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two students studying abroad in Germany


German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world, and has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union. Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, and medicine are written in German. Germans are world leaders in engineering, and German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.

Thinking about what learning German does for your earning potential? Think about this: Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter, and the German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Germany is home to numerous international corporations, and direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion dollars.

Why German at URI?

Lots of good company.
The German program at URI is the second largest in the country, with about 135 majors currently enrolled. That’s because we offer a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that prepares you for study abroad, internships and careers. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities for interdisciplinary work by double-majoring or earning dual degrees.

No German? No problem.
It doesn’t matter to us if you’ve studied German a lot, a little, or not at all, before you come to URI. In fact, the vast majority of our majors come to us with no German background. What matters to us is that when you graduate, you’ll be well prepared for the future.


As our graduates know, learning German can open doors to careers in lots of areas. Here are just a few examples:

  • Airlines
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign and public service
  • International banking
  • International news, media and journalism
  • Science and technology
  • Teaching in the states and abroad
  • Translating and interpreting

If you want to know more about our j-term travels to Germany, check out our blogs for 2014 and/or for 2015

Also, visit the German Missions in the US website to learn about our involvement in German Campus Week across America.

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