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Congratulations to the winners of the Friedman-Kline and Max Kade Foundation Travel Grants

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Thanks to the incredible generosity of both the Friedman-Kline Foundation and the Max Kade Foundation, the Northwestern German department is able to provide significant financial support for summer abroad programs to our German students. This year, we have awarded $31,000 to 17 German students from freshman to seniors in various fields of study, with diverse ethnic backgrounds and at all levels of language proficiency.

We are pleased to announce that the Max Kade Foundation Travel Grants have been awarded to eight of our German 101 students, all of whom were accepted and will be participating in our eight-week summer program, “Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe.” The names of recipients are: Eduardo Andrade, Ishika Arora, Rodrigo Carmena-Black, Ava Dahnke, Mia Gleason, Adrian Hoffer, Leo Kurland and Anna Meier. Congratulations to all of you!

We also had an incredibly strong pool of applicants for the Friedman-Kline Foundation Fellowship this Spring quarter, all of whom have taken one or more of our German courses. Of the 11 award recipients, two will be travelling to Germany on prestigious DAAD-RISE grants, one student will be in Stuttgart for 6 weeks on an internship at the research campus AREA 2036 (which stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next generation of Automobiles”), and the rest will be participating in intensive German language programs from Leipzig and Bayreuth to Hamburg and Jena. The names of our 11 outstanding recipients are: Griffin Berse, Ava Dahnke, Maddie Farr, Chloe Fisher, Jacob Garcia, Felix Garkisch, Leo Kurland, Aymen Lamsahel, Lindsey Sonnenfeldt, and Allison Spring. Congratulations to all of you!



You will find class descriptions as well as titles for required books for Spring 2022 below and we hope you will check us out whether you consider starting to learn German or continue with your studies in a supportive course environment. If you have questions about enrolling in any of our engaging courses, please contact us (or schedule a virtual meeting).





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Award-winning Instructors

We have an exceptional teaching faculty, who make every effort to approach learning from a variety of angles to offer classes that are engaging and motivating, intellectually fulfilling, and, at the same time, broaden and deepen learning.
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Outstanding Research Faculty

Our faculty are engaged in a range of projects, many involving cross-disciplinary issues, such as critical theory, theories of reading, psychoanalysis, Jewish studies, the history of science, and the role of technology in learning and teaching in the field of Second Language Acquisition.
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Progressive Learning Environment

The department recognizes that in addition to exposure to various classroom learning situations and scenarios, learners need a variety of learning situations including opportunities to use the target language with native speakers in the target culture to progress their learning.
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Come Celebrate Herr Paluch at Our End of Year Picknick


 Please join us for to celebrate John Paluch and his illustrious career at the “Year-End” German Department Picknick, Wednesday May 25th at 4:00pm in the Kresge Courtyard.

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