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The German Program

Some interesting facts about Germany

Skidmore College offers students a variety of options to explore German studies. Courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced German are complemented by courses on German film, literature, and culture. A business German class will prepare you to take the ZDfB exam. This is an international examination administered every spring at Skidmore that leads to a certificate testifying that your knowledge of German can be used in a professional job situation.

Fluency in German can enhance your study of international affairs, management and business, philosophy, history, music, or the natural sciences. Solid language and cross-cultural skills provide an important edge in today’s global market. If you want to be competitive, consider the benefit of choosing German as a foreign language, minor, major, or as part of an interdepartmental major connecting German with Business or Political Science.

Skidmore offers exciting and affordable study-abroad programs in Berlin, Vienna, and Freiburg, which allow you to transfer credit easily and enjoy firsthand the history and culture of these great European cities.