How can I study Slavic culture

Studying Slavic Studies abroad

Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Russia are geographically closer to Germany than the USA or Australia. Even so, many people know relatively little about these countries. There is talk of the “wild”, “unknown” and even “mysterious” East. There are many historical, economic and cultural relationships between Germany and its eastern neighbors. And works by authors like Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy or composers like Tchaikovsky are world famous. In the course of the EU's eastward enlargement, the Eastern European countries have moved further into our consciousness. Anyone who really wants to understand the culture, economy and society of the individual countries could be in the right place in the Slavic Studies course.

Course content in the subject of Slavic Studies

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In Slavic Studies, the Slavic languages ​​such as Polish, Russian, Croatian and others as well as the associated cultures are illuminated.

Degree courses in the field of Slavic Studies examine the Slavic languages ​​and cultures. The main Slavic languages ​​are:

  • the East Slavic languages Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian
  • the West Slavic languages Polish and Czech
  • South Slavic languages like Croatian, Bosnian or Serbian

Bachelor degree

The focus of a Slavic studies course is the Language acquisitionas this forms the basis for understanding the culture of the individual countries. At most universities, students choose to start with two Slavic languagesthat will be the focus of the course in the following years. The “main avalanche” at most universities is Russian. Which other Slavic language the students can choose depends on the offer of the respective university.

The course itself is then divided into Sub-areas

In the practical language exercises the students gradually get to know the vocabulary and grammar of the languages ​​they have chosen. You translate texts and practice oral and written conversation. In the Linguistics analyze the languages ​​more closely. You will learn, for example, how individual sounds are formed in the mouth and throat or shed light on the historical development of the respective language. In the Literary studies the students read the works of famous classical and contemporary authors and get an overview of the literary history of the respective country. In the cultural studies subjects after all, it is about the culture, politics, religion, economy and society of the Slavic countries.

Master's degree

Those who want to qualify for management positions and activities in research and science after completing their bachelor's degree should follow a master’s degree. This offers the opportunity to to specialize in one of the areas of linguistics, literature or cultural studies. Teacher training courses are also offered with didactic and pedagogical content.

Requirements for studying Slavic Studies

As a rule, no knowledge of the Slavic language is required for studying Slavic Studies. Applicants should, however a certain talent for languages bring along and prepare for a very intensive study. Language skills in English or French should be available in order to understand the specialist literature written in these languages.

Slavic studies and then? Occupational fields

Many Slavic students study to become a teacher. They usually go after the first state examination or the master’s degree as a Russian teacher in the school service. But there are also outside of the classroom diverse professional fields for Slavists.

In the cultural sector, for example, work in museums, archives and libraries is an option. If you are drawn to the media, you can work as a journalist or in the fields of advertising and PR. A political career is also possible, for example in the diplomatic service. In addition, graduates work in the tourism industry, in management consultancies and in adult education. Master's graduates also have the opportunity to do a doctorate and embark on an academic career.

Reasons for studying Slavic Studies abroad

A semester abroad is for Slavic students compulsory. Only on site do they have the opportunity to consolidate their language skills and really get to know the culture of the respective country. In addition, they acquire during their studies abroad intercultural competencesthat are increasingly in demand in professional life. Students can also build up a network of international contacts while studying abroad.