An education that’s wunderbar

A German flag.

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.

Program highlights

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!


What will you learn?  

First-year courses

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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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose German as your major at the end of first year.

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)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Art and Business.

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