Welcome to the German programme at CUHK! The German language and culture programme has been supporting links between Hong Kong and the German-speaking countries for over 40 years.
We offer courses in German language (from level A1 to B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and on various aspects of German culture. Prior knowledge of German is not required to join our programme.
During summer breaks of your undergraduate studies, you can take summer courses on German language and culture in the universities abroad, e.g. in Germany and Austria. The credits earned in those courses can be counted towards your minor studies in German and your graduation.
Why study German?
Our classes are communicative and fun. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn German through in-class interaction.
German is the language with the most native speakers in Europe.
Native speakers of German (ca 95M speakers) live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and their neighbouring countries.
German opens the door to a world of education opportunities.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland offer a wide varieties of excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programmes that are taught in German or English. In Germany and Austria, local and non-local students can take degrees either free of charge, or at a comparatively low tuition fee.
German paves the way to great professional opportunities.
Germany is among the leading exporting nations and one of the key economic players in the world. Speaking German opens up a larger number of job opportunities for you in Hong Kong, as employers of German-speaking countries who do business in Hong Kong are interested in finding staff who speak German and are familiar with the culture of German-speaking countries.
Germany is a world leader in innovation, technology, and engineering.
The leading industries in Germany are the automotive, mechanical engineering, electrical and chemical industries. German is the language that goes with this leading and innovative role in the world.
German is the key to understand the outstanding cultural and scientific achievements of human beings.
German has been the language of the key works of cultural heritage as well as scientific achievements of human beings: in literature (e.g. Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht), music (e.g. Mozart, Bach), philosophy (e.g. Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein) and other areas. – Did you know that Albert Einstein published his ground-breaking works in German?
I find the German program in CUHK really rewarding because the teachers value reading, writing, listening and speaking skills equally and this has laid a solid foundation for my future German learning. The program also opened the door to invaluable experiences, where I had my confidence boosted in a German public-speaking contest and made lifelong friends when studying a language course in Berlin last summer!
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