University & Program

Soochow University

Department of German Language and Culture

Program Level
Bachelor / Master
Language of instruction
50% taught in English
Fall / Spring

Department Introduction:

The Department of German Language and Literature was founded in 1973, and has so far enrolled at least 2,500 students. The graduate program was founded in 2003 and has so far enrolled around 100 students. There are around 260 students enrolled each academic year and our faculty is composed of 11 full time teachers and 11 adjunct teachers with a 3:1 ratio between Taiwanese and German. With the purpose of training and cultivating specialists in German language and culture, our department offers not only basic language training including listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also specialized courses on German literature, politics, education and economy, etc. Furthermore, each academic year, 20 qualified students are able to participate in the overseas program in Germany at University of Münster.

Goals and Purposes of Establishment:

To develop the social function of German education in the university.
To promote academic interaction between Taiwan and Germany.
To provide knowledge and information on the development of German culture and society.
To train and cultivate specialists in German language and culture.

Course Description

A. Solid and intensive language training

In the first two years, we aim to lay the foundation of basic language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In the third and fourth year, we focus on advanced language training, and most specialized courses are taught in German. In order to enhance students’ competitiveness, those who are enrolled after the 95th academic year must pass the German language proficiency exam level B1 (of CECRL) before graduation.

B. Interest and career oriented curriculum

In addition to the training of students’ basic language skills, various courses are offered to improve the development of their specialties. Students are encouraged to take optional courses including “Literature and Linguistic Courses”, “Humanity Courses” and “Business German Courses” according to their interests. Extra credits from the optional courses of other departments are now acknowledged since the 95th academic year.

C. Overseas program

In order to provide a more in-depth perception of German culture and to strengthen students’ language ability, our department cooperates with the University of Münster and holds overseas programs on their campus. Each year , 20 qualified junior students have the chance to spend a semester in Germany since the 84th academic year. The program was later modified to target sophomore students but the number of students remains the same and the credits taken abroad are acknowledged by the universities and the Ministry of Education. Students who participate in this program are separated into various groups with other international students according to their language ability. To help students to better understand current German culture, the University of Münster also organizes extra-curriculum activities such as museum and art exhibition tours, football games, concerts, etc.


Contact information

Office of International Affairs
  • +886-2-28819471 ext. 5364-5369
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