German is the language of three major cultural and financial hubs - Austria, the fourth richest country in the European Union, Switzerland, home of the majestic Alps, and of course Germany, the foremost European business center.

German is the language of internationally acclaimed writers, philosophers, scientists, musicians, theologians, psychologists and artists.

As a German student, you'll be encouraged to explore the world through travel, with options ranging from intensive three-week travel courses to semester or year-abroad programs.

German provides excellent preparation for you if you wish to work and study in German-speaking areas.

We offer a minor in German.

Study Abroad in Germany

“Studying in Bern, Switzerland was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found a place where I could study my major while still learning about the many different facets of my minor, German.... It was incredible being able to go out and discover how to speak and live life Swiss style.”

Laura Fredell ’14

Sample Course Offerings:

  • GRMN 311: German Civilization and CultureStudents standing by ruins in Germany
  • GRMN 380 Special Topic: Middle Ages
  • GRMN 380: German Language Literature Culture 

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Photo of part of a German town by a river

Exchange program in Germany

Roanoke College's exchange with Otto-Friedrich-Universitat in Bamberg, Germany, is designed to help students enhance their German language skills and gain firsthand knowledge of German culture. Bamberg, located in the very center of Germany, is a charming medieval town composed of winding streets and quaint architecture. Bamberg is known for its history, scenic beauty and quaint cafés. The historic Altstadt (Old Town) area of Bamberg has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

Shields heads back to Germany with Fulbright

Stephanie Shields '17 has been selected for a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany. She will be doing research at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany. Shields will contribute to work on vocal learning - the capacity to learn to produce new sounds through imitation - in the bat Phyllostomus discolor. Shields is a psychology major with a neuroscience concentration and a German minor. After her Fulbright work, Shields plans to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Shields has been conducting research at Roanoke with Dr. David Nichols for several years, and her work resulted in one first-author publication and another first-author manuscript submitted for publication. One of her projects relates to facial attractiveness and emotionality in which she used EEG to investigate the timing of neural responses to faces.