Come live at the Max Kade German House!

We are part of UVa‘s language house community and provide an authentic environment for undergraduate students to improve their German language skills. In the German House you will

  • Improve your German through daily practice
  • Meet other people and make new friends
  • Be involved in Oktoberfest, Karneval, Movie Nights, and many other events
  • Enjoy home-cooked meals
  • PLUS it looks great on your resume, and Lederhosen are not required!

Who can live at the German House?

Basically everyone can live at the German House whose German suffices for everyday life. This means, if you have finished two semesters of college German, the equivalent amount of high school German or if you come from a German-speaking home, you are qualified. You do not necessarily have to study in the German department or be a German major. The German House is looking for motivated students whose German is at least at the basic conversational level. Their German does by no means need to be perfect nor do they need to be German majors or minors. We currently have a mix of students at various levels, ranging from German 2010 to near-native fluency, studying a variety of different subjects.

How does one apply?

To apply for the German House online through the site of UVA housing. Please go to: For details on the application process please contact the resident language advisor or the German department.  Please note that the application process requires the same steps (including the access through your UVA account) as any residential application. The deadline for applications to the German House is November 14th.

The application consists of a questionnaire which includes a short essay in German (again, we’re not looking for perfect writing skills but for creative and motivated individuals) and a short informal interview with the German House RA and language advisor.  If you or your students have any questions about applying to live in the German House, please do not hesitate to contact Maximiliane Wagner (, the German House Language Advisor.

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