The Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies offers students options in five European languages: Danish, German, Polish, Russian, and Swedish. Arts students can use these courses to fulfill the language requirements to complete their degree.

For specific information on each program, please visit their individual language page.

Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are mutually understandable, and knowing just one is sufficient to make oneself understood in the two other countries as well!

Our department at UBC offers Beginning and Intermediate Danish. These courses will provide you with basic grammar, speaking and writing skills, along with engaging conversation and knowledge of Danish culture, based on short texts and everyday situations/dialogues.

We offer the following Danish language courses:

  • DANI 100 (3) Elementary Danish I
  • DANI 110 (3) Elementary Danish II
  • DANI 200 (3) Intermediate Danish I
  • DANI 210 (3) Intermediate Danish II

Our language courses also provide you with a good foundation, if you would like to study or work abroad in Denmark. Through our exchange agreements with an array of partner universities throughout the region, we offer you a unique opportunity to pursue studies abroad, and to improve your language skills.

The German Language Program at UBC is the largest university program of its kind in Canada. Our program offers a four-year sequence of comprehensive language courses and a variety of specialized courses at the upper level.

We offer the following German language courses:

  • GERM 100 (3) Beginners’ German I
  • GERM 110 (3) Beginners’ German II
  • GERM 200 (3) Intermediate German I
  • GERM 210 (3) Intermediate German II
  • GERM 300 (3) Intermediate German III
  • GERM 310 (3) Intermediate German IV
  • GERM 400 (3) Advanced German I
  • GERM 410 (3) Advanced German II

The Polish Language Program offers beginners and lower intermediate language courses. Polish 200 introduces students to contemporary Polish focusing on oral practice, reading and writing skills. In Polish 300 language skills are enhanced and reinforced by learning and practicing them in social, cultural and historical contexts.

We offer the following Polish language courses:

  • POLS 200 (6) Beginner’s Polish
  • POLS 300 (6) Intermediate Polish

Our program offers a full four-year range of Russian language courses. 100 and 200 level courses introduce students to contemporary Russian focusing on oral practice, reading and writing skills. In senior years, language skills are enhanced and reinforced by learning and practicing them in Russian social, cultural and historical contexts.

We offer the following Russian language courses:

  • RUSS 101 (3) Basic Russian I
  • RUSS 102 (3) Basic Russian II
  • RUSS 201 (3) Second-Year Russian I
  • RUSS 202 (3) Second-Year Russian II
  • RUSS 301 (3) Third-Year Russian I
  • RUSS 302 (3) Third-Year Russian II
  • RUSS 400 (3/6) Fourth-Year Russian

Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are mutually understandable, and knowing just one is sufficient to make oneself understood in the two other countries as well!

Our department at UBC offers Beginning and Intermediate Swedish. These courses will provide you with basic grammar, speaking and writing skills, along with engaging conversation and knowledge of Swedish culture, based on short texts and everyday situations/dialogues.

We offer the following Swedish language courses:

  • SWED 100 (3) Elementary Swedish I
  • SWED 110 (3) Elementary Swedish II
  • SWED 200 (3) Intermediate Swedish I
  • SWED 210 (3) Intermediate Swedish II

Our language courses also provide you with a good foundation, if you would like to study or work abroad in Sweden. Through our exchange agreements with an array of partner universities throughout the region, we offer you a unique opportunity to pursue studies abroad, and to improve your language skills.

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