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A student in Austria during a year abroad from studies
Your year abroad can take you to any German-speaking country - pictured, Emma Ridges in Austria.

Engage with the language, unique cultures, heritages and histories of Germany and Austria.

You will develop your language skills throughout your studies with us whilst also developing in-depth knowledge of the German-speaking world.

In addition to the core programme that builds language and communication skills, you can choose from a range of specialist topics and modules that reflect staff teaching and research expertise.

With modules including varied topics and content (literature, music, film, history, intellectual thought, business German, and translation), we offer a wide and diverse programme for both single honours and joint honours students.

"Studying German and Translation in Cardiff has provided me with memories and skills I will forever value. I was given opportunities to live and work in Germany and undertake a wide range of modules looking closely at German history and culture."

Isobel Hale, BA Modern Languages and Translation

Our teaching includes a range of both formal and innovative assessments, from exams and essays to vlogs, presentations, film reviews, and photo essays.

We pride ourselves on our extra-curricular activities including a regular film programme, a book club, and access to an enthusiastic German Society run by students who organise activities, socials, and trips throughout the year.

Our School is inclusive and friendly and we have recently been listed in the top 10 German Departments in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020. We welcome students with A-level or GSCE level German as well as those with no previous knowledge of German.

We offer the following German courses both within our School and in conjunction with other Schools from the University:

German is also offered, along with a second language option, on:

Degree name UCAS Code
Modern Languages and Translation (BA) 76D3

Why study German?

With over 100 million native speakers, German is one of the key European languages. Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe, an important political player on the world stage and influential across many sectors and industries.

German speakers are therefore much sought after by employers in national and international business, as well as a wide range of fields including media, arts, teaching, translating, publishing, the Civil Service, marketing and finance.

What you will gain

A language is a skill for life. The Year Abroad offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in German either as a student or working in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. For many students, this is a highlight of the language studies programme at Cardiff.

By the end of a degree in German, you will have gained high proficiency in the language and developed valuable communications and intercultural skills that will prove an asset for your future life and career.

Our language partnerships

You will benefit from our close working relationship with cultural and governmental partners which helps to improve your study experience and our teaching expertise.

Goethe Institut

We are fortunate to be the only German Department in the UK that has an on-site presence of the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s national cultural institute, as well as being a certified Goethe Institut examination centre.

You may also apply for undergraduate Fellowships: the Stuttgart Fellowship for example, offers students the opportunity to participate in language programmes in Stuttgart, one of Cardiff’s twin cities.

We have also helped students successfully apply for summer fellowships with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).