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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


Join the German Program for Kaffeeklatsch on Fridays, August 29, September 26, and October 24, from 4-5 p.m. at Major Williams Hall atrium (2nd floor). Bring your own beverage; cookies will be provided!  For more information, contact Dr. Stoudt at

Brown Bag Lunch: Informational Session about Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) 

Join us for a brown bag lunch with Kelsey Mellen, a VT alumna who graduated in 2012 with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in German, on Tuesday, October 21, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in MCB 238. Last year, Kelsey held one of only 75 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowships. This fellowship allowed her to take a German language course in Germany, study at a German university, intern with a German company, and live with German hosts. This fellowship is open to applicants from all fields, and you can learn more about it here. Kelsey will speak about her experience and will answer your questions. For further information, please contact Dr. Esther Bauer.


The German Culture Club is hosting their annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 17th, from 7-9 pm, in the Black Cultural Center in Squires.  Enter your favorite dish into our cooking competition (German or other) for the chance to win a prize, listen to German music (and learn a few easy songs of your own), and enjoy this fun occasion with other students interested in German culture!

Guest lecturer: Howard Reich

Reich, a regular writer for the Chicago Tribune, is the author of Prisoner of Her Past, from which a film documentary with the same title was made and broadcast on PBS. Reich describes his upbringing in a household of Holocaust survivors, where his mother, Sonia Reich, finally succumbed to post-traumatic stress disorder. In an attempt to reconstruct how his mother survived the Holocaust as an orphan on the run, Reich traveled to Poland and Ukraine. Both the book and the film deal with the Holocaust, memory, aging, post-traumatic stress, and how people surrounding the victims of violence are affected. During his visit, Reich gave three public lectures. See the articles on Reich's visit in the Collegiate Times on October 2 and October 6.

DAAD Young Ambassador

Among the 43 undergraduates in North America selected for the honor of being a DAAD Young Ambassador for 2013-15 is VT’s own Tyler Weiglein, a junior majoring in German and Civil Engineering and minoring in Green Engineering. 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:  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Young Ambassador for 2013-2014