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Scandinavian Literary and Cultural History

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The impact of Scandinavian literatures and cultures manifests itself not only in their significant contributions to world literature, but also in their nearly ubiquitous influences on global everyday and popular cultures. 
The rapid modernization of Scandinavian countries has resulted in nations that count themselves among the happiest in the world - while at the same time the contradictions of modern societies are clearly evident. The great cultural past is also very present in the present - in a tradition that can be traced back to pre-Christian times, produced unique texts in the Middle Ages, and shaped pan-European literature in the modern era. 
We want to introduce you to the cultural diversity of Scandinavia in historical perspective. The study of Scandinavian Literature and Cultural History allows you to focus on the languages, literatures and cultures of the Nordic countries at one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Germany. 
In Freiburg, you will benefit from a lively institute rich in tradition, exciting excursions, an active student council, and a wide variety of student activities.


In order to successfully study Scandinavian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Freiburg, you should...

  • have enthusiasm for Scandinavian language, literature and culture.
  • have a very good knowledge of German as well as a very good knowledge of a Scandinavian language (C1).
  • have a good knowledge of a second Scandinavian language (B1).
  • have willingness and interest in comprehensive and thorough literature work.
    - enjoy working independently and scientifically.
Language of instruction:

German and Scandinavian languages

Academic calendar:

Winter and Summer Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Application period: First semester: Winter Semester, Non-EU-Citizens: 1 June - 31 July, EU-Citizens: 1 June - 15 September
Summer Semester, Non-EU-Citizens: 15 December - 31 January, EU-Citizens: 15 December 15 March

Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 June - 30 September, Summer Semester: 15 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Philology

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Hanna Rinderle
Skandinavisches Seminar
Platz der Universität 3
D-79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3364

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.