German as a Foreign Language (Double Major, Teacher Training)

University of Maribor

24 months
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The 2nd-cycle study programme in German as a Foreign Language leads to "magisterij" (master's degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Arts. The main goal of the programme is to educate students in teaching German as a foreign language and to deepen their theoretical and applicable knowledge in the field of German language, literature, and culture.


Students can specialize by choosing specific elective courses in either the field of early foreign language teaching or adult foreign language teaching. The programme aims to prepare students for autonomous professional work in the field of education and it also gives them a solid foundation to continue their studies on a postgraduate level.

The main general competences achieved by graduates are:

  • the ability of knowledge accumulation and its use;
  • the ability to critically analyse scientific information;
  • the ability to observe, analyse, synthesize, and critically evaluate;
  • the ability to work individually and in teams;
  • the ability to solve professional work problems, based on the use of scientific methods;
  • usage of modern information technology in work organization and problem solving;
  • preparation for life-long professional learning;
  • scientific and professional oral and written skills;
  • project management and supervision; and
  • personal integrity and ability to work in accordance with professional ethics.

The main specific competences achieved by graduates are:

Language competencies:

  • autonomous and adequate use of foreign language – German in written and spoken form on C1-C2 LEVEL in both professional and private life;
  • solving of linguistic problems and conflicts in everyday communication and in language learning/teaching;
  • production of linguistically and pragmatically (stylistically) adequate German texts that belong to text types, that are representative and relevant for everyday use and for pedagogical work;
  • linguistically and pragmatically adequate oral communication;
  • understanding of the specific station of the various language varieties of the German speaking areas and the ability to apply this in the analysis of authentic texts; and
  • understanding of the grammatical and lexical characteristics of modern German language and the semantical, cognitive, cultural and intercultural dimension of the German vocabulary.
Cultural and literary competencies:
  • an in-depth, critical and autonomous work with primary and secondary literature of the German speaking areas;
  • an in-depth understanding and knowledge of German literature from the beginning of the 20th century until today;
  • an in-depth understanding of the literary production and reception in a primarily aesthetic, cultural-historical and intercultural context;
  • recognizing and acknowledging cultural differences between learners and the understanding of the culture of German speaking areas aswell as others and a subsequent strengthening and promotion of one´s own cultural identity; and
  • understanding of the complex relations between the literary system and other social systems.
Methodical and didactical competencies:
  • the use of adequate approaches to work in the classroom, according to the social, ethnic and language variety of the learners;
  • classroom work in foreign language classes , work outside the classroom and with social partners aswell as autonomous organization and evaulation of the pedagogical work;
  • developing the language competency and skills of the learners to enable them to gain knowledge in the process of life long learning;
  • understanding of the development principles of the individual, especially the cognitive and psychological, sociological and didactical principles of foreign language learning in the different age stages and the adequate adaptation of language teaching methods; 
  • integration of other content areas into the German language classroom and vice versa;
  • a clear, systematic and exact work planning in German language teaching on a macro and micro level;
  • maintaning a continuity of learning and working and progressing according to national, regional and the school´s curricular policy;
  • work with individuals, who show above average results in foreign language learning, who have special needs and those who have learning difficulties;
  • encouraging interactive work in all forms of teaching; and
  • examination and grading of the foreign language knowledge and of other results of the learners according to national and/or other standards.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Psychology of Learning and Development (2,5)
  • Pedagogy (1,5)
  • Didactics (2,5)
  • Work with Children with Special Needs (1,5)
  • Interdisciplinary Observer Practice (1)
  • Developing Writing and Speaking Skills (6)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Didactics of German I (3)
  • Teacher Training I – German (3)
  • German as a Foreign Language - Grammar and Vocabulary (3)
  • German as a Foreign Language - Language Varieties (3)
  • Elective teacher-training course 1 (1,5)
  • Elective teacher-training course 2 (1,5)

Elective teacher-training courses:

  • Alternative Pedagogical Concepts (3)
  • English for Academic Purposes (3)
  • Authentic Forms of Knowledge Assessment (3)
  • Badminton and Fitness (3)
  • Discipline in Contemporary School (3)
  • Ethical Issues in Education (3)
  • Games in Teaching (3)
  • Multimedia (3)
  • Volleyball and Aerobic Exercise (3)
  • Professional Development of Teachers (3)
  • Learning of Language and Communication in the Classroom (3)
  • Professional Language in School (3)
  • Supervision and Group Process in Education (3)
  • Outdoor Learning (3)
  • Multilingualism in the School (3)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Didactics of German II (3)
  • Early Foreign Language Learning – German (3)
  • Elective course (3)
  • 20th and 21st Century’s Literature in the Classroom (3)
  • The Self and the Foreign in Modern German Literature (3)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Teaching German to Adolescents and Adults (3)
  • Teacher Training II – German (4)
  • Master’s Thesis (8)

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Candidates apply in 2 application periods. However, in the 2nd, they may apply only for programmes still having vacancies that the faculty decides to fill.


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Slovenian, Partially taught in German




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: (pages 7-8).


The Call for Application into Postgraduate Study Programmes of the University of Maribor for the 2020/2021 Academic Year is available at 

Tuition Fee


Full-time students from Slovenia and other EU countries, and full-time students from non-EU countries who are granted international protection, applicants for international protection and persons from countries with which Slovenia has concluded bilateral agreement (i.e. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, B&H, and Serbia) pay NO TUITION FEE (except the part for studying in English, if applicable) if they have not already obtained an education corresponding to master's degree.

You may find scholarship opportunities offered by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the RS at the following website:

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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German as a Foreign Language (Double Major, Teacher Training)
University of Maribor