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.
The Placement Exam
All first-year, transfer, and returning students who have studied German prior to entering Columbia or Barnard must take the placement exam before enrolling in German courses. 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 Professor Irene Motyl at imotyl@barnard.edu
Policy on No Exemption from General Education Requirements through Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate Credits  - Students Entering Fall 2016
Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempy students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrar's website: http://barnard.edu/registrar/external-credit