An education that’s wunderbar
In an interconnected world, fluency in another language and culture pays big dividends.
At Waterloo, we offer much more than just German language courses. Explore German culture, film, literature, and linguistics, or add classes in other Slavic languages like Russian and Croatian, all with the additional appeal of work experience through co-op.
The language skills and cultural competence you develop over the course of your degree will serve you well in a variety of careers, including education, business, and government.
- Average class size = 15. With our small classes, you’ll never feel lost in the crowd. Our student-centred program focuses on your personal and professional development, while the student-run German Society regularly organizes movie nights, discussions, meals, and more.
- Guten tag, Deutschland! Deepen your experience by spending up to a year studying in Germany at the University of Bamberg or the University of Mannheim. We offer scholarships for travel-abroad opportunities — opportunities you can count towards a Global Experience Certificate.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in German
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take three introductory German courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be German courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your German degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Analyst - Derivatives Product Management
- Student Life Assistant
Sample co-op employers
- Scotia Capital Inc
- Leysin American School
- Fachhochschule Heilbronn
What can you do with a degree in German?
Waterloo German graduates commonly pursue careers in communications, business development, project coordination, and teaching. They often work for government departments, technology companies, and schools.
- Supply Teacher - Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Leiterin Geschaftsstelle - IT-Forum Rhein-Neckar
- Programme Manager - Graduate School Rhein-Neckar
- Editor & Corporate Communications Manager - Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- Founder & President - Energrow Inc.
- Music Teacher - Internationella Engelska Skolan
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.