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German Language and Literature, Department

Philosophische Fakultät

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Philosophische Fakultät
Institut für Germanistik und Interkulturelle Kommunikation
Thüringer Weg 11
D-09126 Chemnitz
Telephone: +49 371 531-27010

TU Chemnitz
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Basic information

Teaching staff at the department
Total number of students
Number of master degree students

Teaching in core subjects

  • German as a foreign language: 15.7%
  • Ancient German Literature: 14.6%
  • Modern Literature: 13.5%
  • Linguistics: 0%
  • Historic Linguistics: 25.8%
  • Other fields: 30.3%

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase
8/14 points

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Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees

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Graduations in appropriate time, master's

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Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support

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Support in studies

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Courses offered

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Digital teaching elements

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Teaching foreign language skills
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Research orientation

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Overall study situation

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Teacher qualification

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Further degree courses of the department

Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

The institute's overall focus is on interculturality; Specialisation options are available in all degree courses; Excellent career prospects due to high practical component. "German language and literature in dialogue" concept (close cooperation of sub-disciplines), innovative teaching content (semiotics and multimodal communication/gesture research); Digital Humanities); skills module with Speech Science and Practical Speech; Technical media competence. IKK: Social and cultural science orientation and critical cultural communication, intensive project learning, peer-to-peer learning, innovative examination forms.

Special features regarding the international orientation

A particular university-wide contribution to the mobility of students and to the international character of TU Chemnitz is made by the professorship for "Intercultural Communication" and "German as a Foreign and Second Language", who are also responsible for supervising the ERASMUS programme (incoming and outgoing students). The close links between the courses in the fields of Intercultural Communication and German Studies strengthen the department's international orientation. In addition: Foreign language modules integrated into the curriculum (intercult. Germ.), semester abroad (IKK) and internat. focus of teaching and research

Special features regarding the equipment

Research: ‘Multimodal Interaction Lab’ (Professorship in Germanic Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication), for video analysis and processing, eye-tracking experiments and data collection. Teaching: For experience-oriented learning in virtual settings and for research project-related instruction, including HMDs (such as Oculus Rift) and eye-tracking glasses (Tobii Pro Glasses 2). The university library has holdings in numerous subject-specific databases. Independent planning and implementation of projects by students (IKK; Intercultural German Studies).

Special features regarding research activities

DFG project for the digital historical-critical edition of a novel by S. Heym; ‘Sound studies’ in pre-modern times (DFG network); Medieval tourism in Saxony (EU project with regional partners and students); DFG Project ‘Between Exclusion, Integration and Inclusion: On the Practical Limits, Conditions and Opportunities of Alterity Policy in Chemnitz’; Research field Digital Intercult. Communication; Subproject: "Intentionality and joint Attention in Multimodal Interaction" in SFB 1410 ‘Hybrid Societies’; Cooperation with the Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz; Coop. with region. partners

Support for founders

Start-up support by the SAXEED founders’ network

Other special features

The department has an excellent working and study climate; Close teaching and research links with other departments of the faculty; There are also many different and productive contacts to other faculties (university of short distances); Strong commitment to knowledge transfer and science communication; In view of Chemnitz as the European Capital of Culture (KHS) in 2025: Numerous cooperation arrangements with cultural institutions in the city; A variety of options for students to get involved in the KHS2025 process (job offers; Internships; Implementation own projects, etc.)

Further information on research activities

Further information about study entry phase

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