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Russophone studies




The Bachelor's programme "Russophone Studies" will start in the winter semester 2020/21. It combines the major subject Russian Studies/Russian with the minor subject Eastern European History. The subject of the programme is the analysis of the language, literature, culture and history of Russia as well as Russian-speaking cultures outside of Russia (especially in the former Soviet republics and Germany). The specialist academic education is flanked by intensive Russian language training for students of all language levels - from beginners to native speakers.


Duration of studies

6 semesters - 180 credit points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the study programme

The Bachelor's programme is composed of:

  • an extensive major in Russian Studies/Russian and
  • a minor in Eastern European History


Major subject Russian Studies / Russian

In the main subject Russian Studies/Russian you will deal literary and cultural studies and linguistics. Intensive practical language training will be of particular importance.


Minor subject Eastern European History

In the minor subject Eastern European History you will deal with various aspects of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. The historical method with heuristics, criticism and interpretation will be of particular importance.


The programme qualifies students for an academic career as well as for a wide range of professional fields such as business, cultural and political institutions, journalism, publishing, public employers, the media, etc. Through early contact with interdisciplinary research, the programme offers an excellent basis for interdisciplinary Master's programmes.



Commencement of studies

only in the winter semester

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or comparable qualification), Fachhochschule entrance qualification, master craftsman's examination, higher education entrance qualification for professionally qualified persons. More...
  • Proof of internship (pre-study internship) is not required.
  • Please note that applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification are also required to provide proof of German language skills. More...

Application / Enrolment

The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited.
The application for the winter semester 2020/21 must be received by the Registrar's Office of the University of Giessen by September 30, 2020. Application portal

Please note that deadline extensions can be decided for degree programmes with no intake limitation. These are published in the application portal.

Different rules may apply to international applicants. More...

Please note:
This year, other application and enrolment deadlines may apply.
Please refer to this page for information on the deadlines.


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Study counseling

Study guidance


Slavic studies

Contact persons in the Department of Slavic Studies
Philosophikum I, Haus D, Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, 35394 Giessen

Eastern European History

Contact persons in the History Department
Philosophikum I C/E/G, 35394 Giessen


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Central Study Service 2

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