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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


The annual end-of-the-year celebration ("Maifest") sponsored by the German program and the German Culture Club, will take place Thursday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in 143 Hillcrest (Dining Hall). The event recognizes student award winners, Delta Phi Alpha (German honor society) initiates, and graduating students in German. It also includes performances by students and a dessert competition - everyone attending is encouraged to bring a dessert to share. For more information please contact Dr. Stoudt (

Come and join the German program for Kaffeeklatsch from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Major Williams Atrium (2nd floor) on the last Friday of every month: January 29, February 26, March 25, and April 29. Bring a beverage. Cookies will be provided. For more information, contact Dr. Hofer


VT Berlin

    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.
Congratulations to Tony Consiglio (majoring in Mechanical Engineering and German). 

He was accepted to the UAS7 internship program. The UAS7 internship program is an option for students interested in hands-on research opportunities at a German university and allows students to work alongside teams in research laboratories and institutes. Tony Consiglio will be working with a professor in the Energy Engineering department of Hochschule Bremen. His project focuses on increasing the efficiency of heat and power systems by harvesting waste heat from applications such as industrial, geothermal, and biomass fired power plants. 

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