Spoken by about 100 Million people worldwide, German is the language of the strongest economy in the European Union. Apart from its importance for the global economy, German is a highly relevant language in academia as well. On this campus, German Studies intersects and enriches the dialogue with numerous disciplines in the sciences, engineering, international affairs, economy, media, communications, and history, to name a few. A major or minor in German makes our students stand out as interdisciplinary thinkers and as inter-culturally competent candidates on the global job market. Graduates of the Georgia Tech German Program regularly place into highly prestigious jobs in the global workplace.
The German Program at the School of Modern Languages provides students with an integrative academic experience that emphasizes linguistic and cultural proficiency, intercultural studies, and applied language use. A close-knit combination of language and culture studies, faculty-led study abroad, academic exchanges, and internships in the German-speaking world encourages our students to make German an integral part of their career paths. Students can study German at all levels ranging from beginning language courses (also available online), to advanced language acquisition courses, to courses focusing on intercultural studies, cultural history, race and gender studies, technology, film, digital media, and literature.
In order to make German an integral part of our students’ career path vision, the German Program has created numerous opportunities for study abroad (see below), for internships in Germany, and for semesters abroad at some of the leading German universities. We have established partnerships with the Technical Universities of Munich and Berlin, with the RWTH Aachen, the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, and with the University of Stuttgart. Many of our students spend a semester at one of these universities and then complete a paid internship at a company in Germany.
Programs of Study
Majors in German
- B.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS)
- B.S. in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML)
- B.S. in International Affairs and Modern languages (IAML)
Minors and Certificates in German
To earn a minor in German, students must complete 15 credits of upper-division (3000- & 4000-level) coursework. To earn a certificate in German, students must complete 12 credits of coursework at the level of GRMN 2002 or higher. Taking part in the German Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) Program is a great way to complete nearly all of the minor coursework during the summer through study abroad. Upon completion of the LBAT, students only need to complete 3 credit hrs (one course). Completing the LBAT will fulfill all requirements of the certificate.
The German Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) program provides an academically rigorous and culturally exciting experience for students who have completed GRMN 2002 or have provided evidence of equivalent credit. The entire 12-week long German LBAT [both LBAT I and LBAT II] takes students throughout Germany: from West to East, South to North, and explores regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, and traditions as well as from an industrial point of view. Numerous visits to German companies, historic sites and cities provide an integrative experience for our students that provides them with an in-depth experience of different cultural and professional settings in Germany.
The German Program offers two study abroad program modules of 6 credits each that can be taken individually or in combination. When taken together, students complete the coursework for 12 credits and are one course short of a German minor.
The German LBAT Program offers the following modules:
- LBAT I: Dusseldorf & Munich (5 weeks, 6 credits)
- LBAT II: Weimar & Berlin (6 weeks, 6 credits)
For detailed information on the logistics, cost, and academic coursework of the program, please see the LBAT Germany page.
New Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
Discover the city where the waltz, the mocha, the psychologist’s couch, quantum physics, and abstract art got their start. Vienna is a global leader in science, politics, music, and cuisine, and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna’s coffeehouses are protected under UNESCO because they were the site of so many conversations that changed the world. Now it’s your turn to talk: Join Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, Schrödinger, Wittgenstein, and Klimt for a summer in one of the world’s “most livable cities,”1 and discover where your conversations can take you.
1 year of Language in 6 Weeks
Early Immersion: German in Vienna offers an intensive immersion experience. The program covers the entire 2nd year language curriculum in 6 weeks, accelerating students into the advanced level of German after less than one year of study. Students complete GRMN 2001 and GRMN 2002, making them eligible to join the final portion of the German LBAT and fast-track to complete a minor or major as early as Sophomore year.
In this program, you will build advanced language, leadership skills, and career preparation alongside unparalleled opportunities to experience global culture and history. Students are expected to speak German throughout the program and take every opportunity to experiment with the language to improve their skills. Early Immersion offers a supportive and fun environment that will transform your speaking ability.
GRMN 2001: May 18-June 03
Dr. Jenny Strakovsky
GRMN 2002: June 08-June 24