Why Study German?

Learning a foreign language will open new opportunities to you: studying abroad, employment options, and learning about cultures other than your own. Studying foreign languages can change your life.  The University of Kansas offers foreign language study in 40 languages, but here are some key reasons why you should study German or another Germanic language:

German is a Critical Language

Germany’s central location in Europe and strong economy make it vital in today’s world. The rich history of the German language and culture make it central to understanding the past and shaping the future.

Studying German Can Enhance Your Career

Did you know that knowledge of German can give you an average salary boost of 4%, compared with a 2% boost for knowledge of Spanish?

You will explore German Kultur

With knowledge of German, you can access a wide range of sources for studies in art history (on artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Gerhard Richter, for example), photography, graphic arts, design, theater, film, dance, music, and architecture.  Germany is home to more than 3,000 museums, which are visited by more than 100 million people each year.

Please view "Why Learn A Foreign Language?"  to discover more reasons to learn a foreign language in general and German in particular.

Other Sources: Goethe Institut


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