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From Middle High German studieren, from Latin studeō +‎ -ieren.


  • IPA(key): /ʃtuˈdiːrən/, [-ˈdiːʁən], [-ˈdiː.ɐn], [-ˈdiɐ̯n]
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  • Rhymes: -iːʁən


studieren (weak, third-person singular present studiert, past tense studierte, past participle studiert, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to study at university or college level; to be a student (of)
    Sie studiert Chemie.
    She studies chemistry.
    Seit wann studierst du?
    For how long have you been a student?
  2. (transitive, perhaps slightly dated) to study scientifically; to research; to perform a study on
    Er studiert den Nestbau der Ameisen.
    He studies the nest building of ants.
  3. (transitive, slightly informal) to look at minutely; to study; to peruse; to analyse
    Sie studierte seinen Brief.
    She studied his letter.
    Er studierte ihren Gesichtsausdruck.
    He studied her facial expression.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Generally not used of private or school learning, nor in the sense of “to review already learnt material”. There are certain exceptions to this, but they are chiefly restricted to idioms or some specific contexts. Lernen is the normal word for this.




  • Lower Sorbian: studěrowaś
  • Serbo-Croatian: studirati
  • Slovene: študirati

Further reading[edit]

  • studieren” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • studieren” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • studieren” in Duden online
  • studieren” in