10 Reasons to study German
- With an estimated 101 million native speakers worldwide, German is one of the world’s major languages. It is the official language of Germany and Austria and one of the official languages of Switzerland. It is also the most widely spoken first language in the European Union, one of Australia’s major trading partners, and plays an important role as a language of business and commerce.
- Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world and the strongest one in Europe.
- German is the third most taught foreign language in the English-speaking world.
- Learning German gives access to a rich cultural history and prolific contemporary cultural production, including areas such as literature, philosophy, music, and the visual arts.
- Germany remains forefront of contemporary science, engineering, and medical research.
- With 5.3% of all web pages on the internet being published in German, it is the third most important content language for websites.
- On the UNESCO’s list of books published per country per year, Germany ranks 6th with more than 80,000 new books being published every year.
- The German government today still funds universities and research so generously that students don’t have to pay fees, and international students have very good chances to get scholarships. In 2012, more than 265,000 international students were studying at German universities.
- English and German both belong to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Because they are so closely related, they share many features, which makes learning German significantly easier for English native speakers than learning languages from other language families.
- Germany has the largest outbound tourist trade in the world, with Germans spending about € 80 billion annually to travel abroad. Also, Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world. Have you been there yet?
Reasons to study German at Monash
Monash University is a member of the Group of Eight, representing the top universities in Australia. It is not only Australia’s largest university; it is also a national leader in research and teaching performance and, without doubt, Australia’s most international university.
The School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, one of the largest Schools in the Faculty of Arts, has made significant contributions to the Faculty’s standing in teaching, research and internationalisation. Innovative programs, leading academics and a strong international presence are some of the reasons why studying Arts at Monash is becoming more and more popular.
In recent years the numbers of students taking German Studies at Monash have been growing significantly.
Our academics in the German department are internationally recognised specialists in numerous areas of research, including the history of German literature and culture form early to modern times to the present, German as a foreign language, literary theory, sociolinguistics, media theory, theory and history of drama and theatre, discourse analysis, visual arts and cultures, among others.
The high level of cultural and linguistic competence acquired by studying German can lead to exciting career prospects in Australia and abroad. Our graduates have entered careers in the following fields: business, banking, insurance, marketing; communications and media; public service, diplomacy, trade; international organisations; research and academia; teaching; interpreting and translating; travel, tourism, hospitality.