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German Studies at UNSW places special emphasis on integrating the study of social, historical and cultural developments in Germany with the teaching of practical language skills. This approach aims to enable you to achieve a high level of communicative competence in German while offering you a critical understanding of this fascinating modern European society. You will not only develop your knowledge of the German language, but also gain intercultural awareness and understanding of the Germany. Learning German will provide you with a privileged form of access to the cultural resources and complex patterns of life in Germany. Developing competence in German will have an important place in promoting relationships and mutual understanding between countries and peoples.

In the advanced sequence you will, and in the intermediate sequence you may, complete some components of your sequence via cross-institutional study. You are responsible for enrolling yourself before the appropriate UNSW and partner university deadlines for cross-institutional enrolment, which fall well before the beginning of regular UNSW teaching periods. See Cross Institutional Study.

Each course of cross-institutional study requires approval from the appropriate UNSW convenor, with whom you must consult at an early stage to discuss your selection of courses. Once you have successfully completed German Studies courses cross-institutionally, you will have your results reported as transfer credits at UNSW, i.e. specific grades will not appear on your transcript.

If in a given term you are unable to take appropriate courses cross-institutionally, you may be eligible to apply for an individual variation of your program.

Placement Information

If you have prior language knowledge you will need to take an online placement evaluation so that we can assess your skills and select an appropriate level of course for you. Information about the evaluation and additional course details can be found on the web at:

You will not be permitted to enrol in language courses that are too easy for you. If this occurs, you will be requested to change your enrolment.

If you are admitted in your first year of study to ARTS2510 or higher on the grounds of ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of degree requirements.

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 60 UOC.

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Cross-Institutional Prescribed Electives

If you commence at Intermediate Level you can take up to 12 UOC of approved upper-level German Studies prescribed electives via cross-institutional study.
If you commence at Advanced Level you must take at least 12 UOC, up to a maximum of 24 UOC of approved upper-level German Studies prescribed electives via cross-institutional study.

Additional Information

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory or Advanced you cannot commence study until Term 1.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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