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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy


German Language Study

Sprachprogramm - Language Program

The Program

Students wishing to begin German at Cornell enroll in GERST 1210-1220.
Those successfully completing this sequence or those who place into the 2000-level, may pursue further language study in that department or begin with the literature and cultural studies tracks in German Studies.

The beginning sequence of 2000-level courses in German Studies, with readings and discussion in German, is designed to provide further grounding in the language as well as introduce German literature (GERST 2000-2020).
More advanced courses introduce majors and other qualified students to a broad variety of literary and cultural topics in German-speaking countries.

Language Course Sequence

course grid

If you already know German...

  • Students with an AP score of 4 or better may be granted three credits in German.
  • Students with an AP score of 4 or better, an LPG score of 65 or higher, or a SAT II score of 690 or higher must take the CASE examination for placement in courses above GERST 2000.
  • Students coming to Cornell with advanced standing in German and/or another subject are encouraged to consider a double major and to discuss the options with Gunhild Lischke, the director of undergraduate studies, as early as possible.

German Language placement Exams

The Department of German Studies offers Placement and CASE Exams twice a year. 
For the most current information regarding Placement and CASE Exams, CLICK HERE.

Otherwise, please contact Gunhild Lischke (; 607-255-0725) if you have any questions, or if you are unable to attend either of the scheduled exams.