German at Leeds

Our history

German language has been taught at the University of Leeds since the institution formally came into existence in 1904. 

Excellence and innovation in teaching and research

Students in German enjoy their studies at Leeds, but you don't have to just take our word for it. In the most recent National Student Survey (2017), German at Leeds received 95% for overall satisfaction. Not only is the teaching of the highest standard, but the wide choice of modules at all levels gives students the opportunity to tailor their programme to their own interests, and towards future career plans.

Sometimes at university level, it is easy for students to feel anonymous, but the close-knit community and excellent pastoral care in the German department makes you feel as though there is always someone to talk to should a problem arise.

Aside from the excellent teaching, Leeds is a sociable and exciting place to live and study, and the department runs great extra-curricular activities that help you get to know your course mates and the staff.

Jade Douglas, BA German, 2010-2014

German at Leeds today

If you choose to study German, you can expect: 

  • To join a community of scholars with an innovative research culture focussed on contemporary (20th and 21st century) cultural studies, with interests in literature, history, cinema and theatre.

  • A vibrant, student-run German Society. The friendly and inclusive interaction between Leeds students, Erasmus scholars from visiting partner universities and staff creates a dynamic atmosphere for effective learning. Regular fixtures on the German Society’s activities are a trip to Berlin and participation in the Sauerkraut cup, a national football competition. 

  • An innovative course that offers a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills and explore your own interests, with modules that support you as you become an outstanding graduate, primed for the intellectual, cultural and professional challenges ahead.

  • The opportunity to spend a year in a German-speaking country, in an internship with a German company, as a teaching assistant with the British Council or studying at a German university. The Year Abroad is eminently enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Employers understand that the enhanced cultural awareness and resourcefulness you gain when living abroad make you stand out in the global jobs market.

  • A strong track record in graduate employment. Germany currently has the strongest economy in the EU and many of our graduates have begun their careers working for German firms.  Alongside graduates working in journalism, teaching, law, management and translation, we have graduates with Allianz, Deutsche Bank, The Guardian newspaper, thebigword language solutions and the European Union.

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