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Studying German at Royal Holloway



To study German is to set out on an exciting journey. Here at Royal Holloway you will be part of a stimulating and supportive community, led by a small team of enthusiastic and experienced lecturers. We are proud of the high levels of satisfaction our students report. The courses we teach give you the chance to engage with a society that is undergoing rapid change, as well as with film, history and literature. As a student of German, beginner or advanced, you will discover the Germany behind the - positive and negative - stereotypes. Discover, too, a multicultural society at the heart of modern Europe, engaged in lively debates about history, memory and identity. Experience a vibrant and dynamic culture at the forefront of the latest trends in film, art and design. And get to know a nation that plays a crucial role in global politics, economics and business. 

Why study German at Royal Holloway?

Degree Combinations

You can study German as part of a Joint Honours degree, for example CLC and German, or in combination with one of the other languages we teach: French, Italian or Spanish. You can also study German as a minor part of a degree programme, or as an element of European and International Studies (German), Liberal Arts or Multilingual Studies. Please also consult Course Finder.  

Teaching and Support

We are a small and friendly team of dedicated lecturers. Your teaching will take place in small groups, and language teaching is carried out mainly in German. Oral classes are led by native speakers. Our staff have research interests in film and literature - you can find out more about our research here - and the School is top-ranked in London for Modern Languages research (REF 2014).

Course Units

Studying German means engaging not only with the language, but also with German-language culture more broadly. Alongside your language classes, you will have the chance to deepen your knowledge of German film, history and literature. We offer courses on writers such as Theodor Fontane, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann, and on films such as Good Bye Lenin! You can find more information about our courses here.

Year Abroad: Work, Study and/or Teach 

Ask our graduates what they enjoyed most about their degree programme, and they will say: ‘das Auslandsjahr!’ Whether you decide to work in a large company in Berlin, study in Munich or teach English in a small village in the Austrian Alps, the year abroad will not only give you the opportunity rapidly to improve and hone your language, it will also help you develop valuable personal and professional skills.


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