German has more than 100 million native speakers and is the third most popular foreign language around the world. A knowledge of German opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe as well as its history, philosophy, literature, music and scientific traditions. The German Studies Program has a proud history of more than half a century at the University of Melbourne and provides students with the opportunity to complete part of their studies overseas through scholarships and exchange programs. German is a major world language. It is the national language of Germany and Austria, one of the national languages of Switzerland and is used extensively throughout Europe as a language of business and commerce. German is the third most popular foreign language world-wide and is the language of a major trading partner of Australia. A knowledge of German also opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe and its history.
German thinkers have for centuries been pre-eminent in fields as diverse as philosophy, literature, medicine, chemistry and engineering. A number of German and Austrian writers and thinkers have been honoured with the Nobel Prize, most recently Günter Grass in 1999, Elfriede Jelinek in 2004 and Herta Müller in 2009.
The German studies program has a proud history of more than half a century at the University of Melbourne. The program has strong links with universities in German-speaking countries and provides students with the opportunity to complete part of their studies overseas through scholarships and exchange programs. Options and interdisciplinary electives are available at all levels to encourage students to pursue their particular interests and develop prospective career pathways.
The program provides an intimate study environment with excellent access to talented and enthusiastic teaching staff with wide ranging interests in German language and culture. It has a strong reputation in both teaching and research and has an impressive publishing record over a broad range of topics. In addition to three entry levels of language tuition and three separate streams of language tuition, the German studies program offers background study options on a broad range of linguistic, literature, film and cultural topics.
The rules of art do not exist, because what makes art art is the fact that it obeys no rules at all. Elfriede Jelinek. Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1990)