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About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Goethe, the genitive and reunification

Germany is the largest country in Europe and, throughout history, it has had – and still has – an enormous influence on European development. Denmark has imported everything from our vast neighbour to the south – from commercial products to language and ways of thinking. At the Department of German, you study Germany’s society, history, culture and language.

Germany – from small beginnings

Germany has gone through many changes in recent centuries, during which time the country has progressed from being a collection of principalities to becoming a united country that played a major role in two World Wars. Germany was subsequently divided again – this time into East and West – only to become reunited at the dawn of the new millennium. Germany has a rich history – and a rich language, which is currently spoken by 100 million people in Europe.

From Kafka to 99 Air Balloons

German literature consists not only of Goethe and Schiller – but also of Grimm, Ende, Mann and Nena. You read the best of German literature, get an overview of literary history and study the periods and importance of individual works.

Noun syntagmas and grammatical trees

As a German student, you study the German language in depth – sentence structure, the meaning of words, rules of pronunciation and grammar. These tools enable you to translate correctly and express yourself vividly and fluently in German.

German themes

At the Department of German, we deal with all aspects of the German language, society, culture, etc., including the following questions:

  • What effect did the First World War have on the Germans’ identity and sense of patriotism?
  • How do I express myself correctly in a teaching or business context?
  • What effect did the works of Goethe have on contemporary society?
  • What made Nietzsche declare that God is “dead”?
  • What role does Germany play in the EU?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor


Structure master


Student life

Teaching at the Department of German

The Department of German has an annual intake of 30–40 students (including subsidiary subject students), which means that you do not disappear in large lecture theatres with 200 students – quite the contrary. The teaching involves lectures for all students of a particular year or classroom lessons for smaller groups. It is divided into lectures, student presentations and discussions.

As a German student, you are part of a reading group with fellow students. Reading groups are an important part of the academic and social environment at the university.


The Department of German is well known for having an active, hard-working and friendly student environment. Here are some of the activities and events you can participate in: 

  • Kaffee-Kino: 3–4 times per term, Kaffee-Kino invites you to enter the German film world and shows you both famous and less well-known German films. This is an excellent way to meet your fellow students, as well as students from other years, in an enjoyable and academically relevant environment.
  • Kolloquium am Mittwoch: This is where you can attend lectures and participate in discussions about anything to do with Germany.
  • Spring walk: Every May, a walk is organised somewhere in Djursland, where both teachers and students take part. You can take a packed lunch and spend a pleasant day walking and chatting.
  • Esperanto is the name of the Friday bar at the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture. Here you can also meet students who study other languages at the department
  • Stammtisch: Every second Thursday evening, Stammtisch gets together in the student bar, where the motto is “present time, past time, always”. Here students socialise and speak German while drinking beer from the large selection available.
  • Christmas lunch: A Christmas lunch is held for students of all year groups and is traditionally organised by first-year students.
  • International Students Centre: The University of Aarhus is an internationally oriented university and there are always many exchange students from around the world, including Germany. In Studenterhus Aarhus and the International Students Centre you can meet German students, practice your German and make new friends.
  • The Nobel bar: Nobel Park has its own Friday bar, where you can get cold beer and socialise after 14.00. Once a month, there is a “long bar” with live music until midnight. The Nobel bar also hosts celebrations during the year, so if you are keen on partying, this is where it happens.

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A subsidiary subject in German qualifies you to teach German at upper secondary schools, training colleges, continuation schools, folk high schools or evening classes.

If you wish to teach at upper secondary school, you should be aware that German is a medium subject and that you can improve your job prospects by combining German with a major upper secondary school subject, such as Danish, English, mathematics, social science or history.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.




Language, administration and communication

In addition to teaching jobs, the subsidiary subject in German qualifies you for work in the following areas:




  • Marketing: Exports to the German market.
  • Language: Linguist, translator and interpreter.
  • Project management and administration: Executive secretariat and project management in private sector companies dealing with Germany.
  • Internal and external communication in private and public sector companies.

Competence profile

  • Knowledge of Germany: Basic knowledge of German language, literature, history, culture and social conditions.
  • Intercultural understanding: You learn about intercultural issues and become proficient in communicating between Danish and German via knowledge of language and culture.
  • Communication: You become skilled at working with languages and at expressing yourself vividly and correctly.
  • Analysis and structure: By reading and analysing literature and social issues in different periods and styles, you learn to distinguish between what is important and what is not, and to determine key questions and solutions. This skill can be used in many other contexts, such as administrative work or as a communication officer.