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German and European Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
German at Vanderbilt 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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Overview

Our department 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. 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
  • Languages
    • English
    • 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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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