Why study German?
Studying in the German programme can mean learning the language, but it can also mean studying the rich culture and history of German-speaking Europe in our cultural studies courses. These require no knowledge of the German language and are designed to acquaint students with the many significant artistic movements, intellectual developments and historical events which have put Germany and German-speaking countries at the centre of world affairs for much of the modern era. In these courses students work not just with texts, but also with films and other aspects of visual and spatial culture in order to gain a many-dimensioned insight into the sweep of German and European history.
The German language is a leading world language, mother tongue of almost 100 million speakers. The German speaking countries, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, form the largest language area in central Europe. It is an important language of trade, Germany being the third largest economy in the world. Germany's influence has been growing steadily since the fall of the iron curtain in 1989. German plays a role as a lingua franca in the Eastern European countries and its influence has increased ever since the enlargement of the EU. There are about 20 million learners of German in the world. You could be one of them.
Knowledge of German can be vital to international work in the areas of science, business and tourism. German also holds the key to a deeper understanding of where our modern world has come from and where it might be going. Through its authors, philosophers, composers, painters and scientists, German-speaking Europe has not only been at the crossroads of history for the past 800 years, but promises to remain one of the most important world cultures for the foreseeable future.