There are many reasons to study and understand German. Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holiday. They appreciate being looked after by German-speaking staff and tour guides. Knowledge of German also increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German can help you function productively for an employer with global business connections. German is the second most commonly used scientific language and speaking German offers fellowship to scientists abroad. And finally, a wide range of exchange programs exists for both school and university students between Germany and many countries in the world.