German

Beer garden, Passau, Bavaria
Beer garden, Passau, Bavaria

German is one of the key languages in European business, with over 120 million native speakers in Europe.

Language and culture are inseparable, and students will no doubt discover that there is more to German culture than most think. The unique heritages and histories of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have played an important role in the development of Europe.

Taught by native speakers, all of our German courses provide comprehensive language training combined with the opportunity to explore the literatures, cultures and intellectual history of German-speaking countries.

As well as students with A-level German, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of German. Entry at beginner level will generally require an A-level in any modern foreign language.

Courses we offer

Why study German?

A language is a skill for life. By the end of a degree in German, you will not only have mastered the language, but your unique communications and intercultural skills will prove an invaluable asset.

Not only that, but during the third year of your course, you will have the opportunity to work or study abroad in a German-speaking country.

German language skills are highly desirable for employers in international or European business as well as a wide range of fields including the media, the arts, teaching, translating, publishing, the Civil Service, marketing and finance.

Student views

Cardiff was my first choice university due to the multi-disciplinary approach to learning. My studies focussed on language and literature, but history and culture modules really broadened my subject knowledge. A highlight was the Year 4 dissertation module, which enabled me to research and write about a topic of real interest to me. The approachable and supportive staff made my time at Cardiff an enjoyable experience that I will always look back on fondly.

Hannah, German and English Literature student

German Programme Director

Professor Gerrit-Jan Berendse