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Why learn German?

Speakers of German are the largest linguistic group in the European Union and have played a central role in European history and culture for nearly two thousand years. Germany's geographical position has made it a natural mediator between east and west, north and south. In the periods of Reformation, and of Romanticism and Modernism, the German lands saw the birth of literary, artistic, theological, philosophical and musical movements which continue to shape the world we live in today. German writers such as Goethe, the brothers Grimm, Thomas Mann, Brecht or Grass and thinkers such as Luther, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud rank among the most important writers and thinkers of the West.

German remains an important language in the twenty-first century. Germany has the third largest economy in the world and is the world's most successful exporting nation. Roughly 10% of all books published worldwide are written in German and there are more than twice as many German websites (.de) as British (.uk). German is spoken by over 100 million people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Read more from the Goethe-Institut here.

AND read how a researcher at Cambridge University has shown that Germany is the happiest country in the world

AND according to an international study, Germany has overtaken the US in 2014 as the world's best nation and the most popular country.

Our Star Students

Read about some of our students’ success stories, including those who read German ‘Ab Initio’ (from scratch).

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Applying to Cambridge

Information for prospective applicants thinking of studying German at Cambridge.

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Cambridge Online German for Schools

Cambridge Online German for Schools (COGS) is a core element of the Cambridge German Network

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Election views from inside Germany

14 April 2017

An article written by Michelle Martin, a former MML student

German as a Foreign Language Conference

3 April 2017

A conference on teaching German as a Foreign Language with several workshops will be held on Saturday 22 April.

German ab initio students on study trip to Wust in Saxony-Anhalt

27 March 2017

Five ab initio students from the German Department spent a week with German host families.

Dutch section secures a grant for Du5.

15 March 2017

A grant of 1500 Euros from 'De Nederlandse Taalunie' has been secured to spend on Du5.