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German, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The German program of Northwestern University places a high priority on fostering personal contact between faculty and students and strives to maintain small class sizes that allow active and interactive learning.
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The German program of Northwestern University encourages students in the department of German to pursue either a Major in German or one of the three minors: A Minor in German, a Minor in German Studies, and a Minor in Business German. 

In both, the major and the three minors, students will accomplish two broad goals: 

  • become acquainted with the language and culture beyond second-year college German
  • create (with the help of the undergraduate advisor) an individual concentration that organizes and completes their study of German culture, literature, and history.

The learning goals for the Major are as follows:

  • linguistic competence to the point of “near native fluency",
  • knowledge of the basic canon of modern German literature, and
  • knowledge of modern German/central European history and culture, and
  • expertise in a concentration that combines the previous elements with a theme developed in consultation with the student's adviser.

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 include:

  • Beginning German
  • Intermediate German
  • Contemporary Germany
  • The German Film
  • German Contributions to World Literature
  • German Cultural Studies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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