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

QS Top 100

  • 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
  • Experience
  • Maturity
  • Independence
  • Adaptability
  • Employment advantage


  • Dept of Foreign Affairs
  • Financial Sector
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Apple Europe
  • SAP
  • RTE
  • 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.

Department of German


First Floor, O' Rahilly Building, UCC