German can still be studied as a minor subject as before.
Wer fremde Sprachen nicht
kennt, weiß nichts von seiner
Why Do We Need German?
Mastery of the German language is required in various expert positions. Germany has a significant political and cultural status in Europe and the country is also considered a pioneer in economics and technology. German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe. Through the ages experts in Finland have drawn influence from German-speaking countries, and the language area has always been important as regards Finnish culture, sciences and art.
Study German in Joensuu
You can tailor your studies to suit your interests. In the future you might be working as a translator, interpreter, teacher, language and culture expert or researcher. Our university has a wide selection of minor subjects for you to choose from. You can establish your profile of expertise with your own individual choices.
Our staff is international, active in research and trained in pedagogy. Our dynamic subject has participated in various international and domestic research networks and other current research projects. We offer a diverse selection of courses and effective student-counselling.
The students’ association for all German students is Ablaut. In addition, the students majoring in translation have their own students’ association, Lingtwisti, which works actively in the field of translation. More information on the university’s student organisations.
Internationally networked linguistic, cultural and translation research
In the subject of German, the researchers study language- and culture-specific variations encountered in language- and communication-related phenomena, the cross-border nature of these variations and the way in which language and interaction take shape in various cultural encounters. Another focus area of our research lies in multilingualism and cultural encounters in various translation- and interpreting-related contexts, in literature and in other art forms. Current research themes are connected with borders, mobilities and cultural encounters, that constitute one of the university’s top-level international research areas.
Examples of Current Research
- Crossing borders in German literature (migrant literature)
- The unexplored contexts of language contacts: translation and interpreting (Emil Aaltonen Foundation 2015-2018)
- In Search of Military Translation Cultures (Academy of Finland 2011-2014) The research is ongoing.
- Developing a national database for teaching methods in translation and interpreting
- Cultural objects as social criticism
- Comparative research on languages and translations