German is one of the official languages of the European Union, but studying German is about more than just vocabulary. Our courses can be a great way to introduce yourself to the rich culture of Germany, as well discover its influence in film and literature and its connections with New Zealand.

Areas of study

German is available for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Certificate in Languages (CertLang) or a Diploma in Languages (DipLang). Language courses cater to both beginners and those who have a prior understanding of the German language. In later stages you can look at German from a linguistic point of view. There are also courses in film, literature, translation and European society and culture.

You can study German in the following programmes:

What you will learn

As well as learning the language, you can study German film, literature and cultural history from the late eighteenth century to the present. As well as developing competence in the language, you can also gain a broad knowledge of the works of major writers and insight into key literary and cultural developments.

In the later stages of your undergraduate degree there are opportunities to undertake study abroad courses. These courses are a chance to study at an approved overseas institution, deepening your understanding of the language and immersing you in German life. Students are encouraged to study abroad where possible, and you may be eligible for a scholarship to assist you.

Career opportunities

Knowing a foreign language such as German can give you a competitive edge in many areas of work, especially in New Zealand where a large number of people do not speak a second language.

German can be particularly useful if you are interested in a career in teaching, translating, foreign affairs, international law, business, computing, music or science. It can also be useful if you want to work in a multinational company or organisation as Germany is home to many international corporations and is the world’s third largest individual exporter. German is also the most common mother tongue in the European Union, which means that understanding German can be advantageous for careers all over the EU.

More information

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