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German Language and Literature, Department

Neuphilologische Fakultät at the Uni Heidelberg


Germanistisches Seminar

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Basic information

Teaching staff in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department no data
Total number of students 250 *
Number of master degree students 70

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 62.1 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's <10 graduades/year in at least one of the years surveyed; source: department survey

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 3/9 points
International orientation, master's 5/9 points
Outgoing students 4.0 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.2
Support in studies 2.7
Courses offered 2.5
Study organisation 2.2
Exams 2.7
Research orientation 2.0
Job market preparation 3.3
Support for stays abroad 2.5
Rooms 2.2
Library 1.7
IT-infrastructure 2.1
Overall study situation 2.3

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 940
Teacher qualification programmes no data
Teacher qualification centre Link
Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department none
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About studying German Language and Literature in Germany
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The Heidelberg German Studies department offers all three sub-areas of German Studies with Linguistics (https://www.gs.uni-heidelberg.de/abteilungen/linguistik/), Modern Literature (https://www.gs.uni-heidelberg.de/abteilungen/ndl/) and Medieval Studies(https://www.gs.uni-heidelberg.de/abteilungen/mediaevistik/index.html). The subject has a historical orientation with a focus on literature - language - knowledge. Lecturers from art sections, literary archives and publishing houses, as well as the poetics lectureship, draw connections to their profession.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Thanks to Erasmus agreements with 30 foreign universities, the German Studies degree courses in Heidelberg are part of a very good international network. There are also two DAAD-funded institute partnerships with the universities in Budapest and Wrocław with regular exchanges, the faculty-wide European Centre for Linguistics was also established. Lectures by visiting academics, international research projects and collaborations with international universities (Paris, Sorbonne) complete the programme.: compare https://www.gs.uni-heidelberg.de/studium/erasmus.html
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    University of London, England; Oxford University, England; Kopenhagen, Dänemark; Sorbonne Paris, Frankreich
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    The department has a library with approx. 100,000 volumes, WiFi reception, 13 internet-enabled PCs, a PC room with 15 workstations, a fully equipped media room, fixed and transportable projectors and four copiers (two for students, two for staff). Research can be carried out online with all common German Studies databases and dictionaries.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    In all three departments there are large-scale third-party-funded projects (DFG, Academy of Sciences), for example on the epic poems of the early modern period, on the formation of patterns for collective decision-making in contemporary language, or on ma
  • Other special features
    German studies in Heidelberg offers the full spectrum and includes the departments of medieval studies (older language and literature), linguistics and modern German literature studies. Dedicated and excellent teaching staff guarantee a diverse range of courses with theoretical and methodological reflection and close practical and research relevance. There is a poetics lectureship with public lectures and accompanying courses for students, the Brentano Literature Prize with a student jury, a theatre working group and a German studies choir.
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Last update 2019: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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