The German program broadens your perspective as you become proficient in the language and gain valuable insight into the cultures, histories, and literatures of the German-speaking world.

Why Study the German Language, Literature, and Culture at UNC Asheville?

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Collaborate With Experts

Our faculty includes native German speakers and those who have extensively traveled abroad, bringing vast firsthand experience and inspiring enthusiasm into the classroom. Their time living and working in German-speaking countries gives them unique insights, and our small class sizes enable personalized instruction and close mentoring relationships, facilitating deeper engagement with the material.

Outside the Classroom

At UNC Asheville, your learning extends well beyond the classroom. We encourage you to experience our vibrant campus culture and engage with student organizations that enrich your educational journey.

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German Club

Practice your German skills in an environment that cultivates authentic connections through peer-to-peer conversations at events such as Kaffee and Kuchen, hosted by the student-run German Club. The Club also holds events like the annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market).

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Study Abroad

Studying abroad is one of the best ways to put your education into action. UNC Asheville has exchange relationships and associations with universities and cultural institutions in countries across the globe, including Germany, and we encourage you to explore opportunities to expand your studies.

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Academic Support

Learning a new language requires dedication and practice. To support you on your path toward fluency, we hold tutoring sessions twice per week. Whether you’re just getting started on language acquisition or are nearing the end of your studies, tutoring sessions are a great place to receive feedback and nurture your written and oral language skills.

German Faculty

Our faculty’s background in studying and working abroad helps to shape the global perspective they bring to the classroom. Their real-world experience and expertise make them passionate advocates for language learning, engaging students through lectures and hands-on projects. German concentration students thrive in small classes led by experts who empower them to apply their skills inside and outside the classroom.

German Language Careers & Outcomes

German language skills can lead to careers in education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. With their robust critical thinking and communication abilities, German studies graduates pursue diverse employment opportunities and graduate programs. Those in the teacher licensure pathway graduate prepared to teach the German language to middle or high school students, depending on licensure type.

UNC Asheville Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literatures students who pursue a concentration in German have found great success in graduate studies, gaining acceptance to renowned institutions across the country.

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 Join UNC Asheville’s Globally Focused German Concentration Program

Through cultural immersion, study abroad, undergraduate research, and our lively campus community, UNC Asheville’s German concentration equips you for success in today’s globalized world. Here, you enrich your understanding, transform your outlook, and prepare to engage with international cultures, histories, and languages. Join a one-of-a-kind educational experience led by expert faculty guiding you to proficiency.

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