The University of Mumbai is the oldest centre for German Studies in India. The Department of German offers full-fledged academic & research programmes. It conducts full time degree programmes in German Studies (B.A, M.A., M.A. (Hons.), Ph.D.) as well as part time programmes in German, Japanese & Marathi (Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma), Diploma in Commercial & Technical Translation and Tourism and Communicative Marathi Level 1 to 5.
Our aim is to impart quality education in German language, literature, culture, translation & intercultural studies. The academic curriculum of advanced programmes is supplemented by numerous seminars on language teaching, literature, intercultural hermeneutics, linguistics, translation, philosophy, aesthetics etc. The Department also gains from enriching contributions made by guest professors, research scholars, trainees and exchange students from German speaking countries, which provide the students with an opportunity of constant academic interaction with native German scholars throughout the academic session.
The M.A., M.A. (Hons.), & Ph.D. programmes in German Studies are research and job oriented. The emphasis on German language competence, translation and courses on teaching of German as a foreign language besides courses on German philology and culture studies empower the students at multiple levels. The comprehensive syllabus has an interdisciplinary and intercultural character, which enables the students to pursue research as well as careers in the field of German as well as allied domains globally.
The Department also carries out research & translation projects with other Indian, German, Austrian & Swiss Universities. The academic programmes and curriculum of German are constantly reviewed keeping in mind compulsory basic disciplinary knowledge, the latest academic developments in German Studies, the local and global interdisciplinary and intermedial scenario and the vocational interests of the students.
The Department of German currently has a Memorandum of Understanding with 3 top universities of Germany: the Georg August University of Göttingen, the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Besides the MoUs, the German Institutes Partnership (GIP) with the Universities of Göttingen and Freiburg and the academic collaboration with the German Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg facilitate active research, exchange of students, research scholars and teachers.
The Department offers practical training and guidance in the field of German as a foreign language to students/trainees from German speaking countries. Meritorious B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students of the Department get the opportunity of pursuing partial studies/research at German/Austrian Universities under various academic exchange programmes. Credits for an exchange semester are transferred and recognised.
The Department of German is equipped with a library which has more than 5000 books, two computers with internet, printing and photocopying facility. The students also have access to the Jawaharlal Nehru Library of the University which has more than 6 lakh books. Students may make use of the University gym and sports facilities.