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German Language and Literature, Department

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät at the HU Berlin

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

  • Dorotheenstraße 24
  • 10117 Berlin
  • Phone: +49 30 2093-9604
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Basic information

Teaching staff in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department 25
Total number of students 540 *
Number of master degree students 130

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 6/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 71.7 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 46.2 %

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 3/9 points
International orientation, master's 4/9 points
Outgoing students 4.0 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Research orientation
Job market preparation
Support for stays abroad
Overall study situation

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 320 *
Teacher qualification programmes German (B, optional teacher qualification)
Teacher qualification centre Link
Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department yes, please see department website
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The special features of the teaching lies in the design of the introductory and final phases. Basic linguistic knowledge is taught at the beginning in medium-sized seminar groups and tutorials, which offer plenty of opportunities for discussion. Over the course of the degree the teaching increasingly focuses on theoretical contents and basics of empirical research. This allows students to work on current research issues, especially during their final dissertations. The classes are taught in English.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    The linguistics and literature studies faculty is clearly committed to internationalism and the associated measures to promote the mobility of students and teaching staff. It is for this reason that the faculty has established a coordination office for international matters. This office guarantees continuity in the planning and execution of new strategies to increase mobility as well as targeted, on-site internationalisation. This office also provides a reliable contact point for both staff and students.
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    University of Oxford; University of Cambridge; Université Paris IV-Sorbonne; Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia; Universität Wien; Eötvös Loránd Tudomànyegyetem (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest); Univerzita Karlova v Praze (Charles University, Prag)
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Modern seminar building containing the required technical facilities; state-of-the-art library (Grimm-Zentrum); Moodle programme; online course catalogue; online examination administration; The strong empirical orientation of the Institute for German Language and Linguistics is reflected, among other things, in the existence and intensive use of the two phonetics and psycholinguistics laboratories.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    The institute has recently acquired funding for a number of research projects. The main focus is currently on the fields of corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics and typology. An SFB application on the subject of "registers", which involves all areas of l
  • Other special features
    Close collaboration with the guidance centre for students with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Continuous training of employees of the examination office on compensation for disadvantages; High intercultural competence transfer through international mobility
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Last update 2019: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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