Why Take German

10 Reasons for Learning German:

1. Germany is the world's largest exporter.

2. German is the most common spoken language in the EU.

3. 18% of the world's books are published in German.

4. Germany is the home to numerous international corporations.

5. German is no harder to learn to speak or write than other languages.

6. German is the second-most commonly used scientific language.

7. German is the language of Goethe, Nietzsche and Kafka. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Freud and Einstein also spoke German.

8. Speaking and understanding German will deepen your knowledge of the culture and improve your employment opportunities.

9. Learning German provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe's intellectual and economic life and in its cultural history.

10. In many regions, Germans account for the largest percentage of tourists.

Study Abroad in Germany!

The studying abroad requirement of the German department at Wofford College enhances the overall language profiencency of all students in the major. Some students have spent interims abroad studying at the Goethe Institut in München, while others have bravely chosen to study a semester or a year in Germany. Places that students have studied in are Berlin, Freiburg, Mainz, and Vienna, Austria. The German Department at Wofford works with the IES Abroad program as well as the Middlebury Schools Abroad.


Here you can find links to both the IES Abroad and Middlebury Schools Abroad. Browse around, compare the programs, and decide which option would be a better fit for you!

Check out the Office of International Programs page for more information on scheduling an advising appointment to select a program.



Fulbright Grant (Post-Undergraduate Scholarship)

DAAD (Post-Undergraduate Scholarship)

Goethe Institut (Undergraduate Study in Germany)

Congress/Bundestag Grants (Post-Graduate Internship)