Please note: Any new students majoring German language will not be selected in 2017 anymore.
German can still be studied as a minor subject as before.

Wer fremde Sprachen nicht
kennt, weiß nichts von seiner
eigenen. (Goethe)

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.

You can major in either German Language and Culture or German Language and Translation.

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

Information on our other research interests can be found on the researchers’ personal websites (German Language and Culture Staff, German Language and Translation Staff)