Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Slavonic Languages and Literatures


Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

see; with or without numerus clausus

Combinations and Course structure

Slavic Languages and Literatures can be studied as

Core subject:  120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected, except from Russian if Russian is selected as core subject's main language
Second subject: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject to be selected, except from Russian if Russian is selected as second subject's main language

Please see ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses’. You will also find information about combination options there. For information on the range of subjects, see the current ‘Course catalogue’.

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Language skills

The following languages may be selected as core and second subjects: Polish, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Czech/Slovak. Language skills are expected but do not need to be proven upon enrolment. Students without language skills can complete a preparatory tutorial programme. An adequate knowledge of German and English is also required.

Study programme abroad

A one-semester study abroad period or four-week stay abroad is scheduled for the core subject in module 7 and for the second subject in module 7a.

Why study Slavonic Languages and Literatures at HU?

The subject is part of the field of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Slavonic Studies examines the Slavonic languages, literatures and cultures. Solid foreign language training in the selected Slavonic language goes hand in hand with the acquisition of specialist skills. The course deals with linguistic and literary studies phenomena, but also includes historical, regional studies and cultural studies issues.

Course objectives

The course provides fundamental specialist knowledge of the languages, literatures and cultures listed above using selected thematic focuses. This knowledge covers both historic-diachronic and synchronic aspects of study materials, and includes inter-cultural relationships. As well as study content relating to individual languages, the course also looks at comparative Slavonic and comparative linguistics aspects. The course aims to provide the ability to handle texts analytically; acquire key techniques of scientific and systematic work, research, written and oral presentation - the focus of learning communicative skills is the acquisition of a foreign language; develop complex scientific interrelations between specialist history and culture and critically engage with scientific theories and methods, as well as to independently develop scientific enquiries; provide career-related additional qualifications and career-orienting elements e.g. in the fields of media, publishing, cultural management, activity in international organisations and further education.

Content of studies

The best way to find information on course content is to use the course regulations (, no. 70/2014) and the annotated university calendar ( You can also consult the Course Advisory Service.

Core subject Slavonic Languages and Literatures with 120 CP

Mandatory Modules (80 CP)
Module 01: Introduction to Literature Studies, 6 CP
Module 02: Introduction to Linguistics, 6 CP

Module 03a: Language Practice Basic Qualifications A1 or
Module 03b: Language Practice I A2+, each 6 CP
Module 04a: Language Practice Basic Qualifications A2 or
Module 04b: Language Practice II B1, each 5 CP

Module 05: Methodological Focusing, 7 CP

Module 06a: Language Practice I A2+  or
Module 06b: Language Practice III B1+, each 6 CP
Module 07a: Language Practice II B1 or
Module 07b: Language Practice IV B2, each 5 CP

Module 08: Literature Studies -Text and Media Analyses, 7 CP
Module 09: Linguistics - Structure, Text and Context, 7 CP

Module 10: In-depth Studies in the Specialist Discipline Abroad or
Module 11: In-depth Studies in the Specialist Discipline Inland, each 15 CP

Module 13: Bachelor's Thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory Elective Modules (20 CP)

Students must select modules summing up to 20 CP out of module package I and module package II, 10 CP per module package are required.

Module Package I
Module 14: Comparative Literature, 5 CP
Module 15: Literature and Culture Theory, 5 CP
Module 16: Linguistic Theory, 5 CP
Module 17: Linguistic Technology and Corpus Linguistics, 5 CP
Module 18: Historical Linguistic Perspectives, 5 CP
Module 19: Additional Language Practice A1, 5 CP
Module 20: Additional Language Practice A2, 5 CP
Module 21: Linguistic Focusing - Language Practice IV B2, 5 CP

Module Package II

Module 22: Practical Orientation, 5 CP or 10 CP
Module 23: Internship, 10 CP
Module 24: Language Learning and Multilinguism, 5 CP
Module 25: Additional Language Practice A1, 5 CP
Module 26: Additional Language Practice A2, 5 CP
Module 27: Linguistic Focusing - Language Practice IV B2, 5 CP

General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 20 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see:

Second subject Slavonic Languages and Literatures with 60 CP

Modules 1 to 9 from core subject, in total 55 CP

Module 12: In-depth Studies in the Specialist Discipline (Second Subject), 5 CP

General elective course offerings for students coming from other courses of studies

Module 28: Slavonic Literature Studies, 10 CP
Module 29: Slavonic Linguistics, 10 CP

Master’s degree

You will find the HU programmes in the Course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies: Dorotheenstr. 65,, Tel. + 49 30 2093-73350
Course Advisory Service for prospective students: Dr. Kazalarska, room 5.26, Tel. +49 30 2093-73367,
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: 
Dr. Wapenhans, room 5.68, Tel. +49 30 2093-73358,
Applications:  How to apply, Information for prospective international students

Links to job market: careers information centre, Hochschulteam calendar of events

Version: November 2023
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