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An Outstanding Student Experience

Students in the Department of German Studies benefit from belonging to a small, supportive learning community with ample opportunities to engage in research, critical thinking, and special projects.

Student Success Stories

german club
January 12, 2023
German Club's first Winter 2023 meeting will be held during the second week of the quarter, on Thursday, January 12 at 5:00pm in Denny 359. It's a German-themed potluck, just like our potluck last quarter! If you'd like to bring something or get recipe ideas, please click this link: Starting on Thursday, January 19, we'll host our... Read more
New Planet
November 1, 2022
Incoming Freshmen in Early Fall Start studied Revolutions and their Art (Aug-Sept 2022).  Students came together from across the world to take part in a seminar taught by German Studies professor, Ellwood Wiggins. In class, they discussed representations of revolutions from antiquity to today, including the American Revolution (Hamilton: a... Read more
miah robert on a fulbright in dresden
October 21, 2022
Greetings from Dresden, Germany! Since graduating in June with a B.S. in speech and hearing sciences and a B.A. in linguistics and Germanics, I have moved 5,000 miles away to my new home in Dresden, Germany. I was fortunate to find a wonderful apartment in the Löbtau area with three fantastic roommates who have quickly become good friends. A few trips to IKEA and a number of EBay Kleinanzeigen purchases later and I am finally feeling settled.  As an English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright... Read more
summer in berlin
October 20, 2022
Cassidy Lucht "The Summer in Berlin program was such an enriching experience for me. Not only did I get to practice and improve my German language skills in a high-level classroom, but also got to experience so many other parts of German culture that I would not have had the opportunity to had I not been in this program. An amazing part of this program is the fact that none of our classes with Andre and Kye were inside a classroom. We were able to use the city as our classroom by... Read more
German Club
September 27, 2022
Are you a German student, speaker, or just someone with an interest in the culture and language? Check out The German Club at The University of Washington! We invite you to participate in our community - come socialize, practice your German with activities & games, and check out our special events!               Dates & Times for Autumn 2022: German Club will be held in Denny 359, every Thursday at 5:00 PM Thursday, 10/6 @ 5:00 PM - First club... Read more
matthew childs
May 9, 2022
It was a warm September day in 2016 when I was walking with a group of international students along cobblestoned streets discussing the trials and tribulations of finding the best coffee place in town when we turned a corner and came upon a sizeable group of people gathered around an (in my mind) absurdly long table. Before I was able to inquire as to the nature of the gathering, a remarkable sound grew steadily in volume and intensity, drawing the eyes of all observers to a balcony set into... Read more
class of 2021-2022
May 9, 2022
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2021-2022! Bachelor of Arts -... Read more
Call for Submissions
May 5, 2022
On April 2-3, 2022, the inaugural German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase (#GSURS2022), took place. The event, which was first proposed by Dr. Ervin Malakaj of the University of British Columbia, was co-hosted by the German programs of the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington Seattle. 21 stellar presentations and 3 plenary sessions (including a keynote by our own Dr. Kye Terrasi) celebrated the exciting undergraduate work in German... Read more
Fantastic Fungi
May 4, 2022
This year-long seminar was structured around the idea that the concept of the Anthropocene challenges us to rethink our basic humanistic values: the centrality of speech for human expression, rational thought, the ability to reason and communicate, the demand for freedom, democracy, justice and human rights, and the creation of cultural expressions based on enlightenment values. In close consultation with the seminar participants, we examined issues such as global migration, climate change,... Read more
Japhet Johnstone
October 20, 2021
When I started working at Freie Universität Berlin in 2019, I was tasked with setting up a translation office that could provide language services for the entire university. That was quite a tall order, but things quickly got rolling during my first year in the new position: We implemented a translation software package to manage projects. I was able to advertise two positions for staff translators. Requests for translations were coming in from all corners of the university. Then, the pandemic... Read more