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Bachelor's degree programme

At the Bachelor level, the degree programme which comprises Finnish Studies is called ‘Scandinavian and Finnish Studies’. This does not mean that you study both subjects, but you choose one of the two courses and do either Scandinavian Studies OR Finnish Studies. However, some general courses are held for students from both subjects.

This close collaboration between both fields allows for introductory seminars with a focus on theoretical and methodological basics in linguistics, literary studies and cultural studies. Learning the Finnish language is of course an essential part of the degree programme and does not require any prior knowledge.

The ‘Scandinavian and Finnish Studies’ degree programme as a double major Bachelor’s requires a second, equivalent subject. You can choose from the extensive offer of degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities — one of the largest in Germany. There might be some special requirements for specific subject combinations. Students of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies are likely to choose subjects such as History, Linguistics and Phonetics, German Language and Literature, Musicology, Media Cultural Studies or Dutch Language and Literature

Unique characteristics of this degree programme at the University of Cologne are:

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with Scandinavian Studies
  • Theoretical and methodological basics in literary studies AND cultural studies
  • Advanced courses in literary studies AND cultural studies
  • The editorial office of the students’ magazine norrøna has been located in Cologne since 2016.