About the German Department

The Department of German fully endorses and strongly contributes to the internationalization of the educational experience offered to undergraduate students at Barnard College. German has always been one of the main European Languages taught at Barnard College, and the Department of German offers a variety of courses, from the elementary to the advanced level, to guide students in becoming versatile writers, competent interpreters, and confident speakers of the language. Through its course offerings, the Department of German provides students with a solid grounding, appropriate to their particular needs, in the various skills necessary to speak, read, write and understand the German language; it introduces students to the literatures, histories, and cultures of Germanophone countries or communities in a European and global context.


German Placement Exam - Fall 2015

All first-year, transfer, and/or returning students who have learned/studied German previous to entering Columbia/Barnard or who attended 2015 summer programs must take the placement exam before beginning/re-entering CU/BC German program. The German placement exam takes about 1.5 hours and consists of listening, structures in context, reading comprehension, and a short writing sample. No dictionaries permitted. Questions about the exam should be directed to RA Korb at rak23@columbia.edu.

Wednesday, 9/2
516 Hamilton Hall

Friday, 9/4
328 Milbank Hall

Friday, 9/11
411 Hamilton Hall