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Scandinavian Studies (B.A) (2 subjects)

Interdisciplinary and intermedial North European research: Scandinavian Studies at Göttingen cover languages, literature, cultures and the history of the north from the migration period up to the present day. Study programme: the languages Old Norse, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Faroese and literature created in these languages – from the Songs of the Skald up to Stieg Larsson's thrillers; the mysterious runes; the innovative Scandinavian music, theatre and art scene; documentaries and films. Close contacts in the area of studies facilitate field trips as well as semesters and internships abroad.

Subject: Scandinavian Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semester
Starting semester: Winter semester
Language requirements: No previous knowledge required
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2019/20:

  • 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)

Scandinavian Studies ("Skandinavistik") as part of a B.A. degree
The subject is divided into three main parts, comprising knowledge of a Scandinavian language as well as the fields of Medieval and Modern Scandinavian Literature; the focus of the B.A. programme is on languages, literature and culture of Scandinavia from the Middle Ages to today.
Students choose one of the Scandinavian languages offered by the Scandinavian department, namely Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. They are introduced to the aims and methods of Medieval and Modern Scandinavian Literature in two basic modules. Their knowledge is deepened and broadened in subsequent seminars and lectures as well as in the module "Freie Studien" which gives students the opportunity to supplement their skills according to their own needs and wishes.

Students intending to write their Bachelor's thesis in Scandinavian Studies and to continue their studies with an M.A. programme should choose the profile "Fachwissenschaftliche Vertiefung".

It is advisable for students to broaden their competencies by acquiring additional language skills and other key qualifications offered by other subjects.

Students may complete part of their studies abroad; teaching is generally in Scandinavian for the language courses, but seminars and lectures about literature and culture are, due to the high level of complexity, held in German.