German

A knowledge of German is an asset in numerous fields, and it will enhance your competitiveness in the job market.

 

Where can I study German?

Why study German?

German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth. There are approximately 95 million people who speak German as their first language, and another 100 million people who speak German as a second language/foreign language throughout the world.

German is a major language of the European Union. The German-speaking countries are the world leaders in many areas of technology. Germany is one of Australia’s most important trading partners, and the German-speaking countries constitute a substantial percentage of Australia’s inbound tourist market. Many Australians have German-speaking ancestry, and German is a significant community language within Australia. German culture has influenced the English-speaking world for centuries, and continues to do so today.

A knowledge of German is an asset in numerous fields, including trade and manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, diplomacy, the media, the public service, teaching, the arts, and of course translating and interpreting. By including German language studies as part of your studies, you can enhance your job opportunities in fields such as engineering, business, economics and information technology.

Additionally, skills in intercultural communication are constantly increasing in importance: a full appreciation of cultural differences is essential to understand global economic, social and political issues. This applies to Germany in particular, as Germany is a major global agent in economics and culture.

Course Information

Find information about UQ’s German courses here.

At UQ you will have the opportunity to study the most diverse and comprehensive program of university-level German subjects in Queensland. The subjects in German language and culture are informed by UQ’s teaching staff’s wide-ranging research interests in film studies, contemporary society, literature and the history of ideas, as well as by their extensive practical experience in translating and interpreting.

You can start German at beginners or intermediate level. Depending on your degree you can take German courses as electives or study for a minor, secondary major (QUT), major or double major.