What will I learn?

The undergraduate program in German at UCSB offers three years of language instruction and a rich variety of lower and upper division courses in literature and culture.

Our courses are designed for students with a wide range of interests, including careers in business, government, law, medicine, media, and translation as well as those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in German Studies.

The Department offers undergraduates an exciting range of opportunities to familiarize themselves with German language and culture, from beginning language classes to in-depth study of complex literary, political and cultural topics.

Our German language courses are taught almost exclusively in German by competent, dedicated Lecturers and Graduate Student Teaching Assistants supervised by Dr. Evelyn Reder.

The first two years of language courses help students gain both communicative and grammatical competence in German. The third year focuses on advanced written and conversational skills as integrated within a literary and cultural context.

Advanced courses include courses on the history and culture of German speaking countries from the 18th century to today, and advanced seminars on special topics. Our classes introduce students to topics such as

  • Enlightenment texts influential for the formulation of human rights
  • The history of anti-Semitism
  • The history of science and media
  • Women in film
  • Jewish and Muslim life in Germany
  • The fall of the Wall

The department also offers a stimulating selection of lecture classes for an in-depth study of literary, historical, political and cultural topics. Titles include

  • Contemporary German Pop Culture
  • Testimonies of the Holocaust
  • German Women Writers
  • Revolutions: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
  • Media technology
  • Contemporary German Art and Politics
  • Mysticism

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Start date

Expected March, September, October 2022


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or better.

For international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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