The Center teaches German through the second year of study. You may continue your study of German with the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures. German and English are members of the same language family and share more than half of their vocabulary. German is the most spoken language in Europe.

The Center awards the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication in German. You can also major or minor in German Studies through the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures. Additionally, German is an option to fulfill the language requirement for the Linguistics major.

Course Sequence

Decorative infographic showing that undergraduate students start with GERM 141 and progress to 142 then 263 then 264 before moving to GERM 301 and 302 in German Studies. Grad students may start with GERM 541 then 542 before taking 263.

Before registering for a 100 or 200 level German course, take the Language Placement Test (LPT) to find out which course is right for you. The LPT is not required for 300 and 400 level courses in German.

Study Abroad

Please visit our Study Abroad pages for information on our 6 week, 6 credit summer faculty led Rice in Country study abroad programs and our CLIC Language Study Scholarship Awards. For additional study abroad opportunities visit the Study Abroad Office’s website.

German Language Faculty