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Johann W. von Goethe

WELCOME TO GERMAN STUDIES

Mary Immaculate College is the only third-level institution in Ireland to offer German Studies as part of a degree for Primary Teaching, as well as a subject within the Liberal Arts degree. Irish and international postgraduate students have been completing MA and PhD degrees by research, supervised by members of the department. From September 2016, graduates will also have the opportunity to register for a taught postgraduate programme in German, offered in conjunction with UL. The Department has a full-time academic staff of three and one Lektor/in (Language Assistant). Other native speakers of German, who are participating in European exchange programmes, and postgraduate students on Assistantships offer further support to students in and outside the classroom; they run a Film Club and organise other extra-curricular activities.

A fundamental aspect of German Studies at MIC is that our courses allow for a close working relationship between staff and students. German students enjoy a high level of individual attention and support throughout their studies at MIC. This has been reflected in results which have given many of our graduates access to prestigious postgraduate programmes, scholarships and excellent career prospects, even in a difficult economic climate. 

We take part in ERASMUS and other international exchange programmes. Students have access to these both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will meet international students from different German-speaking countries, France, Poland, the U.S. and many other countries in their lectures. We actively support students in the application process for  international scholarships.

The first language of more than 100 million people in Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland, as well as being spoken in Eastern Europe and Northern Italy, German is one of the main languages of modern Europe. German offers access to the rich and diverse cultural heritage of many countries at the heart of Europe. Due to the strength of Germany’s economy and its influential role in the development of the European Union, German is also an important medium of communication for international business and trade.

If you are considering a degree in German Studies, you should have an interest in languages, as well as literature, current affairs and history. You should also be ready to experience a different culture by spending some time in a German-speaking country and be willing to see your own culture from a different perspective.

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