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German and European Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
German and European Studies at Vanderbilt University has been offered since the University’s founding in 1873. It entails the study of the present and the past of German-speaking countries such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The goals of our program are to foster critical thinking, to further cross-cultural understanding, and to promote more effective written and spoken communication.
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The Vanderbilt University offers courses both in German and in English, and prepares students for a wide range of professions in business, government, and academia. We emphasize the acquisition of German language skills, the study of intellectual and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present, and offer courses that enable students to work across different disciplines, including history, philosophy, music, and the visual arts. 

Key facts about the German and European Studies

  • To ensure language proficiency and intellectual development, our classes are small, and based on exchange and interaction. A German-language residence hall, social activities, and film and lecture series offer opportunities to further engage with the culture. Additionally, our department offers different study abroad programs.
  • Given Germany’s economic strength, its leading role in the European Union, its rich intellectual heritage, and strategic geographical position between East and West, familiarity with its language and culture enhances one’s career opportunities. Whether you are continuing or just beginning your language and culture study, you are invited to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for German or the Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Great German Works in English
  • War on Screen; Business German
  • Women and Modernity
  • Dreams in Literature
  • The Contemporary German Novel

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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