Herzlich Willkommen: German at Harper

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Welcome to the German Program at Harper College! Professors of German at Harper use a learner-centered, communicative approach to language learning. Students gain German proficiency enhanced by cultural and historical knowledge of the German-speaking regions. German courses are taught from the beginning to advanced and conversational levels. Learning is enhanced through multimedia technology, free tutoring, cultural outings in the Chicago area, a German Club, and study abroad opportunities.

German coursework may be used to satisfy electives and program requirements, to cultivate personal and business interests, or to begin the path toward a minor or major in German. Students often complete their first two years of study at Harper College and then transfer their credits to a four-year institution. Adult learners often take German courses for business and travel purposes.

Harper’s German Program offers:

  • Day, evening, and online language courses
  • Free individual and group tutoring
  • German cultural programming
  • A testing center that administers exams to fit an individual's work/ life demands
  • Library with German books, magazines, and movies
  • Study abroad opportunities and advising for educational and professional travel
  • Links to Harper’s wide array of student services and activities


Why German?

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Students find learning German to be useful, fun, and intellectually stimulating. In a world where being a global citizen is of utmost importance, students in the United States turn to the German language to broaden their knowledge, skill set, and world view. Proficiency in German unlocks countless opportunities.

Be Connected. There are more native speakers of German in Europe than any other language, and Germany continues to be a driving force within the European Union. Besides Germany, German is spoken in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, northern Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. German is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.

Advance Your Career. Business, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Linguistics, Art, Music, Philosophy, Theology, Education, International Affairs, Politics and History.
Students of these disciplines learn German to get jobs or advance in their current careers. Companies like Bosch, Siemens, Lufthansa, BMW, and Hilti need German-speakers for upper-level positions.

Explore Your Heritage.  Learning German can expand your appreciation and knowledge of U.S. and Chicago history and culture. In the year 2000 census, 42.8 million or 15.2% of Americans reported having German ancestry. Trace your roots and learn about Chicago’s German landmarks and legacies.

Be Inspired. Gutenberg’s printing press. The Theory of Relativity. MP3 music format. Germany has always been a land of innovation and new technologies. Get inspired by learning the language of innovators.

Travel and Learn. The music of Vienna. The Biergartens of Munich. The beautiful castles along the Rhine. The ski slopes of Switzerland. The film scene of Berlin. The German-speaking regions of Europe offer rich cultural experiences to travelers of any age and with any interest.

Harper’s German Program leads students to new and exciting opportunities. Find out more by contacting Frau Jaeger at 847.925.6890 or kjaeger@harpercollege.edu.




For more information about the courses currently being offered, please review the class schedules: