„Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.“
"The boundaries of my language are the boundaries of my world."
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
German is the most spoken language in Europe and is often used as a lingua franca in parts of Eastern Europe. It is also one of the closest related languages to English and therefore has many words and word origins in common with English, making it easy to learn. Knowing German opens up opportunities in the business world; Germany has the strongest economy in the European Union and one of the strongest in the world. Many important scientific and literary texts are written in German; knowing German gives you access to knowledge you couldn't have had before.
Webster's German and German Studies programs offer courses in German language and culture taught by passionate instructors (including native German speakers). Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in German or German Studies, or add a German minor or German certificate to internationalize their degree.
Why Study German at Webster University?
- Study abroad opportunities. The German program offers study abroad opportunities a hybrid course that will let you explore Munich, Germany for a week! We also have a campus in Vienna, Austria where you can stay to take classes in English and German. Webster also has a new program in coordination with the University of Trier, Germany.
- Intensive weekends. During the school year, the German program offers an intensive weekend course in which students converse on a specific topic entirely in German. These weekends are great ways to meet other German students, practice the language, and earn credit toward your degree.
- Distinct culture classes. Webster offers unique cultural courses to compliment our language courses, exploring topics like German fairy tales and literature. Some of these culture courses are taught in English, making them accessible to non-German language students.
Society of International Languages and Cultures: SILC hosts multiple entertaining and culturally-focused events throughout the school year, and every event is open for anyone to attend.
German Language Tables: Our long-standing German Language Tables are outside-the-classroom meetings in the
university cafeteria which allow students to have casual conversations in German with
our native-speaking German teaching assistant. All levels of speakers are welcome
to come to the Language Tables for a stress-free way to practice speaking once a week.
Connect with the German Language Table on Facebook
German Film Series: Keep an eye on the ILC events calendar for films in Webster's German Film Series hosted at the Webster Groves campus in Winifred Moore Auditorium.