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German is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. It is one of the world’s major languages and the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 105 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers.

The Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in German Studies provide students with a rigorous training in the German language, and with a solid and broad knowledge of German literary and cultural history. This includes film and media studies as well as the theoretical foundations of the studies of literature, intellectual history, critical theory, media, and visual studies. German Studies faculty members are very committed to interdisciplinary work with other units at UF.

In keeping with the mission of a research university, the Graduate Program in German Studies trains and prepares future scholars and teachers of German Studies for careers in higher education. The MA program in German Studies has been particularly successful placing graduate students in prestigious PhD programs such as Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Starting in the summer of 2020, German Studies has a new B1 Intensive German (pdf) Program in Heidelberg, Germany.


UFDeutschklub: Find and follow the official UF German Club on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Walls Event: In 2019, UF students and faculty continued a decade-long consideration of walls and their cultural significance, with the Berlin Wall as the central focal point. This consideration originally began with the “Freedom without Walls” UF Campus Weeks events in 2009 and continued with the “Future of Freedom and Walls” UF Campus Weeks events in 2017. For more information on the related events of the 2019 series “Setting Global-Cultural Limits 30 Years after Berlin 1989”, go to the Setting Global-Cultural Limits web page.

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