Proficient German is excellent preparation for graduate school and other advanced study, and the cultural acumen a German Studies student develops can greatly enhance careers in education, international relations, politics and social work. Most recently, IU Southeast German Studies graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school and careers in business. Many of the largest German companies are household names in the USA (such as Bosch, Stihl, Volkswagen, Birkenstock, T-Mobile, Aldi…). What might surprise you is how many German companies manufacture in the United States or have a corporate presence in our area. The following is a brief sample of German business connections in the Kentuckiana region:

  • DHL (Crittenden Dr., Louisville) is a logistics company headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
  • Siemens (Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville) is a German-based multinational engineering and electronics firm headquartered in Munich, Germany.
  • BASF (Bank St., Louisville) is the world’s largest chemical company and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
  • Schott AG (Shepherdsville Rd, Louisville) is a manufacturer of high-quality glass products headquartered in Mainz, Germany.
  • ThyssenKrupp (Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville) is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Essen, Germany. The Louisville branch specializes in elevators.
  • Bilfinger Berger AG (headquartered in Mannheim, Germany) and Hochtief (headquartered in Essen, Germany) are two of the companies involved in Louisville’s East End bridge project.
  • Humana, a Louisville-based healthcare company, recently announced a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim, which is based in Ingelheim, Germany.

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