Why choose German at Dalhousie?

Want a solid understanding of one of the world's most widely-spoken languages and its influences on modern thinking? Courses in the German Department will give you the skills you need in German grammar, speech, reading, and writing.

Plus, studying German opens a window into the country's rich culture and heritage, and its literature and thought. German writers—such as Luther, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger—made significant contributions to modern thought and German literature, and laid the groundwork for modern subjectivity and notions of freedom.

Some literature courses are taught mainly in German above the 2000-level—almost like an immersion program. You'll also be encouraged to build your proficiency by studying abroad.

Whether or not you decide to major in German, you can apply for a Certificate of Proficiency. This official recognition of your skills is definitely something that will enhance your resume.

Program details

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • Concentration (3 years)
  • Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Available as a second subject to BSc students


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • 4 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • German
  • History

See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • First-year courses have approximately 30 students.
  • Upper-year courses generally have from 10 to 15 students.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing Services can help.   

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style, traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing