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German Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #446 (QS) Waltham, MA, United States
Brandeis has strong historical links to the German Studies at Brandeis University world. Many of its earliest professors in a variety of disciplines fled Europe and World War II to find a home at Brandeis. Many were German or Austrian. Consequently, the study of German literature and culture has always been an area of particular strength.
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German Studies at Brandeis University remains one of Europe's most important cultural languages. German is spoken in four countries with separate cultural, political, and economic traditions: the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is also the mother tongue of significant minorities in neighboring countries, as well as one of Luxembourg's official administrative languages. After English, German has become the leading political and economic language on the European continent and remains the most useful second language in the former communist bloc countries.

The programme

The significance of German for the humanities is incontestable. German speakers of many nations—from Beethoven and Einstein to Kafka, Canetti, and Wittgenstein—occupy a distinguished place on any list of the cosmopolitan artists, writers and thinkers who have defined Western modernity. Almost every academic discipline has a strong tradition of German scholarship and in many cases one that largely defines the field. In fact, the modern university itself, with its combination of teaching and research, is a German invention, stemming from the practical imagination of Wilhelm von Humboldt.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Beginning German
  • Continuing German
  • Independent Study
  • Intermediate German

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized test scores or a graded analytical paper
  • English Proficiency
  • A letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waltham

  • 1515 - 3140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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