German Studies


German is the most widely spoken native tongue in Europe. German Studies at UNSW places strong emphasis on integrating the study of social, historical and cultural developments of German-speaking countries into their contemporary European and international context. The teaching of practical language skills enables students to achieve a high level of communicative competence in German as a gateway to a critical understanding of this fascinating global economic superpower.

What you will study

Our language programs cater for students of all levels, whether you have never studied languages before or have studied at an advanced level. Entry is flexible, which means that whatever your level of experience, you can study a language course suited to your skills.

You will be immersed in both the language and culture of your chosen tongue from day one. Beginner’s courses focus on language skills and grammar using a communicative approach that emphasises interaction. Courses at Intermediate, Advanced and Professional levels maintain and develop language skills while providing in-depth contextual knowledge through the study of pop culture, history, teaching, interpreting, translation, linguistics and literature.

If you have prior language knowledge you will need to take an online placement evaluation so that we can assess your skills and select an appropriate level of course for you. Information about the evaluation and additional course details can be found on the web at:

German Studies can be studied as 

Specialisation Stream Type Stream
German Studies Major

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