Slavic Literatures (Focus area in the BA Literatures - Cultures - Languages) – Bachelor of Arts

Starting in the winter semester 2023/24, the major in Slavic Literatures will be replaced by the new Bachelor's programme in Literatures - Cultures - Languages (LKS). In this new study programme, students choose one of seven possible specializations at the application process. Slavic Literatures is one possible specialization in the new BA Literatures - Cultures - Languages.

If you are studying a different bachelor's programme in the humanities, you can also select this study programme as a minor subject.

In Slavic Literatures at the University of Konstanz you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on Russian literature, and additionally cover the literatures and languages of the eastern and south-eastern European peoples (e.g. Polish, Czech and south-Slavic literatures). You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority. The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the Slavic languages. In the practical courses you will improve your own skills in Russian and another Slavic language.

  • Bachelor of Arts
Start of study
  • Winter semester
Standard period of study
  • 6 Semester
Application period
  • 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restriction
  • No
Mandatory minor
  • No
ECTS Credits
  • 180
Ø Number of new students
  • 10

Why study Slavic Literatures (Focus area in the BA Literatures - Cultures - Languages) in Konstanz?

  • Core competencies in reading and writing analytically.
  • Based on current research in literature and cultural sciences
  • Interdisciplinary and practical orientation
  • Active participation in small groups
  • A broad range of interdisciplinary courses through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies, history and sociology.

Study content


Career prospects

Graduates have career prospects in numerous fields.

Typical work areas include:

  • Economic businesses and companies
  • Public service (as translator, teacher)
  • Research
  • Foundations, associations and publishing houses (e.g. as publishing editor)
  • Libraries, documentation centres
  • Media (e.g. newspapers, radio, TV)
  • Cultural field (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)
  • Press and public relations, marketing, advertising, tourism

Your minor subject choice can sharpen your profile and qualify you for a specific area of work. Additional competencies in economics increase your job prospects e.g. in the area of cultural management, while you might need political and historical knowledge in journalism.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further you can continue with one of our master's programmes: Literature (Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies) or Eastern European Studies: History-Media.

Study structure

Start of study

Winter semester

Study structure

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

These documents will support you in planning your studies:

Opportunities for additional training

At the University of Konstanz, you have a broad range of opportunities and training options that complement your study programme, for example orientation programmes to support new students, learning guidance, language courses, a data and information literacy programme as well as options promoting career-oriented skills and social commitment.

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Internships and stays abroad


You must complete work experience of at least 2 months during the semester break. The department and our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Stay abroad

A study abroad stay is highly recommended. The 5th semester is the best time for a semester abroad. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.

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Study requirements

Admission requirements for studying

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.

Further information can be found in the admission regulations.


Semester fee
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Required language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document your knowledge of a foreign language other than the language included in your major subject by the date you register for your bachelor's examination at the latest. If you have taken at least three years of language classes in school (grade "sufficient" or better in the last year) you can submit your school certificate. Alternatively you can acquire a corresponding certificate at our Language Institute (SLI).

German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Teaching and examination language

The languages of instruction and examinations are German, Russian and English.

Interests and skills

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Passion for Slavic languages
  • You are interested in history and culture in the Slavic language area
  • very good ability to express yourself in German and Russian 


Application and application documents

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.09.
There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website .


Contact person

The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) can help you with general questions about finding the right study programme as well as when you are concerned or unsure about your studies. We will be happy to advise you and support you with a wide range of services .

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)
Room: D 409 – 412a
Make an appointment:

Questions related to the content or organization of the study programme:
Departmental student advisory service
Dr. Daniel Hütter
Room: H 210
Phone: +49 7531 88-2421

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