A building in Germany.

A Waterloo-Mannheim joint graduate program


Our new international joint MA in Intercultural German Studies (IcGS) is a truly integrated program that offers you a rare opportunity of immersion in two academic-cultural environments. During this master’s degree, you will spend one year at the University of Waterloo and one year at the Universität Mannheim, earning dual credits from the two universities. This international accreditation means you will have equal degree recognition in Europe and North America.

I chose this program because it gave me an opportunity to spend a year studying abroad in Germany."

Read the full story of IcGS student Tanya Hagman.


The joint IcGS program offers a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to German language and cultural studies, including the study of media and literature. You will develop the linguistic, research and intercultural skills necessary for succeeding in today’s knowledge-based society. In fact, the IcGS degree is specifically designed to enable skills transferability and career mobility.

Transatlantic community

Building on the strength of over 35 years of student and faculty exchanges between Waterloo and Mannheim, the IcGS program is based on a solid foundation of cooperation between the partner universities. More integrated than an exchange term, this MA is the first joint transatlantic humanities degree available in Canada. The program was launched in 2011 and will graduate its first students in Fall of 2013.

Benefits of the IcGS Joint MA

  • IcGS provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake graduate studies at two leading universities in Canada and Germany. You gain unparalleled intercultural experience.
  • With IcGS you gain hands-on experience in the respective teaching and research environments through applied learning modules that are built into the program of study.
  • You'll graduate as one of the best trained German MAs anywhere, and will have an exceptional foundation for PhD studies in German and/or Applied Linguistics at top universities in Canada, Europe and the United States.
  • You'll be well prepared to pursue further study in related fields, such as education, second language acquisition, intercultural communications, international business, or law, as well as build a career within private or public sector organizations on either side of the Atlantic.