Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is a research institute at the University of Waterloo. Funded by private donations, the WCGS supports research into all aspects of the German-speaking world, and is committed to publicly-oriented scholarship. We facilitate the communication of German studies research, distribute awards to students wishing to study in Germany, and organize cultural programming for the university and wider communities.

  1. Nov. 19, 2019WCGS 2018 Book Prize - Finalists Announced
    WCGS Book Prize 2018 Book covers

    The Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) is pleased to announce the eight finalists for the WCGS Book Prize. The prize, valued at CAD $2000, is for books in any area of German studies published by first-time authors in 2018.

  2. Nov. 19, 2019The Canadian Year in Freiburg is now accepting applications
    Freiburg im Breisgau

    Study for a year at the University of Freiburg and earn Canadian university credits

    For over three decades,the Canadian Year in Freiburg exchange program has offered students the opportunity to study at one of Germany’s top academic universities, to immerse themselves in German culture and society and to explore Europe.

  3. Nov. 5, 2019PAD Program now accepting applications

    Foreign Language Assistant Exchanges to Germany 2020-2021

                In co-operation with the German Pedagogical Exchange Office (PAD), the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German is accepting applications for positions as English-language assistants in the Federal Republic of Germany. Information and application forms are available from your university’s Department of German (or Department of Modern Languages).

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  1. Nov. 20, 2019In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany, 1945-1952
    Book Cover

    WCGS invites one and all to a talk by Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloo professor of History. Dr. Taylor will discuss her latest book, In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany, 1945-1952.

  2. Nov. 21, 2019Celebrate International Education Week - Alexandre Trudeau
    Alexandre Trudeau

    Celebrate International Education Week - Alexandre Trudeau

    November 18-22 is International Education Week at the University of Waterloo, the high point of which will be a visit to campus by renowned filmmaker and storyteller Alexandre Trudeau. The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is happy to be a leading sponsor of this event. Mr. Trudeau will be giving a keynote address to high school and university students (as well as anyone else who wishes to attend) about how his ability to speak multiple languages has enriched his life, both personally and professionally, and why he believes all students should have diverse opportunities for language learning and study abroad. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring industry professionals, alumni and more, all part of the Goethe-Institut’s Career Booster – Global Experience Day.

  3. Nov. 21, 2019Fall 2019 Reading Group

    This fall, we’ll be reading

    Benedict Wells: Vom Ende der Einsamkeit / The End of Loneliness, trans. Charlotte Collins

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