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Choosing what to study

Six reasons to study German

For those considering a degree in German but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Learn another language

German courses vary between universities, but one thing is for sure: you'll graduate with the ability to read, write and speak German fluently. In today's global society, multilingual people go far. It's a skill widely sought after by employers worldwide, and with over 100 million German speakers, you'll have plenty of opportunities to showcase it.

2. Learn about German culture

Not only will you study the subject, but you'll also gain great insight into the culture and society of Germany and other German-speaking countries. Universities offer modules in German film, literature, history, politics and more. This in-depth learning gives the language context and relevance and develops your ability to reason and think critically.

3. Economic and political leader 

Germany is often seen as the European Union's economic powerhouse, with the country being the fourth-largest economy in the world. As Germany continues to dominate European politics and increasingly take centre stage on global affairs, it's a fascinating and sensible time to learn about its language and culture.

4. Good graduate prospects

German graduates have exceedingly good prospects when it comes to professional-level employment or further study. Order our German subject table with the graduate prospects column and see the high rates.

5. Joint honours degrees

Many students choose to study a joint honours degree and combine German with another subject of interest. The numerous course combinations with German include comparative literature, economics, film studies, international business or other foreign languages.

6. Study abroad

You'll be learning a different language and about another culture, so naturally, you'll spend time studying abroad. Most German courses last four years, with one of those years spent in Germany or another German-speaking country.

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