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Introduction

Neuschwanstein Castle, BavariaOxford has one of the oldest, largest and most active departments of German in the country, with an excellent record in teaching and research, an intake of about 120 undergraduates a year, and a strong and flourishing graduate presence.

With 17 full-time members of staff and a wide range of expertise between them, the department is able to offer an unusually challenging and diverse course at both undergraduate and graduate level.

German is spoken as a first language by approximately 100 million people, and is widely used as a second language, especially in Eastern Europe.Germany is the UK's most important trading partner and remains the powerhouse of the European Union; contacts with Germany are of ever-increasing importance for the governments, businesses and citizens of the new Europe.

The culture of the German-speaking countries is exceptionally rich and vibrant. 18% of the books published worldwide each year are in German. German-speaking writers, thinkers and artists have long been and continue to be at the forefront of intellectual life.

A knowledge of the German language and German culture is both personally enriching and a valuable, and highly marketable, asset in a wide range of careers. To find out more, click on one of the options to the left.

Undergraduate Teaching

The German department is the largest in the country, admitting about 90 students a year from approximately 225 applicants. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise underlined the high standing of the sub-faculty of German by ranking it first among the 27 departments of German in the UK. Students are taught in small groups or pairs throughout their course. These factors combine to create a learning environment which brings out the best in the participants and develops their faculties to the full. Graduates of the German course at Oxford are highly employable and go on to a variety of challenging careers in later life.

Learning support is given in depth. Library needs are fully covered at University, Faculty and College level. The IT facilities in the University and the Colleges are excellent. The Language Centre has a wide variety of authentic language material, as well as satellite television links to German channels.

The course combines a thorough grounding in the four key language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with an extensive choice of options ranging from medieval studies and linguistics to contemporary German literature and society.

German is studied at Oxford either on its own, or in combination with other subjects, whether another modern European language, or Classics, English, History, a Middle Eastern language or Philosophy. If you want to study it on its own, or with another modern language, you apply for the course in Modern Languages; if in combination with one of the other subjects listed, you apply for a joint course (e.g. in English and Modern Languages). You can find further information in the FAQs page and the University prospectus, which also tells you how to apply.

 

 

Medieval German texts

Das Innsbrucker Osterspiel - Word | pdf
Electronic text based on the manuscript and comparison with the editions by E. Hartl (1937) and Meier (1962).

Das Osterspiel von Muri - pdf
Electronic text based on the transcriptions by Friedrich Ranke (1937/1944) and consultation of the facsimiles.

 

 

Related Websites

Oxford German Network
Frederick the Great - Tercentary, Oxford
Medieval German Studies at Oxford
German sites and resources from the Taylor Institution Language/Country Resources page
German CV clinic for job applications in Germany
German Weblinks from the Language Centre website
German for Chemistry Weblinks from the Language Centre website
German for Engineering Science Weblinks from the Language Centre website
The Lambda Project- German at the Language Centre
10 Gründe, Deutsch zu lernen
Women and Death in German Literature, Art and Media after 1500 - Attitudes to women dying, killing and fighting, as represented in German literature and art, are at the centre of this three-year research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.