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Russian (B.A.) (2 subjects/teaching profession)

You want to be a teacher and Russian is the subject you want to teach? Here, you will receive intensive practical language training even without prior knowledge. In addition, you can achieve a comprehensive language and literature-based qualification in the field of Russian Studies. A further focus of the degree programme is the provision of specialised didactic knowledge. Currently, the degree programme can be combined with six other subjects (modern languages and mathematics).


Subject name: Russian
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects/teaching profession)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Starting semester: Winter semester only
Language requirements: None
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)



Subject description
The subject Slavic Studies deals with the languages, cultures and literature of the Slavic speaking regions. The content and objectives of the programme for a teaching profession for Russian are especially (a) acquiring extensive active and passive language competence in Russian; (b) acquiring cultural knowledge on Eastern Europe and on the cultural network of this region with the rest of Europe, (c) acquiring the capability to prepare and convey information from the Slavic speaking region (especially Russian speaking region) as well as linguistic and literary knowledge of Russian under pedagogical and didactical aspects of teaching at Gymnasium, (d) acquiring extensive knowledge on the structure and history of Russian as well as on Russian culture and literature.


Research foci in Göttingen
The subject Slavic Studies is represented in Göttingen by a chair for literary science as well as one for linguistics. In both areas, the main research topics are connected with synchronic, historical - and not only inner slavistic - comparative issues.


Language requirements to be fulfilled during studies
Graduates of the Bachelor subject "Russian for a teaching profession" should acquire a high level of competence in the Russian language, suitable for teaching Russian. Objective of the language training is the level B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Programme structure
Students will take language course modules according assigned to them on the basisof existing language skills. If necessary, students will take an intensive course between the 1st and 2nd semester of language education. After completing a module introducing to scientific working methods, students will complete specialised modules on literary science and linguistics.


Combination possibilities
The possible combination of subjects for a teaching profession is regulated by the programme regulation. Generally, the subject Russian can be combined with the following languages offered in Göttingen: German, English, French, Spanish, Latin and Mathematics.


Occupational fields
In connection with the consecutive programme Master of Education (M.Ed.), the programme Russian (B.A.) (two subjects/ teaching profession) qualifies graduates in particular for a teaching position for Russian at the Gymnasium. The programme, however, also conveys the general culture competence necessary for economic, political and social activities in the Russian speaking region.