at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

The German program promotes autonomous learning and the development of critical thinking skills through student-centred teaching practices. You'll acquire communicative competence in what are considered the five proficiencies of language learning: listening, reading, speaking, writing, and culture.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

This program includes the language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking world. First- and second-year courses focus primarily on language, and the program is designed to develop active and communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. The content includes authentic language from a variety of areas, social contexts, and periods.

The department also offers third-year survey courses in Literature and Culture, taught in English, which are open to all students. The full program for Honours, Major, and Minor in German includes third- and fourth-year courses in Literature (some in English), Cultural Studies, Languages, and Business German. In addition, the department offers Swedish and Danish language courses, as well as courses on Scandinavian and Baltic literature and culture (taught in English).

Campus features

The UBC library is proud to have very extensive German-language holdings and among the best collections in Canada in German history.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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