German Degree: What to expect?

Between Oktoberfest, lederhosen, and bratwurst, it goes without saying that Germany is a pretty sweet country. Add in a riveting history, a viable economy, and fascinating music videos, and you’ve got one interesting place to study and visit.

For those who hope to put their love of German culture and language to work paying their bills, consider getting a German degree.


Most schools offer an undergraduate degree in German. This degree will take about four years to complete, and at the end of your program, you’ll finish up with a Bachelor of Arts in German.

While you’re in school, expect to spend a good part of your time learning the language, which means brushing up on your vocabulary and figuring out sentence structure. You’ll start your language studies with the basics, like colors and greetings, and as the years (and your skills) progress, you can expect to learn the vocab of more complex situations.

In addition to picking up the ability to ask for directions and debate politics in German, you’ll also spend time in classes dedicated to German literature, history, and culture.

Next Step

When you finish up with your German undergrad degree, it might at first seem like you don’t have tons of options on what to do next. Though you might need to search a little (or spend more time in school), there are actually many options for those with this degree.

The first and most obvious option is to teach. With a master’s degree—or dual undergrad degree—in teaching, you can work with students in high school or college. Another option is to head to business school and work with Germany-based companies, or those in the states that deal primarily with German clients.

If both business and teaching aren’t really your thing, then consider international law, international work, or Foreign Service positions.

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