* This course is only available for 2014 entry
Why study German with International Studies at Warwick?
- We are consistently ranked by national newspapers as one of the very best departments in the UK.
- German Studies at Warwick has featured at or near the top of student satisfaction rankings since the National Student Survey began.
- We offer a unique combination of exciting modules, intensive language work and small-group teaching (especially in your first year) – and all of this in a supportive and student-friendly environment.
- For us, learning advanced German cannot be separated from the study of German culture,society and politics, making our graduates real communicators between cultures.
- Our annual intake of 60–65 students is supported by 10 full-time academic staff at the cutting edge of their research and teaching disciplines.
- We offer a wide range of studies from the Enlightenment to the ultra-contemporary and exploring film, literature, history, politics and German thought. All of them are taught by acknowledged experts in their field.
- All modules are supported by plentiful resources in our state-of-the-art Transnational Resources Centre, our outstanding Library collection and on the web.
- You will be supported by our specialist librarian who oversees one of the UK’s most substantial collections of German material and also manages our extensive system of web-based research tools and digital resources.
- In your year abroad, you will be able to participate in our residential course at a medieval castle in Germany.
- Our aim is that when you graduate you will have acquired a very high level of expertise in written and spoken German as well as an in-depth understanding of German culture and society from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
Adding the international dimension to German
This degree maintains a strong focus on German language, politics and culture, whilst offering scope for those who wish to develop their interest in politics and international affairs. It is designed to meet the needs of those intent on careers in the socio-political and business spheres or within an area of the EU.
In years one and two, three quarters of your work will be in German Studies. Alongside German language in the first two years, you will take modules on the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution, as well as the Weimar Republic and National Socialism and German society and culture from the Second World War to the present day.
You will spend your year abroad either at a university or working as a language assistant in a country where German is spoken.
In your first two years, 25% of your studies will be in International Studies with the core modules World Politics and Theories of International Relations. However, in your final year you may, if you wish, select up to half your modules from the Department of Politics and International Studies. Options currently include European Policy-making, Middle East Regional Relations, and Ethnic Conflict and Political Violence.
For detailed information please visit the course page.
How will I be taught?
In the first year we teach most of our classes in small groups of seven or eight students; this promotes confidence and helps students to adjust quickly and effectively to university-level study. Many students have never studied films or literary texts before, so workshops equip you with the necessary study skills. You will take part in tutorials, seminars, oral classes and lectures.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations and examinations, both written and oral. Throughout your course you will receive detailed feedback to help improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
All the degrees in the German Department are four years in length, including a year spent studying or working overseas. You can either study at a university such as Vienna, Berlin or Cologne, work as a school language teaching assistant or complete an approved work placement. At our annual residential course at Schloss Dhaun in Rheinland-Pfalz – something unique to Warwick – we meet up with all our year abroad students for seminars, tutorials and discussions.
The typical offers listed below are indicative. Offer levels are not set until just before the application cycle, so those applying for 2014 entry should check the latest offer levels before applying through UCAS.
A Level ABB including German
International Baccalaureate 34 points including 6 in Higher level German
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not normally interview, but applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department.
Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants include an invitation to a choice of Departmental Offer Holder Days in the spring term.
What careers can a Warwick degree in German with International Studies lead to?
When you leave, you’re likely to be among the most employable graduates in your year. In recent years our graduates have taken up positions with prestigious firms and organisations such as KPMG, Deloitte, Accenture, Esso, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and SAP. Whether you are interested in working in management and accountancy or in media and journalism, a degree in German will set you up for a bright future.
Confirmation and Clearing
We have a limited number of places available to students looking to begin their studies in 2014. Find out on our clearing pages if you might be eligible and the process for applying.
Dr Jim Jordan
4th Year Undergraduate