Why Study German?
Thinking of studying German at UCC?
UCC’s German Department offers an exciting suite of courses aimed at both beginners and non-beginners. So you have the unique opportunity of learning a foreign language from scratch, or you can build on previous knowledge.
All degree programmes involve intensive language training in one of the most significant European and world languages, both culturally and economically. Our module range includes German translation, German film, literature and art, German history, society and politics, and our students go on to enjoy successful careers in a large range of professions that includes translation / interpreting, banking, sales, marketing, teaching and lecturing. In terms of career prospects, foreign languages have been found to add significantly to students’ life-time earnings, with German leading the field in this regard.
We are a small department that offers excellent staff-student ratios, allowing intensive engagement with all our students, as well as a collegiate atmosphere that puts the needs of the language-learner to the fore. For further information on any aspect of our courses, please contact Dr. Gert Hofmann
Thinking of studying German: What we offer
- Small Department, individual attention
- Access to native speakers
- German Language to degree level
- Culture & Society
- Modern Literature and Film
Third year abroad
- Study at at an approved European University
- Live abroad for a full academic year
- Language skills
- Employment advantage
- Dept of Foreign Affairs
- Financial Sector
- Apple Europe
- Enterprise Ireland
- Bord Bia
- Murphy’s Germany
- Dresdner Bank
- and many more..
Why study German? Helpful links
The following are links to more information on why languages, and German in particular, are of benefit.
- GermanConnects;) an initiative by the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut Irland, developed in close association with the Austrian and Swiss embassies in Dublin, key Irish educational institutions and business organizations
- Interviews with Irish people working in Germany (GermanConnects; YouTube channel)
- Irish Times Article March 2016 http://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/efforts-to-build-world-economy-limited-by-lack-of-languages-1.2562407
- 2014 Report on Future Skills Needs
- Why study languages?
- THINK GERMAN An initiative by the German Embassy London, UK-German Connection, Goethe-Institut London and DAAD
- Irish Times Article April 2010 Language Gap is latest Threat to Jobs
- Irish Times Article August 2010 Ireland Shakes off 'Wild West' Reputation in Germany
- Multilinguals have a competitive Edge - ECML Press release - New study uncovers groundbreaking data
- Lost in Translation The importance of language skills for Irish exports. From an Enterprise Ireland publication 'The Market' 2010/11 (go to p.12)
- The cognitive benefits of being bilingual, by Viorica Marian, Anthony Shook (Dana Foundation 2012)
- Multilinguals have the competitive edge
- The e-zine Higher Education World from the QS Press Office published the following report on responses to a survey regarding the value given by employers to international student experience. This arose from the QS Global Employer Survey Report 2011. Employers value Int'l or full report.
- BBC Discussion on learning foreign languages