Preference Selection

Undergraduate* Section Selection and Information German Language Courses

(*If you are a graduate student, please contact Theresa Schenker for placement)

Fall 2022

Mandatory preference selection for courses

All students who wish to take a German Language course in Levels L1 - L4 (GMAN 110, GMAN 120, GMAN 130, or GMAN 140) or Advanced German courses (courses in GMAN 150s, GMAN 160s, and GMAN 170s), must pre-register through Preference Selection during the Online Preference Selection period:

Start time: Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m.

End time: Monday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Student Notification: by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 19

NOTE: For students who intend to enroll in Intensive German I (GMAN 125, Fall) or Intensive German II (GMAN 145, Spring), which meet five days a week for two hours should register directly at OCS for the one section offered. All others follow the links below. 

For students who still need to take the Department’s placement exam

(only if you have prior knowledge of German):

The German placement examination is administered online. You can access the test through this link. Once prompted, enter your Yale NetID and password. 

For students who have already taken a German language course at Yale:

You will follow the link below for the next appropriate course in the sequence. For example, if you have already taken GMAN 110, you will follow the L2 preference selection link to register for GMAN 120.

L1-L4 Preference Selection

Click on the link below to select your preferences for levels L1-L4 (GMAN 110, GMAN 120, GMAN 130, or GMAN 140). You may only select the level into which you placed or which follows the course you have previously taken.

Follow this link to L1-L4 Preference Selection

Advanced Preference Selection (L5)

Click on the link below to select your preferences for Advanced German classes (GMAN 150s, GMAN 160s, or GMAN 170s). You may take more than one advanced class at the same time.

Follow this link to Advanced Preference Selection (L5)


After entering your Yale NetID and Password, you will select your top 3 preferences from a list of available sections for your assigned level. Places will be assigned on the basis of a computerized selection.

Notice of assignments will be available one day after selection closes. You will again enter your Yale NetID and Password to find your section registration information.

To secure your place in the section, you must attend ALL meetings of the class. Instructors will start waiting lists the first day of classes, and any open seats will immediately be filled from the names on the waiting list.

If you missed the online preference selection or were not assigned a section, or if scheduling changes make it necessary for you to switch to a different section, you should attend the desired section for placement on its waiting list.

You should also continue to attend your original section until you are sure that you have a place in another one.

You must attend the class each time it meets in order to remain on the waiting list.

Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Language Program Director if you have any questions.