Stockholm university


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.

Subject description

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 countries: 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 regionally. For centuries, Germany and Austria have influenced Swedish culture in areas such as music, art and literature.

Teaching within the German section is oriented toward 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 as well as the structure of the language while others impart knowledge about the literature, history and sociology of German-speaking countries.

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 labour market.

Courses and programmes


You may study German as a complementary part of another programme (as a Minor) or as a complete programme which may lead to a Ph.D. degree. You may also study German within the programmes listed under Education.


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.