Germanic Studies program overview

The Germanic Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

The major in German comprises both German language proficiency and studies in German literature, culture and society. To obtain a major in German, students must complete senior units of study in German to the value of 36 senior credit points.

-- For students coming from Junior German 5 and 6, the department advises that of the 36 senior credit points required for the major, 12 credit points must be gained in language units of study and 24 must be gained in cultural units of study.
-- For students coming from Junior German 3 and 4, the department advises that of the 36 senior credit points required for the major, 18 credit points must be gained in language units of study and 18 must be gained in cultural units of study.
-- For students coming from Junior German 1 and 2, the department advises that of the 36 credit points required for the major, 24 credit points must be gained in language units of study. Such students must also include "Reading Comprehension and Text study" (GRMN2631) as part of their cultural units of study.

Students may take European Studies and/or Comparative Literature units in addition to completing a German Studies major to provide breadth in their major sequence. This applies particularly to students in the senior levels of the Beginners stream.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Germanic Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points including at least 6 credit points of culture units at 3000 level.

Units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Germanic Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

If you have completed Junior German 1 and 2 the department advises that of the 36 credit points required for the major, 24 credit points must be gained in language units of study. You must also include "Reading Comprehension and Text study" (GRMN2631) as part of your non-language units of study.

If you have completed Junior German 3 and 4 the department advises that of the 36 senior credit points required for your major, 18 must be from culture units of study.

If you have completed Junior German 5 and 6 the department advises that of the 36 senior credit points required for your major, 24 must be from culture units of study.

For more in-depth information on the Germanic Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Germanic Studies

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

International exchange

The department encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. The University’s International Exchange Program enables you to undertake approved overseas study, with the credit achieved counting towards your degree at the University of Sydney. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

You can study at one of the many partner universities across the world with which the University has signed a formal exchange agreement. The University of Sydney has partnerships with the following universities that offer German as part of their curriculum:


Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure