Introduce yourself to the rich culture and language of German-speaking countries, and discover connections with Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Hohenzollernbrücke in Cologne (Germany) with Cologne Cathedral in the blue hour by Thomas Wolf, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Subject overview

German is the native language of more than 100 million people. It is an important language of trade since Germany is the fourth-largest economy and the third-largest exporter in the world. Germany is also New Zealand’s most important trading partner in the European Union. 

German language and linguistics courses can give you in-depth understanding and communication skills in the most widely spoken language in the European Union. 

Courses in German

Where can German take you?

Knowing German can open the door to becoming a diplomat and working in international affairs and business. Have you ever considered contributing to a sustainable world by working with German engineers in one of the leading countries in green technologies? What about working for one of over 100 German companies in New Zealand? With a major in German, you could educate others about opportunities with German by teaching, informing, consulting, or offering personal translation services. You could also work in the tourism sector in Aotearoa, where German speakers are one of the top three groups of international tourists.

Career options with an Arts degree

Explore your study options in German