British political and cultural history is closely intertwined with that of Germany and Germany is set to remain one of the UK's key trading partners. Germany remains central to the European economy, guaranteeing high demand for the increasingly rare commodity of advanced fluency in the German language and familiarity with the diverse nature of the culture, history, politics and lifestyle of the German-speaking world.

Why study German at Bristol?

Bristol's Department of German has an impressive reputation for teaching and research. You will follow a curriculum which introduces you to many aspects of German studies.

As well as following a structured language course, you will study literature, history, thought, politics, linguistics and culture. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options, which allow you to pursue your own interests.

All German degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a German-speaking country on a work or study placement during the third year.

Bristol’s German department has a close community with an active student society and a range of extra-curricular social and cultural events, including regular dramatic performances. Our students have access to a state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

Bristol is an exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

German courses at Bristol will suit you if you have an enquiring mind, a love of language and a passion for exploring other countries and societies. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers’ history, literature, experience and outlooks opens horizons and challenges preconceptions.

As well as mastering the language, you will develop your skills of investigation and analysis which will be useful in a range of graduate employment opportunities.

The year abroad is an exciting opportunity to experience the challenges and the satisfaction of living in a different language and culture.

How is this course taught and assessed?

German can be studied on its own (post-A-level), or with one or more other languages or subjects. Beginners follow an intensive language course in the first year.

Most of the course is delivered in small groups. Classroom teaching is supported by online learning resources.

Language is assessed by a regular programme of exercises, written and oral exams. Other elements of the course may be assessed by essays, projects or exams or, occasionally, student presentations.

Many courses allow you to agree your own essay or presentation titles with your teacher so that your studies allow you to pursue your own interests.

What are my career prospects?

Many German language graduates want the opportunity to use their language after graduation. A high proportion find employment in jobs where languages are advantageous.

A significant number of our graduates return to Germany to live and work. In this era of the global economy, expertise in a foreign language is an asset in many job areas, including publishing, the civil service and Foreign Office, marketing, finance, teaching, consultancy, travel and tourism.

Read more about what students from Modern Languages go on to do after graduation.


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