The University of North Georgia has created a partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the premier global German language and cultural organization, that will provide advanced courses for UNG students and expand the university’s German language program.
The Goethe-Institut, headquartered in Munich, has 159 centers throughout the world in more than 80 countries, but the agreement with UNG marks the first time the organization has partnered with an American university to offer language credit. The direct-enrollment program, in which UNG students will enroll in the institute, is the only one of its kind.
UNG plans to begin sending students to the institute in summer 2016, according to Dr. John Wilson, associate vice president for international programs at UNG and director of the Center for Global Engagement.
The Goethe-Institute is dedicated to promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations. UNG collaborated with the Goethe-Zentrum in Atlanta to bring this program to the university.
UNG has full-time instructors in German and has 145 students enrolled in German courses; the new partnership will make it easier to provide advanced instruction, according to Dr. Brian Mann, head of the Division of World Languages and Cultures at UNG.
“With this unprecedented level of growth in the German program and the opportunity to work with a partner with such globally recognized success and renown, we plan to add more campus-based, advanced-level courses to our program,” Mann said. “Ultimately, we would like to get to the point where we could offer a major in German.”
UNG students enrolled at one of the 16 Goethe-Institut locations in Germany already will have completed some German courses, Mann said, allowing them to focus on higher levels of communication and cultural enrichment. The university also will be able to expand opportunities for intensive German instruction, like UNG’s first-ever Federal Service Language Academy study abroad program, offered in Berlin this summer for dual-enrolled high school students.