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Why Study German?
WHY LEARN GERMAN? BETTER JOB OPPORTUNITIES! Knowledge of German improves your chances of employment. German abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with German language skills. In the European Union there are many interesting opportunities to work for professionals who speak German. As the EU continues to open up markets in Central and Eastern Europe, jobs open up for professionals who know German. Anyone who speaks German has much better prospects for a great career.
Additionally, professionals who know other languages are called on to travel and exchange information with people in other countries throughout their careers. Knowing more than one language enhances employment opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications, social service, and marketing. An employer will see you as a bridge to customers if you know a second language. You are also more likely to win the trust and friendship of people whose languages you know even if you
don’t speak it fluently.
Interested in BUSINESS?
Speaking German gives you significant advantages in the world of business since many companies nowadays would choose a competent German speaker over an equally qualified candidate for a job. A proficiency in German prepares you to function productively on behalf of a multinational employer who wants to capitalize on business within the European Union and Eastern European countries. Germany is home to numerous international corporations and most multinational German companies are represented in the US with such well-known names as Bayer, BASF, Siemens, Mercedes - Benz, Volkswagen, BMW, Miele, Mannesmann and Thyssen-Krupp.
Don’t forget: Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. It is the world’s largest exporter and importer. Due to their high quality, German products are sold all over the world, and have established themselves as a "trade-mark": German makes of cars, such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, are not the only examples of German craftsmanship ("Made in Germany").
Interested in the SCIENCES?
Having a knowledge of German gives you a tremendous advantage and a chance to be part of exciting research programs in Germany or collaborative research programs between Canada and Germany. With more than 250,000 scientists working in Germany, it is the world’s third largest “country of researchers”.
Interested in CULTURE?
German is essential for you if you choose a career in the visual arts, performing arts or architecture. With the knowledge of German, you can access a world of sources for your studies in art history, photography, graphic arts, design, theater, film, dance, music or architecture. Universities provide a number of exchange programs with German universities or summer study abroad programs.
Germany is a land of ideas - and a land of research.
It is the No. 1 location for research in Europe with a long scientific tradition.
"German inventions and discoveries – such as the automobile, the theory of relativity, and the MP3 format – have changed the world. Research-intensive products and services contribute 45 percent to the creation of value in Germany, more than in any other industrialized country," Germany.info's science section proudly proclaims.
"As one of the world's leading exporters, Germany clearly understands that science and technology lay the foundation for its future position on the world markets. They are the key to competitiveness and sustainable economic growth.
"In a bold move, with all other budgets curtailed under a policy of austerity, the German Government is increasing its spending on education and research by a total of 12 billion euros between 2010 and 2013. For in these days of economic crisis, investing in science and technology is the smartest move we can make."