Study a major in German at UON
As the German culture of progress and innovation continue to grow, more doors open to a growing number of careers for German speakers.
Studying a major in German at the University of Newcastle (UON) provides you with the opportunity to achieve high level language skills in written and spoken German. You will also learn a lot about the culture, literature and people of Germany through the study of their language.
Why German language skills are in demand
German opens doors to exciting opportunities in Europe, Australia and around the world. If you choose to focus your degree on a major in German, you will benefit from the following:
- German is a major international language - it is one of the world's top 10 most widely spoken languages.
- Native German speakers reside in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other countries both within and outside of Europe.
- German has the largest number of native speakers in Europe.
- English and German are descended from the same root language, Proto-Germanic.
- German is the 2nd most commonly used scientific language in the world.
- Nearly a 5th of the world's literature are published in German, and many major authors and poets such as Goethe wrote in German.
- Around 70% of Japanese students study German due to its strong economy and pioneering role in innovation, engineering, science, arts and research.
German is a globally relevant language, and learning German is beneficial across various industries in Europe and around the world.
Suitable for arts and language students with:
- An interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the German language and learning how to speak, read and write in German.
- Goals to work in Germany, German speaking countries, or German organisations in Australia.
- An understanding of how the study of language can be beneficial after graduation in the pursuit of employment inside and outside Australia.
What do you learn in a German major?:
Our German major is a structured course program which allows students with no knowledge of German to easily begin their studies and progress through to more advanced levels. You will learn:
- Elementary German: Your first year will be a series of courses in elementary German. You will learn a basic vocabulary and the essential rules of German grammar so that you can develop a working knowledge of the language.
- Intermediate German: Intermediate German courses will enhance your ability to read, write and speak the German language. You will continue to expand your vocabulary by studying more advanced grammatical forms and constructions, and be able to hold more complex conversations.
- Professional German: Students can study professional German in third year, focusing on the use of the language for business. You will also study the German working environment and culture to gain insight into what it is like to work in Germany, or for a German company.
Which degrees include a major in German?
You can study a major in German at the University of Newcastle through two programs:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Diploma in Languages (please note this program cannot be studied as a stand-alone degree, it must be taken alongside your undergraduate/postgraduate degree)
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