NEWS: University of North Georgia partners with the Goethe-Insitut!

Great news for our friends at the University of North Georgia (UNG) – with our help, they’ve established a new partnership with the Goethe-Insitut, strengthening their language program and  providing advanced courses to students and we’re so excited for them! This is a great opportunity for the university, it’s students and ourselves to really put German language learning on the map and carve out some fantastic careers in the process!


Dr. Billy Wells, left, vice president of executive affairs, signs a partnership agreement with the Goethe-Institut on behalf of UNG President Bonita Jacobs.


The deal was signed in Munich earlier this month when representatives from the University of North Georgia traveled to Germany to make things official. 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.

Dr. John Wilson, associate vice president for international programs at UNG and director of the Center for Global Engagement, also made the trip to Munich for this monumental occasion: “The Goethe-Institut is the premier German language organization in the world and UNG is thrilled to have such a prestigious organization as a partner,” Wilson said. “UNG students will able to obtain an intermediate level of German proficiency through Goethe-Institut summer classes and then proceed to complete international internships with the German universities, non-government organizations and military organizations which already have partnerships with UNG.”

It was thanks to our collaboration with UNG that this partnership became a reality, something we are extremely excited and pleased about. It’s a great opportunity for students at UNG and will give them the chance to live and study in Germany, gaining vital experience along the way.

“We, at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, are delighted to partner with UNG. Partnerships like this are at the core of our work at the Goethe-Zentrum,” said our Executive Director, Miriam Bruns. “Through close cooperation with educational partners such as UNG, we fulfill our mission of fostering cultural relationships between German-speaking and American people in order to promote a better understanding of German culture, language, and society within the larger context of European life.”

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.”

The partnership also means the university will be able to expand it’s 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.

Miriam adds, “We are impressed by UNG’s international focus and strong focus on expanding their language programs and commend them on their FSLA Berlin program, this agreement is just the beginning of the partnership between the Goethe Atlanta and the University of North Georgia. We are looking forward to expanding our joint programming and to mutually supporting our German-American programming.”

All that’s left to say is good look University of North Georgia and your students! We’re excited to see where this partnership will take us!


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Posted on September 22, 2015, in Daily News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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