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German has more than 100 million native speakers and is the third most popular foreign language world-wide. German Studies provides an intimate study environment with enthusiastic and student-focussed talented teaching staff who have a wide range of in-depth knowledge of German language, literature, history and culture.

Open up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe

When you study German, you’ll be able to connect meaningfully with German-speaking cultures, histories, philosophies, literature, music and scientific traditions. You won’t just have the opportunity to learn how to understand, speak, read and write German, you can also explore many aspects of German culture and society. You can engage with authentic texts including literature and music, watch and critique films, and debate historical and contemporary issues.

You’ll take a placement test to make sure you’re in the right class for your level, whether you’re a beginner or have studied German before. There are even opportunities to undertake studies in a German-speaking country – an incredible way to improve your language skills and enrich your appreciation of German-speaking cultures.

Where can German Studies take you?

Germany plays a central role in the European Union and German is used extensively throughout Europe as a language of business, music and science, so competency in the language and an understanding of German-speaking cultures can open up career opportunities across Europe. Past students have gone on to careers in media, performing arts, science, medicine, interpreting, journalism, education, foreign relations, law and diplomacy.

Exchange helped me grow confident in approaching my daily conversations with locals, and built me up to be more open-minded, confident and curious about my opportunities in Melbourne and worldwide. It’s a cliché but true, that the best life lessons I’ve learnt so far have been on exchange. While we focused on the German language and German points of view, we stumbled upon themes that were truly universal, such as the complexity of belonging and identity, immigration, and cultural tolerance.

Kate Balharrie
Bachelor of Arts, with a Diploma in Languages (German)
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Where do I start?

Before you begin studying a language, there are a couple of steps you will need to take:

1. Pick how you’ll study your chosen language

There is a wide range of options available to students interested in studying German Studies

2. Apply/Enrol

You’ll need to create an account and apply for your chosen course before taking the language questionnaire and placement test.

Visit your chosen course page and begin the application process.

3. Online placement test

The language questionnaire and online placement test makes sure you're placed in the right class for your proficiency level. It's important to note that you should not study for this test or get a friend to take it for you as it will assess your current ability. Your test results will determine what level class you're placed in.

Once you have completed your placement test, you will be placed in one of the below entry points:

German Studies 1 entry point
For students who have very little or no background in the German language.

German Studies 3 entry point
Usually for students who have undertaken four or five years of secondary school German or who have obtained a low VCE German score.

German Studies 5 entry point
Usually for VCE German students.

German Studies 7 entry point
Usually for native speakers or near-native speakers of German, or for candidates who have spent a number of years in a German speaking country.

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