German studies

Willkommen! Prepare for a career in diplomacy and trade, translation, foreign affairs or communications… Where will German studies take you?

Our program teaches language, linguistics and literature, and their relation to culture and society.

The Language department is highly regarded for its international links: immerse yourself in some of the most vibrant cities in Europe on our exchange programs, and gain credits towards your degree.

Our German studies program has three entry points, from introductory level to near-native competence. We test applicants with some German language to ensure you're in the right class.

After your first year, elective units let you diversify and hone your skills in German literature and culture, media studies and German linguistics. Research, writing and analytical skills gained here are transferable to many disciplines and careers.

Studying a language gives you more than the language. It offers you the unique opportunity to truly learn intercultural communication and to think broadly as you learn first hand about linguistic and cultural differences. It will challenge you to learn more about your own language and culture.

In choosing German studies, you gain access to a rich cultural history and prolific contemporary cultural production, including areas such as literature, philosophy, music and the visual arts, and you will be taught by talented and experienced native speakers. We use music, film, popular media and literature to keep our teaching current, relevant and engaging.

We have exchange programs with leading German and Austrian universities, and encourage you to take this invaluable opportunity to study overseas as part of your major. You can replace language units with equivalent overseas language-study units. Grants may be available through Monash Abroad and the German Government.

Undertaking an extended major will provide greater focus and enhance your career opportunities.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

German Studies at Monash

German Studies at Monash offers a world-class program that allows you to track your progression against international benchmarks, ensuring you receive an education that is universally relevant and universally transferable.

Available as a major or minor.

German Club

In addition to your regular classes, you are also invited to be involved in the Monash University German Club, one of the most active clubs on campus. 

They hold weekly "Kaffee und Kuchen" meetings and organise various other events and activities, such as film and pub nights.

Study Overseas

Studying a language in-country is an ideal way to advance your skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country you're studying.

You can study overseas for a semester or even a year at well-known institutions. Read more ...

Monash University offers undergraduate exchange programs with leading German and Austrian universities, including:

- Freie Universität Berlin
- Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
- Universität zu Köln
- Karl Ruprechts Universität Heidelberg
- Universität Wien

Many students of German at Monash who go overseas are supported by generous scholarships funded by the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service.

Thinking beyond the BA

Monash is the only university in Australia to offer joint PhD programs with leading German universities, such as Freie Universität Berlin and Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt. What could be more brilliant in a globalised world than a joint PhD from two internationally leading institutions?

Entry Level Test

New students who have some knowledge of German will need to sit an entry level test to determine the appropriate language entry level.

Exciting Career Prospects

In recent years, the number of students taking German Studies at Monash has been growing significantly, making the Monash German program number one in Victoria.

The high level of cultural and linguistic competence acquired by studying German can lead to exciting career prospects in Australia and abroad. 

Our graduates have entered careers in the following fields:

- business, banking, insurance and marketing
- communications and media
- public service
- diplomacy and trade
- interpreting and translation
- travel, tourism and hospitality
- research and academia (with additional qualifications)
- teaching (with additional qualifications)