Slavonic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Arts
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

Students in the Master of Arts in Slavonic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures can choose between three specialisation areas:

  • Slavonic Studies with an Eastern focus
  • Slavonic Studies with a Southern focus
  • Eastern European Cultural Studies

The Slavonic Studies with an Eastern focus option has the primary goal of improving students' knowledge and understanding of the language, literature, and culture of Russia as well as one or two other countries: Poland and the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, or Serbia and Croatia.

The Slavonic Studies with a Southern focus option emphasises the languages, literatures, and cultures of Southern Slavonic peoples in their historic and modern-day forms. Its scope includes Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Bulgaria. It also addresses the many cultural and ethnic connections on the Balkan peninsula. Study of the Russian language is a secondary component of this programme.

The Eastern European Cultural Studies option teaches advanced skills and methods for studying Slavic literature and linguistics as well as the history of Eastern Europe. In addition to Russian, students may take language courses in Polish, Czech, and/or Georgian.

Finally, students are encouraged to take additional courses from disciplines such as political science, cultural management, intercultural business communication, Caucasus studies, and Russian law.

Special features

Finally, students are encouraged to take additional courses from disciplines such as political science, cultural management, intercultural business communication, Caucasus studies, and Russian law.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme may go on to earn a Ph.D. in the field or seek positions with the media (publishing, radio, television), museums, libraries, archives, adult education providers, public relations, tourism, multinational corporations, or national and international organisations.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree. Depending on the selection of the specialization, at least 60 credits (ECTS) are required:

  • Profile Slavonic Studies with an Eastern focus: 60 credits (ECTS) in East-Slavonic Studies
  • Profile Slavonic Studies with a Southern focus: 60 credits (ECTS) in South-Slavonic Studies
  • Profile Eastern European Cultural Studies: 60 credits (ECTS) in Slavonic Studies, History, Political Science, Cultural Management or Caucasian Studies.

​The overall grade (CGPA) of the bachelor's degree must be GOOD or better (German and US systems).

language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:

Profile "Slavonic Studies with an Eastern focus":

  • proficiency in Russian at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • proficiency in another Slavonic language on level A2 (CEFR) to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester


Profile "Slavonic Studies with a Southern focus":

  • proficiency in Russian on level A2 (CEFR)
  • proficiency in a South-Slavonic language on level B1 (CEFR) to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester


Profile "Eastern European Cultural Studies":

  • proficiency in Russian on level B1 (CEFR)
  • proficiency in another Slavonic language on level A2 (CEFR) or in Georgian to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester


International applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent).

Application documents

CV Expand entry

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Expand entry

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?

 

University entrance qualification certificate Expand entry

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Expand entry

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Expand entry

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Expand entry

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Expand entry

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of language proficiency Expand entry

You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

Profile Slavonic Studies with an Eastern focus:

  • proficiency in Russian on level B1 (CEFR)
  • proficiency in another Slavonic language on level A2 (CEFR), to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester

Profile Slavonic Studies with a Southern focus:

  • proficiency in Russian on level A2 (CEFR), to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester
  • proficiency in a South-Slavonic language on level B1 (CEFR)

Profile Eastern European Cultural Studies:

  • proficiency in Russian on level B1 (CEFR), to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester
  • proficiency in another Slavonic language on level A2 (CEFR), to be demonstrated at the latest before the beginning of the 3rd programme semester (when demonstrating proficiency in another language than Georgian)

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Expand entry

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.


Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Expand entry

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS Expand entry

Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Expand entry

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")

Contacts

Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Andrea Meyer-Fraatz
Student Tutor - Marina Dusowski
Opening hours:
by arrangement
Master Service Centre
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by Service Desk, live chat, Zoom, post and telephone. You find details at 'Consulting Services' on our website.

Please direct your enquiries via Service Desk at www.uni-jena.de/service-msz.
Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
Academic Office for Student Affairs and Examinations
Opening hours:
Please contact us by phone or via our ticket system.

Telephone enquiries:
Monday und Friday 9:00 to 11:00
Wednesday 13:00 to 15:00

The ASPA is mainly responsible for students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Theology.
Student Representatives Slavic Studies
Central Academic Advisory Service