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New Master’s Program on Intercultural German Studies offers a nationwide unique combination of Intercultural Literary Studies and German as a Foreign or Second Language

The Institute of German Studies and Communication (IGSC) at Chemnitz University of Technology is offering a new Master’s Program on Intercultural German Studies starting in winter semester 2018/19. In times of globalization and migration, the aim of this program is to enable graduates to actively participate in the shaping of a society that is constantly changing. The Master’s Course is targeted at graduates of humanities and social sciences who wish to enhance their profile in the direction of intercultural literature or interculturally informed German language teaching.

Innovative and unique nationwide

The Intercultural German Studies Master’s Program combines comparative literary hermeneutics and language didactics – including epistemic cultures, science, and technology as well as technical and academic language. “Literature has always been one of the most important media to mirror, reflect, and often critically present intercultural phenomena and encounters in a number of different ways. Due to the close interlocking of medieval, early modern and modern literature, we are able to fully comprehend these processes in their historical depth”, says Prof. Dr. Bernadette Malinowski, Professor for Modern German and Comparative Literature at Chemnitz University of Technology. “Language is the central cultural medium, even in its technical and academic varieties. We must learn to see German from a foreign perspective and in relation to other languages,” adds Winfried Thielmann, Professor for German as a Foreign or Second Language.

Within the program, students are able to specialize in either intercultural literature or German as a foreign or second language while still obtaining an overall qualification in Intercultural German Studies.  “Our Master’s Program is not only unique in terms of its specialization options; it is also very special in that it is supported by three full professorships as well as further exciting options offered by colleagues from the Institute as well as from the School of Arts,” says Bernadette Malinowski.

Numerous career prospects

Graduates of the Master’s Program Intercultural German Studies obtain a qualification profile that allows them to work in all public and private sector institutions that require linguistically reflected intercultural competencies. Graduates specializing in intercultural literary studies typically work in publishing or in cultural foundations, but increasingly find new prospects in community or academic integration. Graduates specializing in German as a Foreign and Second Language typically teach German at all levels within a wide range of domestic public and private programs as well as at language schools and universities abroad.

If you would like to talk to us personally, please visit us on Open Day from 2pm till 6 pm on May 5th, 2018:

For individual consulting needs, please contact our advisor Dr. Christoph Grube, phone +49 371 531 34447, email .

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(Translation: Alissa Hölzel)

Matthias Fejes

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