German is a global language. It is the most widely spoken language in the European Union, and it has a huge presence online. Germany’s .de takes second place to .com. German is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the 2nd most popular in Europe and Japan. In the United States, more Americans claim German ancestry than any other. Given the close relationship among Germanic languages, it is realistic for speakers of English to become proficient in German. After completing just the fourth semester of the German language series, students are able to study at a German university abroad, including through UW’s signature program, the Academic Year in Freiburg. Most German majors at UW–Madison also pursue a second major in subjects across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, thereby strengthening their qualifications for careers in diverse fields or for graduate or professional school. And for those students interested in the Certificate in German, this can be earned by taking just 15 credits of coursework beyond 4th semester German (204).

Auf Wiedersehen! [aʊ̯fviːdɐzeːn]: “Until we meet again!”

Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Joanna Schuth, 

Intro Class:
GERMAN 101: First Semester German

Live in Stockwerk Deutsch, the German House in the International Learning Community.

Faculty director: Julie Larson-Guenette,

Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more

Visit the German Club Facebook page for more information.