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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Dr. Michael House encourages students to practice their speaking skills.


Speaking, reading, and writing—all in German

Brigid Garvey makes learning the German language fun with games and other speaking activities.


Students helping students

As a tutor in first-year courses, third-year student Nadine El Housseiny shares her knowledge of German—and gains confidence in her own abilities.


Back to basics

First-year student Eric Hutt learned his ABCs and 1-2-3s in an intro German course.


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study German at Dalhousie:

  1. Speaking German is an asset to careers in engineering, art history, journalism, diplomatic service, linguistics, education, economics, theatre studies, music, film, political science, and architecture.
  2. Combine German studies with other programs, such as Environment, Sustainability, and Society (ESS) or Political Science—and find out how the writings of Freud, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, Goethe, and Schiller are still relevant to today’s complex social problems.
  3. Through events organized by the German Society, including its annual German Immersion Day, you'll have opportunities to practice your German in a fun, social atmosphere.
  4. A low student-professor ratio means more opportunities for individual attention from profs, helping ensure your success.
  5. Open your eyes to another culture! The Department of German’s study abroad program lets you experience German culture firsthand for up to a year—while earning credits toward your BA at Dal.
  6. The German Department hosts weekly chat sessions—no matter what your level is, you’re invited to come and practice your skills, often with exchange students from Germany.
  7. Choose from German language, literature, and philosophy courses that will help you become a well-rounded global citizen.

What will I learn?


Learn how German folk and fairy tales traveled north to Scandinavian countries and influenced culture there. Discover how the writings of German thinkers are still relevant today, no matter your area of study.

What can I do?


A solid background in German can enhance your career path, whether you dream of being a translator, a foreign diplomat, or a professor. Learn more about how you can use your knowledge of German language and philosophy in your career.