German Studies

German Studies at Monash offers a world-class program that allows you to track your progression against international benchmarks, ensuring you receive an education that is universally relevant and universally transferable.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

German is the mother tongue of 110 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in Europe. In addition, German is (after English) the most important international language in Europe.

By choosing German Studies, you gain access to a rich cultural history and prolific contemporary cultural production, including areas such as literature, philosophy, music and the visual arts. Germany remains at the forefront of contemporary science, engineering, and medical research. German comes first in the world (before English) as a target language of translations from other languages.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Opportunities

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Exciting Career Prospects

In recent years, the number of students taking German Studies at Monash has been growing significantly, making the Monash German program number one in Victoria.

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Study Overseas

Studying a language in-country is an ideal way to advance your skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country you’re studying.
You can study overseas for a semester or even a year at well-known institutions. Monash University offers undergraduate exchange programs with leading German and Austrian universities.

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Placement Test

New students who have some knowledge of German will need to sit a placement test to determine the appropriate language entry level.

Major Themes

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Thinking beyond the BA

Monash is the only university in Australia to offer joint PhD programs with leading German universities, such as Freie Universität Berlin and Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt. What could be more brilliant in a globalised world than a joint PhD from two internationally leading institutions?

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German Club

In addition to your regular classes, you are also invited to be involved in the Monash University German Club, which is one of the most active clubs on campus. They hold weekly “Kaffee und Kuchen” meetings and organise various other events and activities, such as film nights, pub nights and an annual dinner at a German restaurant.