Study Abroad

Why study abroad?

There really is no more exciting and effective way to deepen your understanding of spoken German and German culture than to immerse yourself. Being in Germany offers a unique chance to become familiar with German institutions, customs, way of life and to be part of the rapid changes taking place in Europe. We encourage and assist our students to take advantage of the wide array of study abroad opportunities in Germany - and there are scholarships and financial support programs to help make this happen.

Students can take part in three- and four-week intensive language courses offered at universities in Heidelberg, Freiburg, Berlin, Munich, Weimar, Dresden, Tübingen and many other amazing places in Germany. Canadian-organized programs include the very successful 'Canadian Summer School in Germany' in Kassel, and the 'Canadian year in Freiburg' program. Dalhousie has a general exchange agreement with the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich. 

Students with a strong ability in German may also consider taking a year of independent study at a German university - talk to the advisor for more information. A year in Germany provides students with the opportunity to master the German language and study in depth the cultural heritage of the German-speaking countries within the European context. A year-long immersion and the first-hand knowledge of Germany and Europe give participants a linguistic and cultural expertise which is difficult to acquire in any other way.

Students will receive credit at Dalhousie for pre-approved courses taken in Germany. Advanced classes conducted in German in the senior years help with the intensive immersion process overseas.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst offers various scholarships to support summer and year-long programs of study and research in Germany. They are open both to German majors and non-majors. An on-campus student DAAD ambassador is chosen each year to help explain and promote these opportunities.

View the 2023-24 German Study Abroad Information Session presentation. For more information on study-abroad opportunties, please contact Brigid Garvey (