Languages: German

Berlin cityscape.


The German Program at the School of Modern Languages offers a minor in German, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in German. We provide students with an integrative academic education that emphasizes linguistic and cultural proficiency, intercultural studies, and applied language use. A close-knit combination of language and culture courses, faculty-led study abroad programs, and extracurricular events and opportunities facilitate the opportunity for our students to make German an integral part of their academic studies and professional careers. We offer our students an educational experience that combines intellectually rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches reflecting faculty research agendas with an intercultural education that prepares our students as citizens and leaders on the international job market as much as in their local communities. German language skills are valued in many areas, such as manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, software and communications, and transportation.

Students can choose from a wide breadth of classes. They can study German at all levels ranging from beginning language courses, to advanced language acquisition courses, to courses focusing on a variety of cultural and theoretical topics. Our courses cover linguistics, intercultural studies, cultural history, literature, film and media studies, and race and gender studies. They explore, for example, the role of memory, migration, or technology in German-speaking countries, and challenge students to think about the significance of humanities for their everyday lives in the 21st century; a civic, democratic society; as well as the globalized, international job market. Our program offers interdisciplinary curricula; student-focused, research-oriented assignments; and emphasis on professional application and development. The German Program also wholeheartedly endorses the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) and understands them to be at the center of our pedagogic and research mission.

Our signature German Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) Program provides our students an intellectually rigorous, interdisciplinary, and immersive summer study abroad experience in Vienna. In collaboration with OIE, the German Program also supports students interested in studying a semester abroad and/or completing an internship in Germany. We are proud to support our students’ abroad experiences via scholarships from The Barry and Gail Spurlock Scholarship and The Halle Foundation.

Georgia Institute of Technology offers a wide variety of internship opportunities in fall, spring, and summer. Most of all international internships completed by our students are in Germany. Students have interned at companies like Deutsche Bahn, Grenzebach, Lufthansa, and others. Additionally, Atlanta is a great place to study German. Many major German companies such as Mercedes, Porsche, Siemens, BMW, Grenzebach, Thyssenkrupp, Deutz, Rödl & Partner, and AGCO Corp can be found in the Atlanta area and there is $11.5 billion of total trade between Germany and Georgia every year.

We are excited about your interest in the program and look forward to working with you in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural ways on completing your minor, undergraduate degree, or graduate degree. We also look forward to meeting you at our many cultural events and German Club activities. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions!


Programs of Study

Graduate Degrees in German

Undergraduate Degrees in German

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.

Study Abroad

German Language for Business and Technology (LBAT)

The German LBAT program offers students a unique opportunity to deeply engage with Germany's rich history and culture, both past and present. This immersive experience combines classroom instruction, experiential learning in the local environment, and site visits. Participants also take part in various activities that provide insights into everyday life, work, and business culture in Germany.

By joining the German LBAT program, students can:

  1. Immerse themselves in the local culture and history.
  2. Interact with locals in everyday, academic, and workplace settings.
  3. Utilize program destinations as their classrooms for language and intercultural learning.
  4. Enhance their German language skills through small classes, interaction with German student tutors, and interactions with local hosts.
  5. Gain insights into current issues facing German businesses and society.
  6. Earn upper-level language credits, making progress toward a minor or double major.

The program takes students to three key locations in Austria and Germany, including Vienna, Munich, and Berlin, with additional day trips to various other places. This diverse itinerary allows participants to explore regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, traditions, and industry, providing a comprehensive understanding of German culture and society.