German language and literature has been taught at Unisa since the 1950s. The Department of German was amalgamated with the Department of Russian at the beginning of 2001 to form the Department of German and Russian as a first step toward closer cooperation with other languages of European origin. As from June 2002, we are part of the Department of Modern European Languages. Since 2005, we are known as the Department of Classics and Modern European Languages and currently as the Department of Classics and World Languages.
Although German language is presently only taught at level one, it is possible to pursue postgraduate studies i.e. BA (Hons), MA and PhD in German. In addition German can also be taken for non-degree purposes. The undergraduate syllabus at present consists of language modules
The study of German literature will form part of an integrated major in World Languages and Literatures, with thematically focused courses combining aspects of German, Italian, Russian and Spanish literature.
The honours course includes interdisciplinary options, an option on translation, and a research article/project.
Undergraduate students can compete for bursaries from the German Academic Exchange Service (http://www.daad.de) to spend some time in Germany.
Post-graduate students (at MA and PhD levels) can apply for bursaries through UNISA's Financial Aid Bureau. For more information, please visit: http://www.unisa.ac.za/studentfunding.