The German program is designed to enrich the educational and professional qualifications of students interested in any field. A German major can stand alone as a field of study that enables students to participate – through language and in-depth study of texts, documents, and cultural objects – in both the contemporary life and the historical study of a major world culture. At the same time, the tools of linguistic and cultural understanding developed in a German major enrich students’ knowledge and professional prospects in any field, and the major is designed to be combined successfully across departments and colleges, from engineering and business to design and education.



Check out our full list of courses we offer on the ISU Course Catalog, and see this semester’s courses on the ISU Schedule of Classes.



The student learning outcomes linked below are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This page outlines the standards of a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations. These outcomes establish a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.

German Outcomes



The German program offers both majors and minors in our “classic” and “LCP” tracks. Our classic track spends more time on literature and media as well as civilization. Our Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) track highlights more current culture and business applications. LCP is only available as a second major or minor.


Study Abroad

The ISU German program works individually with students to find study abroad programs that can best fit their academic, professional, and personal goals. Students have successfully undertaken a wide range of short-term and long-term study and internships in German-speaking countries hosted by a range of institutions.

NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.

Programs directed by German faculty

Dr. Mark Looney & Dr. Sandra Looft lead a 3-week course, ‘Berlin’s History & Culture’ (in English for International Studies 395B credit), to Berlin each July. The course analyzes the recent history of Berlin – Nazi Germany through Divided Germany – through the examination of art, architecture and memorials. If you are looking for a short introduction to a longer study abroad later or if you want to stay after the program and take an intensive German-language course in Europe, you can find more information below.

Take me to Germany!

Affiliate Programs

For exchange programs and affiliate programs in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, check out the search results on ISU Abroad for programs with German as the language of instruction below.

On to the results!

For more information on study abroad as part of the ISU German program, students may speak with any German instructor; the German program’s Study Abroad coordinator, Mark Rectanus or the WLC Advisers