German class
Type of Degree: Minor

In a more connected world, understanding a second language gives you an advantage. By studying German at Heidelberg, you’ll learn how language shapes how people think and how you can effectively communicate with people from around the world.

Heidelberg’s German program allows you to simultaneously build your knowledge of the language and take advantage of opportunities to immerse yourself in German culture. Small class sizes ensure maximum interaction between you and your professor and you and your classmates as well as with a native German speaking assistant who works with students to improve their language skills and share their cultural perspective giving you direct contact with the culture.

Are you new to the German language? Don’t worry. Heidelberg’s program is designed for students from all ability levels.


American Junior Year

All Heidelberg German majors spend their junior year at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The American Junior Year program is a total immersion experience where you’ll become an effective speaker and gain familiarity with the culture that is impossible to do across the globe.

German Club

Heidelberg’s German Club (or Deutsch Klub) focuses on enjoying and learning about German culture. The club has taken trips to the Chicago Christmas Market, German Village in Columbus, and Oktober Fest in Cincinnati. They also host movie nights, outside speakers, and German cooking nights.


  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • International Business Consultant
  • Tourism Specialist
  • Government Services Worker


Holly Yanacek

Holly Yanacek ‘10

After graduating from Heidelberg, Holly Yanacek knew she wasn’t done with college. She enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh seeking a Ph.D. in German Studies. While there, Holly was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Germany where she was able to research and write her dissertation at the Max Planck Institute Center for the History of Emotions and the Free University of Berlin.

One thing that was immediately evident to me when I first visited Heidelberg was that the faculty members are fully invested in student learning and take an interest in our continued academic success.

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