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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


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 

GCC and T4J at Gobblerfest 

Find out what the German Culture Club (GCC) and Teach for Jamie (T4J) have planned for this semester. You can find them at Gobblerfest on September 4, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., on the Drillfield.  For more information, contact Dr. Hofer at

T4J Info Session

Volunteering doesn't have to be work. Have fun while benefiting the community by joining Teach for Jamie. Teach for Jamie members are student volunteers who teach basic German vocabulary, grammar, and culture to elementary school children in the area. No previous teaching experience is necessary and only basic German skills are required. Learn more about this program and meet new and previous volunteers at the interest meeting that will be held Tuesday, September 8, from 7:00-8:00 PM in McBryde 216.


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