Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for German Studies

Please note: the Waterloo Centre for German Studies office is closed from December 2nd, 2019 to January 6th, 2020 - Santa has asked us to help the elves out with all their work! If you need anything, please contact the Centre director James Skidmore. Frohe Weihnachten!

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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