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German Language and Literature, Department

Philosophische Fakultät at the Uni Potsdam

Institut für Germanistik

  • Am Neuen Palais 10
  • 14469 Potsdam
  • Phone: +49 331 977-4215
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Basic information

Teaching in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department 26
Total number of students 880
Number of master degree students 60

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 12/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 37.1 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 29.7 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

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Digital teaching elements
Teaching foreign language skills
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Overall study situation

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 550
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
    Research-, practice-oriented and interdisciplinary and methodologically demanding seminars (practice module: ‘Archive, book culture and institutions of literature in German’, ‘Cultural contact, literary transfer and interdisciplinarity’), including with a digital orientation; international cooperation arrangements; comparative Germanic orientation; interdisciplinary associations and networks (e.g. Early Modernity Centre [Frühneuzeitzentrum], campus schools); extensive opportunities for further education in teaching for lecturers; practical and empirical work; outstanding support ratio.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Development of "blended mobility" teaching concepts, particularly in the framework of the Erasmus+ Strategic University Partnerships ‘Media Practices of the Enlightenment’ (2016-2019, with the universities of Bordeaux, Riga and Tartu), the Erasmus+ Strategic University Partnership ‘The Future of Cultural Heritage in Modern Europe’ (2019-2022, with the universities of Krakow, Bologna, Riga, Athens, Bordeaux, Luxembourg, Copenhagen); Institute partnership in Germanic studies Potsdam-Tartu; Part-time pursuit of Germanic studies for foreign students of German language and literature; Erasmus partnerships (currently 10 countries).
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Access to the database information system in the section for German Studies, Dutch Philology, Scandinavian Studies; in the German as a foreign language/German as a second language field, access to specific digital databases and collections of texts available in print, as well as self-created corpora; in the German linguistics/language usage field, access to specific audiovisual corpora (e.g. LEKI, KIKi, StudI); Eye-tracking laboratory under development.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    Digital Humanities; Computational Literary Studies; Subproject on ‘Philology’ in the BMBF research project ‘FoLD. Research | Learning. Digital:; Close cooperation with cultural institutions and literary archives; Comparative Germanic orientation in areas of research focus and projects; Trilateral research conferences (e.g. France, Italy); Linguistic research projects; Participation in research groups on language contact; Multilingualism Research; DFG project on ‘Interactional Linguistics’ (national & international university cooperation arrangements).
  • Other special features
    Counselling towards degree completion.
  • Further information on research activities
  • Information on access restrictions
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Last update 2022: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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