The Subject Group German is a licensed test centre of the Goethe Institute. On an annual basis the Goethe tests for acquiring international qualifications (proof of the language proficiency levels B1 and B2) take place in the School of Languages (E9) of the NWU in Potchefstroom. The Subject Group German works in close cooperation with the leading Goethe Institute which promotes the learning of German worldwide. Do visit the website of the Goethe Institute at


Our teaching is communication oriented and takes an intercultural approach, focussing on:

  • Understanding and speaking German in everyday conversational situations;
  • Reading a wide range of different kinds of German texts;
  • Writing a wide range of different kinds of texts;
  • Acquiring knowledge of German grammar that is suitable for each level and which supports the communicate abilities being developed;
  • Acquiring knowledge of the German economy and communication in German in business contexts. (The latter pertains specifically to the Business German modules.)
  • German literature and the history of literature. At the beginning of the second year starts a “literary journey” with the Baroque era and ends on undergraduate level with contemporary literature. The purpose of this focus is to enable students to acquire knowledge about German literature, culture and history, but also, in doing so, to develop their communicative abilities.




Undergraduate modules

  • German Elementary 1 and 2 (German for beginners on first-year level);
  • Business German 1 and 2 (German for beginners with a focus on communication in business contexts – on first-year level);
  • German Intermediary 1 and 2 (on second-year level);
  • German Advanced 1 and 2 (on third-year level)


  • German Elementary is a beginners’ module and no previous knowledge is required.
  • The prerequisite for German Intermediary is German Elementary, but a student with matric German and/or a qualification from an acknowledged language institute (like the Goethe Institute) may apply for exemption from German on first-year level in order to continue with German on second-year level (provided that the student is also historically a second-year student).

Honours programme

Apart from this, an honours programme in German (linguistics and literature) in cooperation with the University of Pretoria is also offered.  Students can also apply for DAAD bursaries to in order to finance continuing their studies in Germany in their own field: Students can also apply for DAAD “contact bursaries” at universities in Germany, for example, the Universität Rostock: Learning German at the NWU is a preparation for such an exciting academic and cultural experience.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Foreign language practitioner
  • Translation work
  • Journalism
  • Academia & research
  • Foreign customer services & specialised administration
  • Technical writing
  • Proofreading
  • Copy-writing & editing
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Governmental & private language practitioners


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