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German Language and Literature, Department

Neuphilologische Fakultät at the Uni Heidelberg

Germanistisches Seminar

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Basic information

Teaching in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department 7
Total number of students 1,060
Number of master degree students 80

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 8/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 70.7 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.0
Support in studies 2.6
Courses offered 2.1
Study organisation 2.1
Exams 2.4
Digital teaching elements 2.6
Teaching foreign language skills 2.7
Research orientation 1.8
Rooms 2.3
Library 1.8
IT-infrastructure 2.2
Overall study situation 2.4

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 740
Teacher qualification programmes
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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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The Heidelberg German Studies department offers all three sub-areas of German Studies: Linguistics, Modern German, and Literature and Medieval Studies. 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 is also a DAAD-funded institute partnership with the University of Breslau with regular exchanges; the department-wide European Centre for Linguistics has also been established. Lectures by visiting academics, international research projects and collaborations with international universities (Paris, Sorbonne) complete the programme.
  • 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). All rooms are equipped for hybrid teaching. 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 materials for text cultures (Collaborative Research Centre). In the field of edition studies, there are large edition projects of the works of Franz Kafka and of the notebooks of Bertolt Brecht.
  • 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 an MA double degree with Paris, a broad array of Erasmus offers, a lectureship in poetics with public lectures and accompanying courses for students, the Brentano Literature Award with a student jury, a theatre working group and a German studies choir.
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