Explore the richness of God’s kingdom
The German language and culture are yours to explore through Calvin’s German program.
Studying German at Calvin will build your knowledge of the language and offer you opportunities to be immersed in German culture. You will grow in your ability to speak and understand German while also learning to listen to and better understand our German neighbors. Through your studies, you will get a glimpse of the richness of God’s kingdom, seeing His truth as displayed in Germanic contributions to areas like philosophy, music, linguistics, literature, psychology, and theology.
of 2016 German graduates employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
of German majors study abroad.
million people worldwide speak German
Explore German at Calvin
Majors and minors
Choose from four academic options offered by the German Department at Calvin.
Engineering and German
Learn how to combine majors in German and engineering to increase career options in global engineering.
Spend a semester in Vienna, Austria, a January interim traveling Germany or a summer overseas through a work program or engineering internship.
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Striking a balance
David Beversluis '04 serves as an emergency physician for a Los Angeles County hospital and Doctors without Borders.
Spark, April 01, 2019
Creating community for refugees
Ahee Kim and Kate McLain, 2018 Calvin grads, are interning in the German Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr for 2018-2019 supporting recent refugees to Berlin.
News & Stories, July 12, 2018
Empowering Cambodian youth through education
Rachel Meyer '06 is teaching elementary school children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
News & Stories, November 18, 2016
A Notre Dame bound chemical engineer
Josh Wright '16 will be studying chemical and biomolecular engineering at Notre Dame University in fall 2016.
News & Stories, August 31, 2016
From fulfilling core to following passion
Brad Boelkins is the director of business development for Tesa, a German company.
News & Stories, June 30, 2016
Fulbright scholar to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier ’16 will travel to Austria to explore the journeys of refugee families
Spark, June 15, 2016
Fulbright student to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier will be heading to Austria in September 2016 to explore the journeys of a half dozen refugee families.
News & Stories, May 10, 2016
U.S. News recognizes Calvin's global focus
Calvin again ranks among the top colleges and universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guidebook.
News & Stories, September 16, 2015
Walking boldly: James Lamine
James Lamine '15 is a software engineer in Austin, Texas.
News & Stories, August 13, 2015
German prof lands Fulbright in Berlin
In spring 2016, Corey Roberts will use his Fulbright Award to study 18th and 19th century German cultural history in Berlin.
News & Stories, February 24, 2015
Say what? ¿Qué?: foreign languages at Calvin
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VERGE, Spring 2014
Graduation Year: 2016
Janaya is a German major and departmental scholarship recipient who spent time studying German in Vienna, Austria. Here's why she chose Calvin: "Calvin’s strong German department with its excellent study abroad offerings is the primary reason I chose to study here, and I have not been disappointed in the least."
Graduation Year: 2009
My wife Rachel and I graduated with German majors about five years ago. Studying German at Calvin had a significant impact on our lives, allowing us to have incredibly valuable experiences that have helped us develop personally and professionally.