Learning German in the Palestinian Territories

© DAAD/ Nayef Hammouri

Learning German in the Palestinian Territories

The Palestinian Birzeit University offers the Bachelor of Arts degree programme in “German as a Foreign Language” (DaF), which has been established in cooperation with DAAD and Birzeit University in 2015. This BA programme is the first and only German programme at university level in the Palestinian Territories.

Students of the BA German Language study the German language up to the B2 level and take courses in German Literature, German Media, Regional Studies and Didactics and Methods of Teaching German as a Foreign Language. The programme offers students the chance to study German as a major or a minor.


© DAAD / Nayef Hammouri

A BA degree in German Language will not only enable the graduates to work as teachers at schools, universities (after having pursued an MA degree), the Goethe-Institut and other language institutes, but also opens up job opportunities in the field of international cooperation, industry, tourism and translation. There are scholarship opportunities for Summer Language Courses and Master Programmes in Germany or 3rd countries available.

Since January 2017, the DAAD has been funding a German Studies Partnership with the Herder Institute at Leipzig University in order to further develop the BA programme and subsequently establish the first German Department in Palestinian Territories at Birzeit University. As part of this cooperation, annual workshops in Birzeit and Leipzig take place, as well as mutual visits by teachers and students.

German as a foreign language BA Video

For further information:
Bachelor’s Degree in German Language (DaF) at Birzeit University
Contact person: Ruth Pappenhagen
Phone: 00970 (0)2-298 2985

© Ruth Pappenhagen

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