Georgian is the national language of Georgia and the largest indigenous language of the Caucasus. It belongs to the Kartvelian (or South Caucasian) language family and is spoken by 3-4 million people. It has a beautiful, unique alphabet dating back to the 5th century, which was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.
We offer Georgian language courses for various levels from beginners to advanced learners.
Russian is the largest Slavonic language, the national language of Russian and thus of the Northern Caucasus and still an important means of communication in the Southern Caucasus. The Institute of Slavonic languages and Caucasus studies offers language courses from A1 to C1.
Turkish is a major contact language in the Caucasus and a very close relative of Azerbaijani. Turkish language courses are offered by the Institute of Oriental Studies.
Armenian is the national language of Armenia. Today there are two major varieties of Armenian - Modern Eastern Armenian, the language of the Republic of Armenia, and Modern Western Armenian, the language of most Armenian diaspora communities in Turkey, the Middle East, France and many other places. Armenian has its own, unique alphabet, created at the beginning of the 5th century and thus the oldest alphabet of the Caucasus still in use. Classical Armenian is occasionally offered by Prof. Martin Kümmel. Modern and Classical Armenian can also be studied at our partner university in Yerevan and at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.
Azerbaijani is the national language of Azerbaijan and also a major language of Iran. It is closely related to Turkish and since 1991 again written with a Latin alphabet. Azerbaijani can be studied at our partner university in Baku and at the Humboldt University of Berlin.