The Master's Degree Program in German and Austrian Studies (Deutsche und Österreichische Studien) is currently the only Czech project to be part of the German-language study programs (Deutschsprachige Studiengänge in Ostmittel-, Südost- und Osteuropa sowie dem Kaukasus und Zentralasien, DSG in MOE) supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD).
The DSG program, which we provide together with the Department of History and Culture of Eastern Europe (Geschichte und Kulturen Osteuropas) at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, has long been one of the main pillars of our department.
This cooperation offers many benefits and opportunities for students and teachers:
• regular teaching of visiting German professors in Prague (specialized block seminars focused on German history, culture, society, economy, etc.)
• permanent German associate professor (DAAD-Langzeitdozent) at the department
• German "tutor" at the department (teaching, language counseling)
• student scholarships (semester for Master's students at a partner university in Düsseldorf, SurPlace scholarships for outstanding Master's and doctoral students)
• research stays for members of the department and doctoral students at HHU Düsseldorf
• Excursions for students to Germany
• expansion of the book collection of the FSV UK library
At the birth of the cooperation stood prof. PhDr. Jan Křen, DrSc., a prominent Czech historian specializing in the modern history of Central Europe and the issue of Czech-German relations, and Univ.-Prof. ir. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Detlef Brandes, a leading German expert on German history in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2019, the DSG program celebrated its 25th anniversary. Approximately 250 students have completed our fields during its existence, many of whom are now among the leading representatives of the public and private sectors (see the Alumni section).