German is spoken by 130 million people all over the world. Through its authors, philosophers, composers, painters, and scientists, German-speaking Europe has helped shaped history for the past 800 years.
There are lots of opportunities to use this language professionally, as Germany has the 4th largest economy in the world and is a key player in international trade and relations.
- Become an expert in German language, as well as in the history and culture of German-speaking countries, including Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Liechtenstein.
- Access to exchange programmes with the University of Konstanz and the University of Freiburg.
- UC hosts the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), the only research centre for the study of Europe and the EU in Aotearoa.
- You can study German within a range of different bachelor’s degrees, or you can also add a certificate or diploma in German language alongside your other studies.
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
Courses from European and European Union Studies can also be credited towards the major, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.
It is highly recommended that you complete some German language courses during your major study. The 100-level language courses are for absolute beginners or those with very little previous experience in German language. Those with a high level of German language proficiency may be given direct entry to 200-level language courses.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- GRMN152 Elementary German Language B (or a higher-level language course approved by the Programme Coordinator)
- 60 points in 100 to 300-level GRMN courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Knowing languages is highly sought after — it helps in cross-cultural relationship building, and helps you to pursue your career interests around the world. German language in particular is vital to international areas such as science, engineering, business, history, and tourism.
Some career pathways could include:
- Diplomatic and international relations
- Trade market
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in German.
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