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About our Program

Why learn German and take courses in German Studies?

Academic and Cultural Enrichment

German is a vital tool for academic work in numerous disciplines across the fields of humanities and social sciences. It is hard to think of a field unaffected by writers, philosophers and artists who spoke and wrote in German, from Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein to Kafka, Brecht, Jelinek, the architects of the Bauhaus, and the filmmakers of the New German Cinema.

Getting Ready for the World

German is also a major language of business, diplomacy and tourism in the European Union and Eastern Europe. Near 100 million people speak German as a primary language, making it the most widely spoken language in the European Union. Some 80 million people speak it as a second language. Language classes are open to students in any discipline and are offered at introductory to advanced levels. Students who complete a required number of language courses and pass an oral/written examination can obtain a Certificate of Proficiency.

Interesting Facts About German and Germany

    • German is the No. 1 language spoken in Europe.
    • Germany invests more money into foreign student study opportunities than any other country
    • Almost 2 out of 10 books in the world are published in German
    • German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world
    • The domain name .de is second only to .com
    • Germany is the No 1 export nation in the world and has the 4th largest economy in the world

Study Abroad

Students majoring in German Studies also have the opportunity to study in Germany for one year. York has well-established exchange programs with the Freie Universität and Humboldt University in Berlin, University of Konstanz and with many other German universities in conjunction with the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg exchange program.

For more information please refer to the study abroad section.