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German, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Poughkeepsie, NY, United States
Studying German has a long and impressive history at Vassar dating back to the college’s first year, 1865. Today, the Department of German Studies continues that tradition by offering an integrated approach to the study of language, literature, and culture.


The German Studies Department offers its students:intellectual engagement at all levels of the curriculum. From our elementary German sequence to our senior seminars, students pursue the complex interconnections between language and culture while gaining the proficiency to interact successfully with native speakers.innovative learning. The department stands at the national forefront of efforts to combine language learning with cultural studies. It has also led the way in developing technology, such as videoconferencing and our online virtual learning environment, called MOOssiggang, to enable Vassar students to interact with German university students, authors, and professionals as well as students studying German at other top-ranked colleges in the international and intercultural education. In our increasingly globalized world, Vassar students have opportunities to work with native speakers through online exchanges and through our language fellow, who comes to us every year from the University of Münster. In addition, the department participates as the only liberal arts college in the Berlin Consortium, one of the top-ranked junior year abroad programs in Germany. Our students can also attend a variety of abroad programs to study at universities in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Mainz, Munich, Tübingen, Salzburg, Vienna and many other locations.interdisciplinary approaches. Our curriculum offers students the opportunity to explore Germany’s extraordinarily rich cultural tradition, one that has thoroughly influenced almost every field of study currently offered at Vassar. The department’s faculty members pursue an active interdisciplinary research agenda while participating energetically in a number of multidisciplinary programs and departments on campus, including Film, Jewish Studies, International Studies, Media Studies, and Women’s Studies. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to complete their major requirements with up to four German-related courses from other departments, such as Anthropology, Art, Education, History, Music, Philosophy, Politcal Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sex Before, During, and After the Nazis
  • Beginning German: The Stories of Childhood
  • Intensive Beginning German
  • Intermediate German I: Identity in Contemporary Germany
  • Intermediate German II: Space in Weimar Germany
  • Turning a Phrase: Writing with Style in German

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Admission to Vassar is highly selective. Although we weigh a number of factors in the admission decision, the most important is academic ability, as demonstrated by performance in high school. We also consider personal strengths, motivation, and potential as evidenced in essays, recommendations, and out-of-class involvements. Standardized test scores are also reviewed, as an indicator of academic aptitude.While we do not prescribe a specific secondary school program, we expect applicants to have elected the most demanding courses available. Therefore, we recommend students elect four years of English, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, History or Social Science, and Foreign Language. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56130 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56130 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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