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Language and Cultural Studies

Study German Studies and Contemporary Germanic Languages in Germany

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In the field of study German studies and contemporary Germanic languages, you will learn about the history, structure, and functions of German and Germanic literature and culture. You will examine German and Germanic texts from the Middle Ages to the present and analyse them in a historical and systematic context. Your degree programme may focus on linguistics, medieval studies, or contemporary literature.


66 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Magister, State Examination

German, English, Dutch

2-10 Semesters

What content can I expect

The fields of study listed below deal with the linguistic and philological aspects of the German language or Germanic contemporary languages.

  • German as a foreign language
  • Frisian
  • German studies
  • Low German
  • Dutch studies
  • Nordic philology
  • Nordic studies
  • Scandinavian studies

During your studies, you will also become familiar with literary and cultural studies approaches and analyse texts from the Middle Ages to the present. No matter which degree programme you choose from the overview above, it will always fall into one the three following categories or focus areas:

  • Linguistics: Among other things, you will learn the phonetic and written system of the language and acquire oral competence as well as the ability to produce and understand texts.
  • Medieval studies: You will analyse texts from the Middle Ages.
  • Contemporary Literature: You will study texts from the 16th century to the present.

Pursuing a degree in German studies and contemporary Germanic languages requires a lot of reading. After all, the entire study programme is based on understanding and communicating texts and language. Therefore, you should find great enjoyment in reading and studying languages.

German studies is one of the most popular subjects in Germany. After graduation, you are not limited to a specific profession. You can work in fields like literary and cultural education, publishing, general education, and counselling. Many students will also work as teachers after graduation. For this, however, you must also obtain a teaching degree.

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