Study German

Learning German can transform your life and open up new opportunities and experiences for you. If your dream is to travel widely or to study or work in an international organisation in your own country or abroad, or if you want to advance your career and personal prospects, German is an ideal language for you to learn. There are many reasons for this. A sound command of German:

  • allows you to travel and work almost anywhere in Europe — German is the most widely spoken language in Europe
  • enhances your employment and mobility options in your own country and abroad
  • makes you a more versatile, aware and effective intercultural communicator
  • can give you a head start on the competition in diverse fields of knowledge, ranging from the arts to business and the sciences
  • provides you with first hand access to German history, society and culture
  • increases your cognitive skills and improves your overall brain function
  • leads to a deeper understanding of English and of language systems in general.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses

German can be studied at undergraduate, Honours, and postgraduate level. All courses can be undertaken full- or part-time, on campus in Armidale or fully online in your own home, or abroad. Interested in a research higher degree? Supervision is also available for MPhil and PhD candidates.

Looking to do a German major? The courses listed below link to the Course and Unit Catalogue. From there go to Course Rules and Plans, then scroll down to Program of Study.

Undergraduate courses

German can be studied as a major in the following courses.

You can also study German as an elective in almost any bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules from the linked Course and Unit Catalogue to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

Optional in-country language study — if you enrol in the German major in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies), or the Bachelor of
International Studies.

Compulsory in-country language study — if you enrol in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, or the Bachelor of International and Language Studies.

Bachelor degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching)

Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor of International and Language Studies

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of Languages and International Business

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate diplomas

Study German within the:

Advanced Diploma in Arts

Diploma in Modern Languages

Honours and postgraduate courses

German can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor honours

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate research

Master of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Find out more about Higher Degree Research

Our staff

To contact an academic or find a research supervisor, visit our staff page


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UNE is Australia’s largest, most experienced and trusted online university-level German language provider. You'll benefit from:

  • content that is highly relevant, practical, informative, enjoyable and engaging
  • first hand access to German history, society and culture
  • once-weekly, interactive, ‘live’ (synchronous) group virtual classroom sessions that are accessible from anywhere in the world (available if studying online)
  • flexible entry points, depending on your prior knowledge and proficiency

If you study your main degree at another university, you can still study German with us. Depending on your degree, you can study one or two trimesters in Germany or Austria, or undertake an internship at a German, Austrian or Swiss work place — it is a chance of a lifetime!

In-country language study

UNE has exchange agreements with universities in Austria and Germany for in-country study which can be credited to UNE degrees.

Career options for German graduates

Any second language coupled with another skill can lead to an in-depth and interesting international career.

A degree with a major in political science and German would suit a student interested in working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United Nations or international relations.

German proficiency coupled with science will open up job opportunities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for which a non-German speaker would not be able to apply.

Skills in IT and German language proficiency could provide job-seekers with opportunity to enter the lucrative IT industry in Germany.

A Law background with German as a second language could open up opportunities with the EU or aid agencies.

Teaching is a rewarding career which combines well with a foreign language.

Partnerships and networks

We have partnerships with the following universities:

Further information

For more information about our courses and studying at UNE, please contact AskUNE.