Each spring the Department of Germanic Studies hosts High School Day at UIC. German teachers and their students from throughout the Chicago area come to UIC to participate in various German language competitions, to visit undergraduate German classes, and to take part in language games. 


The event starts at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 1:30 pm.


Students compete in the following categories: Poetry Recitation, Culture Essay, Skits in German, Spelling Bee, City Guide, Eindrücke von Amerika, Werbespot-Video, and Program Cover Art Contest.

Students are judged by a UIC panel in all categories and by Consular representatives, faculty and representatives of the Goethe Institut in the final round. Trophies are awarded to first, second, and third place in each category.

High school teachers have the opportunity to meet with the Department Head and Language Program Director over breakfast to talk about the current teaching situation at high schools and to discuss areas of cooperation between the schools and the Department of Germanic Studies.

Herbert Quelle, Consul General,Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; Petra Roggel, Director, Goethe-Institut Chicago; Joerg Oberschmied, Honorary Consul for Switzerland; Reinhold Krammer, Honorary Consul for Austria

Who can participate?

All high school students learning German as a foreign language as well as students who are near-native speakers (who lived for a couple of years in a German-speaking country, or who speak German at home) may attend. We have special categories for first-year students (City Guide) and near-native speakers (Eindrücke von Amerika). Students who are not participating in the competitions can attend undergraduate language classes, participate in language games, and support their fellow students.

How can you participate?

Send an e-mail to 
germanhsd@uic.edu. Please provide your name, your school address, and your e-mail, and we will put you on our mailing list. Each year, in October, we send out invitation letters with the date, the competition categories and the registration information. You may also check this website for updated information.