About the subject

The German section at the Department of Slavic and Baltic languages, Finnish, Dutch and German offers courses in German at all levels, from beginners’ to postgraduate level courses.

German is one of the most important languages of Europe, and it is the native language of over 100 million people. It is an official language in three states: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. German has an important role as an intermediary language in Europe, due to the significant economic and cultural position of Germany in this part of the world. For centuries, Germany and Austria have influenced Swedish culture in areas such as music, art and literature.

Teaching within the German section is oriented towards the study of the German language, German literatures and cultures.  Some courses emphasize language skills and capabilities to communicate in German in both speech and writing, while others impart knowledge about the literature, history and sociology of the German-speaking countries, as well as about the structure of the language.

Career opportunities

Germany is the largest and most important trading partner of Sweden, and for that reason, good skills in German are in high demand on the labor market.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in German you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

The bachelor’s degree in German is only offered in Swedish.

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A master’s degree in German can only be obtained through enrolment in one of the programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

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The department’s research in the field of German studies is multifaceted and spans the following subjects: language and culture, language and power, comparative text linguistics, (political) discourse analysis, cultural learning and language didactics, historical genre studies, Early Modern literature, collective identities and cultural memory, literature and multilingualism, the literature of exile, cosmopolitanism and world literature.