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You may also like to explore those terms which are linked more subtly with English e.g. ernst – serious (earnest), Hund – dog (hound), binden – to tie (to bind) or use German to help you understand some taken-for-granted features of English, such as the difference between 'who' and 'whom'.
More reasons for studying German...
Students studying German on the BA in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies programme have the opportunity to spend a full year living and studying in either Germany or Austria. This Year Abroad gives students valuable experience in immersing themselves in a different culture and they usually have a really exciting year abroad.
As a student of German, you are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or DAAD for short). These scholarships help you finance a shorter or longer study period in Germany, e.g. summer courses of 3-4 weeks, but also year-long stays (e.g. during the Year Abroad).
You can study German on the following degree programmes at DCU:
If you wish to find out more about the kind of German modules offered at DCU, click here and then click on modules starting with 'GE' (e.g. GE110 German Language 1).
Michael Mullen, Corporate Banker (Senior Account Manager), Luxembourg
BA in Applied Languages (German/French)
"Studying German as an ab initio (beginner) student at DCU has proved to be a very
worthwhile and enjoyable decision for me both personally and professionally. Since graduating from DCU in November 2004, I have been very fortunate to find employment where knowledge of the German language was required. Having studied German at DCU, I have been offered several opportunities in my career to date. While working with an American bank in Dublin I travelled to visit clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since graduating I have worked in Dublin, Berlin and am currently based in Luxembourg. Such travel and employment opportunities would not have been possible if I hadn't studied German at DCU."
Contact Dr. Áine McGillicuddy for queries relating to studying German at DCU
Research Opportunities leading to MA and PhD degrees:
There is also a taught MA in Translation Studies (German):
Contact Dr. Minako O'Hagan for more information on the MA in Translation Studies
Examples of PhD/MA students' work in German include:
Liese, Melanie (2010). The representation of the ethnic and cultural "other" in primary school textbooks: a comparative case study of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and Ireland.
Schiller, Annette. (2008). Aspects of cohesion in web site translation: a translator's perspective.
Kenny, Mary-Ann. (2007). Discussion, cooperation and collaboration: group learning in an online translation classroom.
Chapelle, Niamh (2001) The translators' tale: a translator-centred history of seven English translations (1823-1944) of the Grimms' fairy tale, Schneewittchen.