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The German section is a leading institution in the field of German studies and has always achieved excellent results in successive national research assessment exercises, as well as sharing in the outstanding rating awarded to the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics in the last Teaching Quality Assessment.

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Who was Fritz Kittel? A German Railway Worker Decides, 1933–2022’: A Reading and Discussion with Esther Dischereit

The German Section had the honour of hosting the distinguished German writer Esther Dischereit in Cambridge on Monday 5 February 2024 for a rich and engaging presentation about her recent exhibition ‘Who was Fritz Kittel? A German Railway Worker Decides, 1933–2022’. This special event was co-organized by Jonny Ball and Doriane Zerka as the annual Lent-term collaboration between the German Graduate Research Seminar and Section Research Colloquium. The impressive turnout, which included students and staff from across the University, as well as members of the general public from Cambridge and beyond, was testament to the continued relevance and significance of Dischereit’s work.

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Diversity in German Studies - CPD Workshop series aimed at secondary teachers of German

This series of workshops will focus on the theme of diversity as a key point of contact between A-level German teaching, where it features both as a highlighted aspect of contemporary society and as a theme in prescribed literary works and films, and current work in German at University level, where it represents a core principle in curriculum development and broader institutional priorities. Click here for further information, including the programme and sign-up form.


Interview with Sharon Dodua Otoo, writer and activist

Watch the inspiring keynote from our annual Undergraduate Conference by filmmaker Sheri Hagen, entitled ‘Die selbstverständliche Unterbrechung'.

Watch our annual Schröder event, a conversation with leading German theatre director, Thomas Ostermeier.


Listen to current student experiences with our new series of Podcasts. Students talk about the Cambridge interview, Year Abroad, learning a language from scratch, a 'typical day in Cambridge' and much more!

Take a look at this short video produced by some of our current students of German.

On our special events and news page you will find details of current and forthcoming items of interest, with links to our research events and any special seminars or lectures


Listen to this sample German lecture by Dr Charlotte Woodford


Listen to this talk on translation by Silke Mentchen 

Latest News

PhD student in German wins book proposal prize

13 May 2024

We are delighted to announce that Katie Unwin has won a prize in the Oxford German Olympiad, presented in association with major publisher, Camden House.

Modern Languages taster day at Cambridge on Saturday 11th May 2024

2 May 2024

Modern Languages taster day at Cambridge on Saturday 11th May 2024 (11:00-16:30). This event is geared primarily towards UK-domiciled State School students of colour who are currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) and S5 (Scotland). The programme contains a series of talks to provide an insight...

What’s novel about a novel? Storytelling and travelling knowledge – Shida Bazyar in conversation with Miriam Schwarz & Tara Talwar Windsor

22 March 2024

Join prize-winning novelist Shida Bazyar in conversation with Miriam Schwarz and Tara Talwar Windsor to discuss how novels take their characters and their readers on journeys across cultural contexts, and how this can make both characters and readers re-assess the things they think they know.

Applying to Cambridge

Information for prospective applicants thinking of studying German at Cambridge.

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Cambridge Online German for Schools

Cambridge Online German for Schools (COGS) is a core element of the Cambridge German Network

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