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Study Modern European Philologies, Miscellaneous in Germany

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A programme in modern European philologies, miscellaneous deals with the literature, populations, and cultures associated with living European languages. The field of study includes, for example, Finnish studies, which examines the Finnish language, or Caucasian studies, which covers the approximately 40 languages of the Caucasus. In your studies, you will examine the languages from a literary and linguistic perspective.


9 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master


4-7 Semesters

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In contrast to classics or classical philology, modern philology refers to modern languages that are still spoken today. The field of study modern European philologies includes:

  • Albanian studies, which deals with the Albanian-speaking region.
  • Baltic studies, which covers the Baltic languages Latvian and Lithuanian.
  • Finnish studies, Hungarian studies, which examine the languages of Finland, Estonia, and Hungary.
  • Caucasian studies, which deals with about 40 languages spoken on the „mountain of languages“ in the Caucasus, including, e.g., Udish or Georgian.
  • Modern Greek studies, which deals with the Modern Greek language in the early modern era and the modern era.
  • Uralic studies, which deals with the Uralic languages.

You will study the mechanisms, structure, and content of literary texts as well as the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of the respective languages. In this way, you will acquire literary and linguistic knowledge. You will also explore the history, cultures, and peoples associated with the respective language areas. A comparative, contextualising perspective is also part of the programme and enables you to view your specialisation in the context of the entire European cultural area.

As a graduate of a degree programme in Modern European philologies, you can pursue a career in cultural management, education, intercultural communication, cultural tourism, or work in a museum, for example.

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