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. Aug. 8, 2022Research Project 'German as a heritage language in Canada' needs participants for an online survey

    After several waves of German immigration to Canada, German Canadians form one of the country’s largest ethnic groups today. The research project “German as a heritage language in Canada”, carried out at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, thus aims to measure German-language vitality within the group and analyze the level of language maintenance.

    One part of the project is an online survey of any 18+ Canadian residents, who consider themselves to be of German origin (regardless of citizenship, length of residence in Canada and German-language proficiency).

  2. Aug. 2, 2022CfP: Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)

    Conference to be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, May 25th–27th, 2023

    Convenors: James Retallack (University of Toronto), Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg (both German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)

  3. July 21, 2022German - Canadian Herzberg Network Invitation
    German - Canadian Herzberg Network Invitation

    The German Embassy in Ottawa has reached out to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies to announce a new initiative they are launching called the Herzberg Network.

    This will be a collaborative online community for researchers, academics, research institutions, industry members and innovators in Canada and Germany to facilitate networking opportunities and provide a platform to showcase best practices and share information. The group runs through LinkedIn.

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