German studies (in European languages)

As part of the European languages study area, students can choose to specialise in German studies.

European languages will provide a deep understanding of the interconnections between different languages and cultures, and their global impact over time. German is the mother tongue of 110 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in Europe. It’ll give you access to a rich contemporary and historical culture, including literature, philosophy, music and the visual arts.

Teaching Program

The German studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the German language and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of German studies: literature, cultural studies and linguistics within a European and global context. There are flexible entry points (beginners, intermediate and proficient), ensuring language study at a level that suits your background.

You will be taught by talented and enthusiastic native speakers, all of whom have extensive experience in language and university teaching. We use literature, film, music and popular media to assist you to improve your language skills and to gain an understanding of the history and culture of the German-speaking countries across Europe.

You will have opportunities to study abroad and immerse yourself in the German language, enabling you to gain a critical understanding of significant moments in the development of German and European culture, history and politics.

We prepare our students for life-long learning, both academically and vocationally, and you will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study. Learning pathways extend from first year undergraduate subjects to honours and beyond.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework German studies page.


The following are the research strengths of German studies at Monash:

  • German literature from the early modern times to the present
  • German philosophy from Immanuel Kant to the present
  • German theatre and drama from early modern times to the present
  • Images and Imagination
  • Theory of authorship
  • Intersections between literature and philosophy
  • Mediology of theatre
  • Visual cultures
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Travel literature
  • Cultures of remembrance
  • History of ideas
  • Literature and scientific discourses



Our academics enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. Several members who teach German have been recipients of Humboldt Foundation Fellowships, and several of our colleagues are Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. View all staff.

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