Top 10 German Universities to Study German Language and Literature

deutschlandflaggeWhich other country would be more suitable to study German Language and Literature than Germany? The country of poets and thinkers, as Germany is referred to hosts ages of traditional Universities that provide an excellent syllabus into mastering this beautiful and rich language. For the students who are heading in this direction, into becoming a true master of the German language, native or foreigner, Zeit Online came up with certain criteria based on what students are mostly looking for in a German Language University unraveling the tight list of top 10 Universities that accomplish each and every one of them in flying colors. Languages are a complex field where literature is one obscure domain highly difficult to elaborate. According to Zeit Onlines predetermined criteria as follows, I was able to find the 10 best Universities to study German language and literature in Germany.

  1. Library – Students assessed the availability of literature required for studies, the stock of books and specialist publications, the user support, the possibility of literature research, the availability of workstations in the libraries as well the opening and lending times. Additionally the students of English Studies/American Studies and Romance Studies assessed the range of primary literature in the target language and history students assessed the range historical sources
  2. School practice – For teaching qualification subjects the index contains judgments about, how subject related didactics were taught as well as preparation and evaluation of the practical school studies.
  3. Courses Offered – Students assessed amongst other things the breadth of content, the international orientation and the interdisciplinary relevance within the teaching. In addition to this there are also subject-specific criteria e.g. language training and the courses offered in the target language in the areas of English Studies/American Studies and Romance Studies, the program of field trips for history students and the quality of methodology training for psychology students
  4. Research Reputation – Which tertiary institutions are the leading ones according to the opinion of the professors in research? Naming the own tertiary institution was not taken into consideration.
  5. Teacher Support – Students assessed the accessibility of the lecturers, the teachers consulting hours, informal support by the teachers, review of homework and term papers.

As the predetermined criteria are all based in student judgments, alumni judgments, professor judgments and facts, when it comes to research, syllabus, the teacher expertise and mentoring or practice based interventions the following Universities reach the top ten list.

Mannheim University

The University of Mannheim is well known for its distinct profile, its business orientation and its international approach. Various rankings, awards and evaluations classify the University of Mannheim as one of the leading universities in Germany. Mannheim’s renowned Economics and Social Sciences Programs are closely intertwined with Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. The University of Mannheim is mainly located in Mannheim Palace, the largest baroque palace in Germany. Since the fall semester 2011, the University of Mannheim and the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) jointly offer the consecutive M.A. ‘Intercultural German Studies’. Students study one year in Germany and one year in Canada and earn a joint degree of both universities. The program offers a broad interdisciplinary framework for German language and literature studies.

Augsburg University

The University of Augsburg campus is one of the most congenial places to study in Germany. Situated near the city centre of Augsburg, the campus is spacious without being overwhelming. The modern buildings, functional and yet architecturally appealing, blend into a landscaped park with grassy areas, a lake, fountains and several sculptures by contemporary artists. The University of Augsburg was founded in 1970. It is one of the new, modern universities in Bavaria, and with approximately 15,000 students it is of a manageable size. The University of Augsburg provides the ideal conditions for completing a degree program successfully and within a reasonable time frame. Ever since it was founded, the University has been committed to reform and innovation. Seven faculties have been established, each with long-term strategies for development and using the most up-to-date facilities available.

Ruhr University – Bochum

Located in the midst of the dynamic, hospitable metropolitan area of the Ruhr, in the heart of Europe, the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) with its 20 faculties, RUB’s disciplinary institutional units, is home to 5,000 employees and over 36,500 students from 130 countries. All the great scientific disciplines are united on one compact campus. The RUB is on its way to becoming one of the leading European universities of the 21st Century. Almost all courses are offered as Bachelor and Master Degree programs.

Heidelberg University

Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in Germany and was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire. Heidelberg has been a coeducational institution since 1899. Today the university consists of twelve faculties and offers degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in some 100 disciplines. International students from some 130 countries account for more than 20 percent of the entire student body. The University Library is the main library of the university, and constitutes together with the decentralized libraries of the faculties and institutes, the integral university library system comprising approximately 6.7 million printed books.

Kassel University

The University is a technical college, educational entity, and research institution. An Either-Or has been imposed between these three possibilities. Within the ‘concept of the university’, however, these purposes constitute an inseparable unity. These purposes may not be separated from each other without both destroying the spiritual substance of the university and becoming stunted themselves. All three purposes are elements of a living whole. “The University Kassel, with its 17,000 students, 2,200 employees, its 18 departments, its institutes and its academic centers, offers academic programs with various admission and degree opportunities like Bachelor and Masters. The Hessen International Summer University (ISU) has become an internationally oriented

LMU Munich

As a genuine “universitas” LMU Munich has the unique opportunity and a deep obligation to deal with the ever more complex questions facing humankind, society, culture, the environment and technology by creating interdisciplinary solutions. In terms of student numbers, the Faculty of Languages and Literatures is the largest faculty at LMU Munich. Conducting quality research at international level, the three departments and a number of interdisciplinary working groups offer a range of languages, literatures, and cultures that is unique in Germany, covering both living and historical languages. Research- and practice-oriented subjects, such as German as a foreign language, book studies, and media didactics, strategically prepare students for a broad and rich professional life in a society in which cross-cultural communication skills are among the most important qualifications.

Osnabruck University

The specific profile of the School of Language and Literary Studies is shaped by the combination of comprehensive Language and Literary Studies with classical Latin philology and by the modern languages of English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. One of the joint elements of teaching that define its profile is Teacher Education and the participation of all departments in the polyvalent Dual Major Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Education degree programs. The departments are committed to the University’s core objective of promoting research-based Teacher Education, which they see as a task to be tackled throughout the University by all departments. This commitment is illustrated not only by the projects realized in the departments, but above all by their involvement in the Center for Teacher Education (German), which aims to ensure a fair balance between scientific disciplines and didactics. Outside the University, the School has numerous relationships with facilities within the City of Osnabrück and the rural district. For example, members of the School’s teaching staff play an active role in teacher education and training; projects are carried out with many local schools in which pupils and teachers are introduced to and involved in university life and the departments of the School of Language and Literary Studies.

Kiel University

Students will take the degree at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. Kiel is a modern city on a beautiful inlet of the Baltic Sea, near the Danish border. Berlin, Amsterdam, or Copenhagen are within easy distance, and an overnight boat trip takes you to Oslo. Many water sports are available, including sailing and windsurfing. The curriculum includes language and culture courses from beginning to advanced levels at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. They are taught by experienced German language teachers and native speakers from the Kiel/Hamburg area. Students may also take advantage of the German tutors (usually students at the University in Kiel), who engage program participants in various extracurricular activities such as cooking, sports, going out and attending events around the city. The Intensive German Language program will run in conjunction with the International Studies Kiel program that fulfills International Studies major requirements. Interested students will have the option to take courses from both programs.

RWTH Aachen

With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. 37917 students in 126 courses of study are registered for the winter semester of 2012/13, including almost 5000 international students from more than 120 countries. Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry.

Siegen University

The University of Siegen library currently primarily offers stock of relevance to the subjects taught at the university. In addition to print media, the range of digital resources is continually being expanded. Maintaining stock at 4 different sites means that the respective departments are guaranteed direct access the information relevant to their specialisation and topic. Any literature not held can be acquired via the interlibrary loan system. Key skills relating to targeted information searches are taught within the scope of a range of training courses.

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