Learn the language most widely spoken in the European Union and study the culture behind Europe’s strongest economy.

17:1 Student to faculty ratio
4 German Language and Culture Groups
Berlin Summer Study Abroad Program Location
18 Average upper-level class size
What Is a Degree in German?

Prepare to be a global citizen by understanding the culture and society of one of today’s major political, economic, and cultural players. You will work with dedicated faculty to attain fluency in speaking and writing German while developing the critical thinking and communication skills to compete in the global market.

Why Study German Here?

Study in small classes with award-winning faculty who will share with you their expertise and appreciation of the German language and culture. You will develop the language and cultural knowledge necessary to collaborate with German-speaking partners in professional and research fields.

Beyond the Classroom

Strong Community

Get Involved

Join our German Culture Club, which organizes a variety of activities.  

We also host a monthly Kaffeeklatsch, where you can enjoy cookies and German conversation. 

Students who excel academically in their German studies are invited to become members of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society. 

Participate in Teach for Jamie, an after-school language and culture program for elementary school students. You'll serve with us in memory of Jamie Bishop, a former German instructor at Virginia Tech.

German Club Teach for Jamie Delta Phi Alpha

Research and Scholarships

Undergraduate Research

As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia

Apply for the Jamie Bishop Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the Virginia Tech German faculty member, and find support as you complete research, study, or internships abroad. 

Undergraduate Research

Study Abroad

Study Away
Virginia Tech in Berlin

Experience the rich culture of Germany's capital city by participating in our five-week faculty-led program. You'll spend four weeks completing an intensive language course at the Goethe Institute. You will live with a German family for a full-immersion experience while you enjoy museums, operas, cafes, and big city life.

In the final week you will explore and travel to Dresden, Weimar, Nuremberg, Munich, and Salzburg.

Germany Study Abroad
Summer Internship at the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe

The Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe offers an 6-week summer internship for an American student from Virginia Tech. Interested  students must have good knowledge of written and spoken German and should have completed at least one 3000-level German course by the end of the semester preceding the internship. Internship responsibilities include office duties, assistance to international students, English tutorial programs, and support to the excursion program. Interns receive free lodging, one main meal a day during the week, free public transportation within Karlsruhe, and the opportunity to attend classes and take part in excursions for international students. Interns are responsible for travel expenses to and from Karlsruhe, health insurance costs, and possibly a visa fee. More information

Logan Hyer standing in front of Studentenhaus


German Help Sessions
German Tutoring

Find extra help with your German classes. We offer tutoring for you through the Student Success Center

Students tutoring

German Tutoring Virginia Tech
What Our Students Are Saying

"The German program has afforded me with many opportunities both here and abroad. I have spent the past three summers in Germany taking classes and pursuing research at the Beethoven Archives. I completed my Honors Thesis in German, thanks to the preparation and education I have received from the program."

-Travis Whaley, '16

“My experience with the German program has been nothing short of wonderful! Students easily get to know and befriend the professors and other students. With the enthusiastic help and encouragement of the professors in this program, I have not only interned abroad in Karlsruhe, Germany, but I have also taught German to elementary school students, become a Young Ambassador to the German government's academic exchange agency, and hosted German cultural events - opportunities I wouldn't have come across without them.”

Samantha Vasquez, ‘17

"The German Program here at Virginia Tech connected me with an internship through Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe, which took place in Karlsruhe, Germany.  While interning in the International Student Center, I was able to teach an English course, translate documents, and plan excursions and events." 

Madeline Yaskowski, BA expected '19

"The German program at Virginia Tech has brought to Blacksburg an ability to experience German culture in a way that you would not think possible without a semester abroad. Language skills improve during meaningful classroom discussions and extracurricular activities. The focus always centers around understanding and celebrating the German heritage, which in turn leads to discovering more about our own."

Andrew Thomas, German Minor, expected '19

Careers and Further Study