A lot of people studied the German language during their school days – but most of us will have forgotten all but the most obvious vocabulary now that we’ve been out of school for a few years. Whilst learning German in a classroom when we were younger can lay the foundations for fluency, it is much more effective to study when you are surrounded by native speakers. Certain German pronunciations and long compound words can sometimes cause beginners to struggle; but listening and practicing the language every day is sure to help all learners become proficient faster.
Germany is one of the most popular international destinations for foreign students, having the reputation of being a tolerant and cosmopolitan country. It has been a popular destination for immigrants since the 1960s, and people from all nations, religions and cultures live together peacefully. You are sure to meet like-minded people that hail from all across the world during your studies, broadening your horizons whilst learning a useful skill. As well as having the chance to meet new people from many different cultures, you will interact with German natives on a day-to-day basis. This will give you the opportunity to practice your speaking, listening and writing abilities in German as often as you like.
A new world to explore
Germany is a diverse and safe country to explore. The landscapes are enormously varied, ranging from heath and marshland towards the North, to forests with hidden castles and mountains in the centre. In the South you can take a trip to the Alps and admire their beautiful lakes. Germany’s biggest cities, like Berlin and Hamburg, are steeped in rich history and culture. German cities have bursting event calendars, including the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, so you’ll never be short of things to do. With Germany’s placement in the heart of Europe, it’s incredibly easy to hop on a train and visit one of its many bordering countries, which include Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Your German language studies will open doors to a rich cultural world. Your skills will not only be put to good use in day-to-day communication, but by allowing you to experience the cultural works of such great German writers as Kafka, Goethe and Nietzsche without losing any meaning through translation. You'll have the opportunity to experience diverse social scenes, with a wide-range of evening activities, from opera and theatre to all-night discos. By studying the language in its home country you’ll get a glimpse into the daily life of those who live here, whilst being able to experience it too.
A professional investment
Germany is one of the world’s largest economic powers, and combined with its affordable living expenses, it makes good financial sense to study here. Germany is home to some of the world’s leading companies including Mercedes, BMW and Siemens - professionals all around the globe recognise ‘Made in Germany’ as a seal of quality. Being able to live in Germany and speak the language opens doors to a huge amount of networking opportunities, putting you on the right track to a great start in any type of career.