German Language and Culture

The Department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University Bratislava is the oldest and the largest academic German studies department in Slovakia. It was founded in 1923 and traditionally trains future teachers of German as well as translators and interpreters in the language areas mentioned above. The Department offers study at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree levels.

Field of Study: philology, majoring in translation and interpreting

The Bachelor’s degree (3 years) has an overview character. It focuses on the study of linguistic subjects, history of German literature as well as history and contemporary topics of German-speaking countries. Students are introduced to the basics of translation in their first year. A prerequisite for mastering the study is language training in practical language exercises at the B2 to C1 levels. Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree can apply for the Master’s degree in both the field of Translation and Interpreting and the field of Teaching Academic Subjects.

In the Master’s degree (2 years), students specialise in the theoretical and practical aspects of translatology (professional and artistic translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, modern literature and the culture of German-speaking countries), as well as in selected linguistic disciplines. Teaching is at the C2 level.

Profile subjects from the secondary school are German and Slovak. Applicants whose mother tongue is not Slovak must have at least a C1 level of Slovak at the beginning of their study.  

Career opportunities in practice: Graduates are mainly employed as translators and interpreters in various fields – in top institutions at the government or parliamentary level, in the European Commission, the European Parliament, in branches of foreign banks and financial institutions in Slovakia, in diplomacy, but also as translators, sub-editors or editors in the publishing sphere. Outstanding graduates may apply for Doctoral study. All three degrees of study offer abundant opportunities for study abroad.



Applicants will be admitted to all study programmes combining German language and culture (with the exception of the English Language and Culture and German Language and Culture study programmes and the German Language and Culture and Spanish Language and Culture study programmes, where the general aptitude test will be replaced by a second language test) on the basis of the general aptitude test and the German language test of the National Comparative , which is provided by, s. r. o. Applicants to the German Language and Culture (in combination) study programme who have taken part in the German Language Olympiad or Internationale Deutscholympiade (Goethe Institute) or Jugend debattiert international (Goethe Institute) competitions at national level and came 1st, 2nd or 3rd do not have to take the German language test in the National Comparative Exam.

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