The department was established in its present form on May 1st, 2015, on the basis of two departments: the Department of Eastern Languages and Religious Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. The new Department of Languages and cultures provides possibilities to study both world languages and cultures. The department offers a wide range of Western languages such as German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian etc. as well Eastern languages such as Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Urdu. The Department also focuses on ancient and modern cultures of the West and the East.
Among the main goals of the Department are the following: