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German Studies Programs

German is more than the language of Europe's largest economy. It's the gateway to a brilliant culture and rich history. We open that gateway by working closely with students in all courses and providing study-abroad programs, technological resources, and co-curricular activities.

Find out more about our programs, explore the courses offered, and meet our faculty.

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Alumni Profile: Janelle Papay '10 works abroad

Janelle Papay '10Academic Focus: Globalization studies with a concentration in Eco-tourism and German double major; environmental studies minor

Study Abroad: Heidelberg, Germany through the American Junior Year (AJY) in Spring 2008

Current Job: International Programs Advisor at Elon University

After graduation, Papay earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. Papay returned to the United States and in her current position, she advises students regarding semester and summer study abroad opportunities for all over the world.  One of the programs Papay currently manages is the AJY program in Heidelberg, Germany. 

“Having the opportunity to not only challenge my perceptions of the world, but also recreate the lens through which I understand the world is truly invaluable.  Study abroad is a means though which students can live this opportunity,” Papay said. 


Faculty Profile

History and autobiography
Prof. Laurel Cohen

Just how well can a non-native learn to speak German? Ask Prof. Laurel Cohen: she was the first non-native speaker permitted to teach German at an international summer language program at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet in Frankfurt.

In addition to her language prowess, Cohen is embedded in German culture and history. Her courses have run the historical gamut...

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