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MA Slavic and East European Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
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 Tuition fee

569.2 DEM
569.2 DEM
569.2 DEM

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International 0 DEM
National 0 DEM
Faculty of Modern Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

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About this course

The Master’s degree programme looks at the present state, and historical development, of Slavic languages, literature, culture and societies. Different focuses may be studied as part of the Slavic and East European degree programme. Literary Studies, Linguistics, East European History or a combination of two of these fields may be chosen as a focus. An open combination of two Slavic languages is also studied. The following East, West, and South Slavic languages are available: Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbian/Croatian and Bulgarian. If choosing East European History as a focus, an exception is made when combining languages. In this case, one of the Slavic languages chosen must be Russian.

The range of possible combinations of content and languages within the Slavic and East European Studies degree programme enables students to tailor their studies to their specific interests. The integral collaboration with the Department of East European History, the principle of studying the whole slavic area at the Institute of Slavic Studies, a strong comparative orientation, and the possibility of choosing lesser spoken languages - particularly Bulgarian, which is rarely available at German Universities - as a focus, all contribute to creating a special profile for the Slavic and East European Studies degree programme in Heidelberg.

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Eligibility Criteria

Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany
Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. 

International prospective students
Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Language requirements: one of the languages Russian, Czech, Polish, Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian (on application)
Language of instruction: German

International Students

Special arrangements apply for applicants from other countries. Information is available from the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University.Admission requirements for Heidelberg University’s undergraduate study programmes are a higher-education entrance qualification as well as very good German-language knowledge. Additional qualifications may be required for individual study programs. Detailed information on the special requirements in a given study programme can be found in the rules and regulations of admission.If your higher-education entrance qualification is not fully equivalent to the German “Abitur”, you will be required to pass an assessment test before you can begin your studies at Heidelberg University. The university’s “Studienkolleg” offers preparatory courses for this test.

Students who have been granted admission to one of these programmes are only allowed to matriculate if they can substantiate proficiency in German by one of the following certificates within the matriculation period given in the letter of admission:

DSH examination passed at a German university with a mark of “2.9” or better (old marking system) or at least 78% (new tiered system)
“Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “2.9” or better
“Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “bestanden” or better
“Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” of the Goethe Institute with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
Goethe-Zertifikat C1 of the Goethe-Institut with an overall mark of “2.9” or better (issued from 01.01.2012)
Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe-Institut (issued from 01.01.2012) with a mark of “bestanden” or better
“Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe” with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
TestDaF examination at TestDaF level (TDN) “5” in “Schriftlicher Ausdruck” and “Leseverstehen”, and at least TestDaF level “4” in “Mündlicher Ausdruck” and “Hörverstehen”
written examination in the subject “German” attested in the school leaving certificate after the secondary level with a mark of “2.9” or better, if there is a respective bilateral treaty with the other country
written examination in the subject “German” passed with a mark of “2.9” or better in the “Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an den Hochschulen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (so-called “Feststellungsprüfung”)
If a student has successfully completed a German Language and Literature programme of at least four years at a university abroad, he or she may request exemption from the DSH examination; the decision on whether exempt status is granted will be taken by the International Relations Office in agreement with the responsible commission of the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at Heidelberg University.

If none of the documents / certificates concerning the proficiency in German mentioned above is furnished, the applicant will be required to complete the DSH examination at Heidelberg University with the results / markings stipulated above prior to the beginning of his or her academic studies.

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Course Modules

Literary Studies as a Focus: Where a focus is placed on Literary Studies, the whole scope of Slavic Literary Studies including cultural and comparative questions, is reproduced in the two chosen Slavic languages. This focus also offers the opportunity for students to develop individual fields of their choice. It is ensured that all courses offered are in line with the programme's research focus.

Linguistics as a Focus: Linguistic research methods, and their present and past use with Slavic languages are at the core of the Linguistics focus. For the Master’s degree programme, two of the following fields can be chosen as the area of application: Russian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, or Croatian Studies (or Serbian Studies as an alternative to Czech Studies). The fields are studied taking relevant sociocultural conditions within the Slavic language community into account. This focus includes both the theoretical and practical fields of Slavic linguistics.

East European History as a Focus: The core of the focus on East European History concentrates on the history of the area in which Slavic languages are spoken, whilst taking the history of the Russian and Soviet empires into account. Using case studies, methods and theories relating to history are tested and discussed. East European History as a focus can only be chosen with a language combination including Russian and one further Slavic language (Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish, Serbian, or Czech).

Two Focuses of Choice: This alternative allows two of the three focuses (Literary Studies, Linguistics, East European History) to be selected. Basic knowledge in a further Slavic language is also taught or knowledge of a second Slavic language obtained through a Bachelor’s degree is extended. This alternative can be chosen if only one Slavic language was learnt during the Bachelor’s degree programme, or if a combination of two focuses is desired.

Subsidiary subject
Slavic and East European Studies can also be studied as the subsidiary subject of a Master’s programme. In this case, a Bachelor’s degree in Slavic Studies or a field relating to East Europe is not necessary. Depending on prior knowledge, the subsidiary subject provides introductory level (option 2) or advanced (option 1) exposure to a Slavic language and a general overview of past and present Slavic languages. The Master’s programme in Slavic Studies equates to 20 credits as a subsidiary subject.

The programme requires 20 credits be acquired in a subsidiary subject. Here is a list of all the subsidiary subjects.

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How to Apply

As part of your application must be submitted depending on the subject and term possibly different documents.

  • Printout of the online - application for authorization for authorization restrict Masters Courses for all applicants; If only public terminal master's degree program in the form desired on the department pages, for international applicants with the application for admission in conventional form
  • A copy of the university entrance qualification (eg Abitur, High School Diploma, Matura, etc.)
  • Foreign certificates must be submitted as notarized copy from the original with corresponding translation in English or German.
  • Copies acquired university certificates (transcript).
  • If the degree is not yet available by the end of the application period, satisfies a provisional certificate of the university over the hitherto services provided (Transcript), which provides evidence that the corresponding study is expected by the beginning of the semester for which applied for admission , will be completed. Please apply if possible by the Examination Office responsible for the specification of the average score of all hitherto provided services.
  • Unless it concerns foreign university qualifications, the accompanying university certificate (transcript) the grading system used at the foreign university (grading system) must also be apparent, as this is required to determine the German equivalent grade. In the Staff (grading system) needs both the identification of the minimum and the maximum scores to be achieved to be specified. 
  • Foreign documents must be submitted only with accompanying translation in English or German in certified copies.
  • Prospective students with study certificates from Mongolia, Vietnam and the PRC must include in their application for admission, an original of the GSP certificate of Ulaanbaatar / Mongolia and Hanoi / Vietnam or Beijing / PRC

More documents
Please inform yourself on the websites of the desired program exactly on the technical nature required in the admission regulations each additional documents that you must attach to your application for admission, if necessary, such as for example

  • curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Proof of language skills
  • Proof of vocational training, practical activities or other services
  • Summary of the thesis of your undergraduate degree program

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