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The German section proudly announces to have been awarded support for the "EMU German Campus Week 2017" by the German Embassy, Washington, D.C.

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12th EMU German-American Day Oct. 26, 2017, 3–6 p.m.

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We invite area German High School Students and their Teachers as part of EMU "Campus German Week." This event is supported by German Embassy, Washington, D.C., German Consulate General Chicago, and German Info.



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German Company Visit

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Business German students visited Detroit Diesel, a Daimler Company in Dearborn, on Oct. 24, 2016, with Prof. Zinggeler. Joseph Eilerman - a graduate of the program "Language for International Careers" (LIC) and now employed by DD, lead the company visit offering the students a glimpse into the world of German-American automotive industry.

Why should you learn German?

  • More than 3,000 companies from German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S. There are over 200 German-based firms in Michigan alone.
  • 18% of books worldwide are written in German
  • Learning German helps students get better SAT and ACT scores. At the University of California, more majors require the study of German than other languages (German 56 majors, French 43 majors, Spanish 21 majors, Japanese 7 majors)
  • Among many academic programs requiring or recommending German are: anatomy, art, history, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, botany, chemistry, design, engineering, film studies, genetics, linguistics, logic and methodology of science, molecular biology, music near eastern studies, philosophy, physical science, physics, physiology, religious studies, zoology
  • German is a key language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe
  • In a 1994 survey conducted by German-American Chambers of Commerce, 65% of all respondents stated they were looking specifically for German/English bilingual skills
  • German companies in the US pay the German-speaking employees premium salaries
  • Many people don't realize that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe (as a native language in seven countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Tyrol - Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium)

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