German Universities offer courses in linguistics either in form of historical-comparative studies or as general linguistics and the study of linguistics is taught within the scope of individual philologies. Study of speech science, phonetics and rhetoric deal with educational and communication-theoretical and is certain cases involves speed therapy which includes aspects of speech. Linguistics and speech sciences have close links with respective neighbouring disciplines such as education, anthropology, computer science, ethnology, logic, philosophy and psychology as well.

Some higher education institutes not only offer students with opportunities of studying another major but also allow them to gain the speech training qualification offered by the German Society of Speech Sciences and Speech Training. Core areas of Linguistics and Speech Sciences include introductory lectures and exercises in general linguistics as well as basic concepts or methods in main stage of linguistic degree programme.

Historical Comparative Linguistics and General Linguistics can be chosen as major or minor subjects in most of the speech sciences course and phonetics programmes.