School of Languages and Cultures


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.


One of the most influential states in the European Union, Germany is home to a definitive brand of culture, industry, art, literature, and innovation. The German language is both a leading world language and of prime importance in the EU, especially as that Union expands eastwards.

German at Victoria is a major designed with accessibility in mind. You can enter German at university level no matter what your current level. Within the supportive environment of the German Programme, you will soon be speaking, reading, and writing German. Students are automatically members of the German Club, there is a German library for student use and the German choir meets weekly during term time. You can major in German for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or take German as part of a major in Modern Language Studies.

People able to speak both English and German are valued in New Zealand and overseas. You will be in demand for jobs in areas like tourism, marketing, and international business, and qualified also for a wide range of other careers.

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Undergraduate information

German major requirements

  1. GERM 103, 104*
  2. GERM 114
  3. GERM 217, 218 and 20 further points from GERM 200-299
  4. GERM 314 and 40 further points from GERM 300-399

*Requirement (1) will be waived for students who have the appropriate NCEA Level 3 requirements (or equivalent).

Absolute beginners should enrol in GERM 103. Students who have passed NCEA Level 3 in German should apply to enrol in GERM 217.

Other students with some prior knowledge of German will be admitted to 200-level German after assessment of their competence. Please contact German Programme staff prior to enrolment.

Download the German pathways and course offerings flowchart (PDF, 245KB).

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in German

For information specific to German, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.

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How to find out more

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

Classical Studies
International Business
Modern Language Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Tourism Management

International agencies
International business

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List of courses

German courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Meet staff who teach in the German Programme, or contact the School for more information, tel: 04-463 5293, email:

For a complete course listing, see the list of all German courses.

100 Level Courses

FHSS 110 – Reading the World: Languages and Cultures in Context

GERM 103 – Introduction to the German Language

GERM 104 – Elementary German

GERM 114 – Topics in German Culture 1

200 Level Courses

FHSS 210 – Language Study Abroad

GERM 214 – Topics in German Culture 2

GERM 217 – German Language 2A

GERM 218 – German Language 2B

300 Level Courses

FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students

GERM 314 – Topics in German Culture 3

GERM 315 – German Language 3A

GERM 316 – German Language 3B

GERM 320 – German Language 3C

GERM 321 – German Language 3D

400 Level Courses

FHSS 410 – Global Popular Cultures in Context

GERM 401 – Advanced Language Study

GERM 411 – Special Topic 1: Captured Berlin: the Reflection of a City in Word and Image

GERM 412 – Special Topic 2: Austria: Representation and Memory in Exile Narratives

GERM 489 – Research Project