House Life

House Life

Deutsches Haus: German House

The German House program at Gregory offers students exposure to German language, film and culture. Beginners learn from more advanced students, and all enjoy a relaxed environment for maintaining or improving their German language skills. Deutsches Haus is proud to be able to offer students the option of enrolling in German 180: German in Residence through the Penn Department of Germanic Language & Literatures. While many students enroll for credit, you are welcome to participate for fun or attend select events!

Deutsches Haus is the German Language component of the Modern Languages Program, based in Class of 1925. This program is staffed by resident Program Directors who are accomplished graduate students (and often native German speakers) chosen to promote the goals of language immersion and cultural exposure. Each group meets 2-4 times a week for meals, chats, media screenings and excursions, consisting of everything from German Pictionary to cooking instruction to opera and dance. This close-knit community has members from all four class years, with some veterans taking on a guiding role; many participants are interested in international business, law, or careers in diplomacy, and often plan to study abroad while at Penn. Both beginners and those with considerable German fluency are welcome; dedicated residents often show great improvement in their speaking skills, and have the option of receiving course credit in German.

Program Goals: The program aims to provide students with regular German language practice and diverse cultural experiences.

Requirements: Students who choose to enroll in the for-credit option for German can expect to participate in 2-3 events each week held entirely in German. There is no required written component. Enrollment is a half credit per semester for a maximum of two semesters. Note: Upperclassmen living in Gregory are welcome to participate in Deutsches Haus activities but will not necessarily be assigned to the MLP living spaces.

Viraj Patel, Interim House Director

Program Members: 32