German Language and Literatures
Department Chair:
Elizabeth Hamilton

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30a - noon and 1:00p - 3:30p

Max Kade German House

Max Kade German House

Über das Haus

Our goal is to promote the cultures of the German-speaking countries and to immerse the students in the German language. Two native speakers of German reside in the House every year: the Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) and the Teaching Assistant (TA).

Facts about the German House:

located on south campus on South Professor Street

houses 37 residents (including first-year students through graduating seniors):

15 singles

8 divided doubles

2 super singles

cozy library with over 1,000 volumes and satellite television with German channel

spacious new kitchen

comfortable lounge with fireplace, piano, large screen and multi-system VCR/DVD player

24-hour access to computer room and study areas

Residents should:

Demonstrate an interest in German House matters

Participate in the program by contributing ideas and time

Serve actively as members of German House committees (Special Events, Food, Blauer Salon)

Be willing to speak German

Be part of the community and accept responsibility for its well-being and growth

Enroll in a beginning German class during the year of residence, if they have not already begun to study German

The Max Kade German House regularly sponsors fun, German related activities for students. Residents are encouraged to speak German, and they can practice with each other and the native German speakers of the house. Because German House is small enough to easily organize many activities, there are informal gatherings each week as well as scheduled events.

Regular Events

Cultural Festival



Stammtisch is a great time to meet with other German speakers to get some practice conversing in German. Held at a local restaurant, students can have fun with faculty and friends while enjoying free food.


Residents of German House can take a break several times per month, have some tea and snacks, and hang out with the in-house faculty and teaching assistant. During this time, students may receive help with their German homework, discuss current events in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, or just find out how to speak like a local!

German Table

Students and members of the German faculty meet five times during the week for lunch and once for dinner at Stevenson Dining Hall, once for dinner at Lord-Saunders Dining Hall and once a week at a local coffee shop for Kaffeeklatsch.

Special Events


When the weather gets nice, German House hosts a semi-annual barbecue and we grill all day!


Occasionally German House makes the weekend better by putting on a nice brunch with a touch of German flavor and culture.

Baking Christmas Cookies

Baking and cooking are two common activities in the modern, well-equipped German House kitchen. Making Christmas cookies every year is a favorite tradition of German House residents.

Fasching (Carnival)

Another famous holiday is celebrated in the German House with a big party and lots of dancing and fun.


German department faculty and friends read their favorite German fairy tales while German House members gather in the German House lounge.

Der Blaue Salon

Students and friends of the German department pride themselves on their ability to excel not only at language, but music, theater, and the arts. Because of this, the German department hosts a talent show, Der Blaue Salon, twice a year to showcase our many talents.