Division of German



This four-year program encompasses intense and specialized study of the German language and life. Along the path, students develop all kinds of communication skills in the German language to the fullest by a variety of methods while also gaining a profound understanding of the German culture, history, and society. Designed to respond to every individual need and interest, students are free to choose their own areas of study from one, or a mixture, of the six specializations:

  • Communication Skills
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Translation
  • German Studies
  • German for Specific Purpose

     Furthermore, this open-end program allows student to pursue their study in accordance with their future plan: academic path or vocational world.

Key Benefits

  • A combination of language skills and genuine insight into German culture and society opens up career opportunities not only in German-speaking countries but also in many parts of the world.
  • Course syllabus is structured with high versatility and flexibility. Students can custom-tailor their own study to best suit their interests and needs.
  • A wide variety of activities, both academic and extra-curricular, to enjoy. This includes “German Language Day”, a public service program aimed to help enhance the proficiency of high school students who study German.
  • Vast scholarship opportunities for students to study in Germany.


Over the course of four years, students are required to complete at least 137 credits. In each of the eight semesters, they will take five or six individual courses, normally valued at 3.0 credits each, adding up to 18.0 credits for the semester. In the junior and senior years, students also take either Independent Study or Cooperative Education paths, depending on their goal. 

     In the first year, all students follow foundation German modules which build on their knowledge and communication skills. Alongside with German, students are also required to take English and Thai, as well as courses in Literary Studies, Sciences & Mathematics and other elective modules.

    In the second year, in addition to an intermediate-level study in the German language through communicative and literature courses, students are introduced to cultural and sociological perspectives in German Culture and Society and History of Europe modules. While continuing on communicative English courses at the more advanced level, students start their minor study at this stage.

      In the third year, besides advanced communicative German modules, compulsory courses in Linguistics and Literature fields further enhance students’ language competency.  Students also start to define their emphasis by choosing courses under the six aforementioned subject areas. At this level, those who wish to pursue a postgraduate study or academic profession may choose an Academic Report Writing on German Language, Literature and Culture module, while those aiming at vocational careers may choose a Cooperative Education module instead.

      In the fourth year, students are free to choose specialist modules in their areas of interest from a huge collection of innovative, thought-building and skill-enhancing German courses. Similar to the junior year, those focusing on an academic path may choose an Independent Study module, which allows them to indulge in their selected areas, while those heading for vocational careers take another Cooperative Education module. Most of all, the compulsory Discussion and Public Speaking in German module further magnifies all students’ communication skills, fully preparing them for the professional world.


Graduates of the German Division are proven successful in a wide range of German-speaking professions including education, international organization, government & civil services, diplomacy, tourism & hospitality industry, journalism & the media, public relations, translation & interpreting, businesses, and many more.

The Faculty of Humanities is one of three faculties established when Chiang Mai University was founded in 1964. The other two faculties are the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The three faculties offer three groups of foundation courses: natural sciences, social science and humanities as educators at that time believed it would result in a perfect graduate who is equipped with basic knowledge related to things of nature, human society and the mind as well as other qualities of mankind. In the first year of the establishment in 1964, the Faculty of Humanities had 20 full-time academic staff and 2 part-time instructors, 3 administrative staff and 77 students while offering 282 courses.

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