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Welcome to the German Program
at Virginia Tech



Welcome to the German Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Please feel free to explore our website in order to learn more about the German major and minor, the faculty, activities and support services, opportunities abroad, and the accomplishments of our students and alumni.


Announcements and Upcoming Events in German



Come and join the German program for Kaffeeklatsch from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Major Williams Atrium (2nd floor) on following Fridays: August 28, September 25, October 30, and December 4. Bring a beverage. Cookies will be provided. For more information, contact Dr. Hofer



Take a break from studying and celebrate St. Nikolaus Day with the German Culture Club (GCC) on Thursday, December 10. For more information stay tuned or contact the GCC president  Logan Hyer.


VT Berlin 2015

    VT Berlin


The inaugural participants of VT Berlin 2015 had a blast in Berlin and beyond.  Nine VT students mixed intensive language study at the Goethe Institut with an extensive cultural program and a good deal of travel.  Favorites included developing a real sense of belonging in Berlin due to the homestays (“I liked being in a real home instead of a dorm or hostel”); developing our German ability in Germany (one assignment:  go outside and practice asking questions to passers-by); and kayaking on the Landwehr Canal.  We visited three castles (we slept in one), one fortress, hiked in the alps, went to the opera, visited BMW world,  learned how to use a quill in Schiller’s house, visited tons of museums, and had a lot of good food.  In addition to Berlin, we traveled to Dresden, Potsdam, Weimar, Nuremberg, Munich, and Salzburg. Does this sound like something you would be interested in?  Contact Dr. Layne at to find out how you can be part of VT Berlin 2016.


VT German program on public radio and German Embassy website

    25 years German unity
Please listen to the WVTF/NPR interview Dr. Esther Bauer gave pertaining the 25th anniversary of German unity and write the article on the German Embassy website.




Double Honors for German Graduating Senior
    Kevin Hopkins
The German program is excited to announce this year’s outstanding German major, and we are particularly proud that he is also the Outstanding Major of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Kevin Hopkins. His intensive involvement outside of the classroom, especially as the President of the German Culture Club, together with outstanding performance in his classes, made Kevin an excellent candidate for both honors. While at VT, Kevin received several scholarships, including a Jamie Bishop Memorial Scholarship and a Hallie L. Hughes Scholarship. Recently, he was invited to join the prestigious national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. In 2013, Kevin Hopkins was the first student from our program to intern with an office of student services at a German university. This helped him polish his German to near-native fluency as he was fully immersed in German culture. Kevin will graduate with a dual degree – a B.A. in German and a B.A. in Economics, with minors in Statistics and International Studies. In the fall, he will join the M.A. Program in International Affairs at Texas A&M University. Congratulations, Kevin, for these well-deserved honors and all the best for the future!

Congratulations to Janani Ravi (B.A. International Studies and English 2014 with a Minor German)! Janani was awarded with a prestigious Fulbright grant in 2015. She  will serve as an English teaching assistant in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen state of Germany from 2015 to 2016. For more information on the program, please go to Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

DAAD Young Ambassador: Samantha Vasquez is among the 30 undergraduates in North America selected for the honor of being a DAAD Young Ambassador for 2015-16. The main responsibility of a DAAD Young Ambassador is to promote study in Germany at their home universities and colleges and inspire their fellow students to study in Germany. Throughout the academic year, you will see Samantha at various campus events offering informational materials and personal advice to students interested in study abroad in Germany. Samantha is the fourth VT German student to participate in this prestigious program.  We in German are very proud of her accomplishments.  More information can be found here: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Young Ambassadors