Germany's 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth largest in the world. With knowledge of German, you can improve your employment opportunities. German is still a leading language of science, literature, art, philosophy and history. Learn German and get to know one of the great European cultures!
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Hannah Blevins is a German major (senior) and just returned from a year studying at Würzburg University in Germany. She thinks the year in Germany was the best year of her entire life. Hannah plans to return to Germany to teach English as a second language.
Favorite German word: Fingerhut.
Favorite German city: Würzburg...
"Würzburg is a great place because it is big enough to not feel suffocating but small enough to still feel homey. You can go out at night and be overwhelmed with suggestions of fun things to do. There is always something happening; a festival, a drink special at that bar or club you like. After a night out on the town you can wake up the next day, walk through the city, and have some coffee and a crepe next to the river while surrounded by vineyards. The architecture is beautiful (there are two castles there and the palace of an arch bishop), the people are friendly, and just like any place you visit the most beautiful things about Würzburg are hidden in the details. For instance, in the tiny flower boxes they place under every window or the cobble stone streets. I would recommend Würzburg to anyone. If you have the opportunity to go there, take it!"
Maria Kuhn and Emily Pedziwiatr.
Maria (German and English; double major) will attend graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will pursue an M.A. in Linguistics and has received a teaching assistantship.
Emily (Teacher Education, German; English minor) will be a German teacher at Lincoln-Way High School in Frankfort, Illinois.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute!!
Emily Pedziwiatr (Teacher Education German) received a DAAD summer course grant and spent summer 2013 studying in Leipzig and Berlin. She is currently student teaching at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois.
May ‘13 graduate Steven Kutz (German; Political Science) used his German to complete the B2 Certificate from the Goethe Institute. He is looking forward to being an active duty Army officer in the Adjutant General Corps.
Get involved in our German Activities and Organizations!
Spend a semester—or even a year—in beautiful and historic university towns in Germany! Our partner universities are Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg and Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg. German classes and also classes (taught in English) in other subjects.
Study Abroad scholarships are available.
(in collaboration with History Department)