Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Program in Germanic Studies

Situated in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, UBC’s Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies (CENES) offers a research-intensive graduate program in Germanic Studies with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Thanks to our committed faculty, funding, research, and teaching opportunities, we attract an engaged international graduate student community to our M.A. and Ph.D. programs. The M.A. can be a standalone credential or preparation for doctoral study in various fields. The Ph.D. focuses on the development of expertise rooted in interdisciplinary research and teaching within Germanic Studies. Throughout their studies, graduate students receive support and guidance from experienced faculty members who are committed to helping students take full advantage of the opportunities in their field and degree program.

Intellectual Life and Graduate Student Activities

The CENES Department has many opportunities for students to engage in intellectual exchange with our talented faculty and graduate student peers. Every year, the department hosts a graduate student colloquium or conference, a faculty research colloquium series, and the Ziegler Lecture Series, as well as workshops and symposia that create a vibrant atmosphere for graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary work and to learn from UBC faculty and other visitors. Some of these events and their associated research projects include elements on which graduate students can collaborate with faculty. These collaborations often lead to travel opportunities, publications, and presentations.

Our graduate students receive support to conduct research and present their work through grants and awards that allow for travel to archives and conferences. For example, graduate students in Germanic Studies regularly present at the annual conferences of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the German Studies Association (GSA).

Professional development is a focus of the graduate program; mentoring is a major focus of faculty supervision of graduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to think holistically about their professional trajectory, and they receive extensive support from our faculty and other resources at UBC. Within the program this includes thinking broadly about the applicability of skills gained during the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in and beyond academia.

Collaboration and Study Beyond Germanic Studies

CENES is a comparative department and is also home to faculty members with expertise in Nordic and Slavic studies. In addition, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, and Swedish language courses are taught in the department.

Pursuing graduate work in Germanic Studies at UBC means being in close vicinity to other exciting departments and programs to which our faculty and students have ties. These other units include the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, the Institute for European Studies, Media Studies, Language Sciences, Science and Technology Studies, the Migration Cluster, Medieval Studies, the Department of History, the iSchool of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, and Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library.