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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.


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

German Culture Club: Grillfest 

Come join the German Culture Club for food, soccer and fun. The barbecue will take place on Friday, September 19th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The event will be held in the Foxridge apartment complex, by the pond next to the Hethwood Market on Heather Drive. For more information, contact Dr. Bauer.

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 travels 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 will give three public lectures: 

  • a  reading of the memoir followed by a post-reading discussion and reception (4:00-5:30 on Monday, October 6, in the Multipurpose Room in the Newman Library), 
  • a "fireside chat"(7:30-9:00, on Monday, October 6, also in the Multipurpose Room in the Newman Library),
  • a screening of the documentary with a follow-up discussion (4:00-5:30 on Tuesday, October 7, at The Lyric).

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