), degree programmes in the language and cultural studies subject group do not prepare you for a specific profession. However, many subjects in this area can be combined with other courses of study to prepare you for a specific career. With a degree in language and cultural studies, you can pursue a career in fields which are centred around cultural, communication, and language skills. These include, for example, positions in publishing, communication consulting, cultural institutions, research institutes, or tourism.

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