German Language and Culture

The German Language and Culture courses at ANU are aimed at students who seek to develop a high level of competence in German language as well as a critical understanding of German-speaking cultures.

You can choose from courses in German language, linguistics, literature, society and film. Courses are offered from beginners’ to advanced levels.

German is the most commonly spoken first language in the European Union, with around 100 million speakers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

With a rich literary and philosophical heritage, German is a language of culture, science, technology, business and international relations. This role has increased since Germany's reunification, with Germany playing a leading role in European politics. Its capital Berlin, famously declared "poor, but sexy" by the city's mayor, boasts dynamic art and youth culture scenes: "Berlin ist cool!"

During your degree, you are encouraged to take advantage of various exchange agreements with ANU's partner universities in Germany and Austria (Berlin, Bielefeld, Bonn, Freiburg, Wuppertal and Vienna) and study abroad. You will receive credit for courses studied abroad and scholarships are also available.

The exact sequence of courses depends on your language proficiency when beginning German at ANU. If you have previous knowledge of German you will be asked to sit a placement test to determine the appropriate entry level.

Career options

Germany is the largest economy in Europe, one of Australia’s most important trading partners and a world leader in environmental policy. An understanding of the culture, history, politics and economy of the German-speaking countries, ideally combined with another subject like business, science or law, will improve employment opportunities in many areas, such as international law and business, foreign affairs and international relations, public policy and administration, or media and tourism.

Updated:  10 February 2017/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing and Communications/Page Contact:  Development Officer, CASS