German Language Studies

Welcome to UBC’s German Language Program!

The German Language Program at UBC is the largest at Canadian universities. Each year, we offer over 50 courses that accommodate all levels of proficiency and a variety of specialized interests: Courses for beginners as well as for intermediate and advanced students, courses that specialize on German in the Workplace, German Translation or Conversation and courses with a focus on German literature and culture.

We complement these offerings with a variety of extracurricular activities: Students from all levels of proficiency are welcome to join us for our weekly Book Club, Singing Hour and Conversation Hour, or for such events as the tatort film series or the annual Christmas party. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact our German Undergraduate Advisor.

Why study German at UBC?

The goals of the German Language Program at UBC are:

  • proficiency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking German
  • development of cultural understanding and awareness
  • development of autonomous learning skills

The German Language Program promotes autonomous learning and the development of critical thinking skills through learner-centered teaching practices. Learners acquire communicative competence in what are considered the five proficiencies of language learning: listening, reading, speaking, writing and culture. These proficiencies are acquired within an integrated four-level course of study described below:

  • German 100/110: These entry level courses develop linguistic proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Intercultural learning and an international awareness are also promoted.
  • German 200/210: These intermediate courses reinforce and expand linguistic proficiency in German and intercultural learning and awareness.
  • German 300/310/313: These advanced-intermediate courses further develop German linguistic skills and promote intercultural learning and awareness.
  • German 400/410: These advanced courses strive for near-native competence and a highly developed understanding of contemporary issues; emphasis is on oral discussion and participation.

What courses are offered in the German Language Program?

Click here for the German Language courses overview.

What special courses are offered in the German Language Program?

Conversational German 313 – This course develops oral communication skills and strategies in important areas of German cultural life.
Prerequisite: German 210 or equivalent linguistic proficiency.

Business German 314 – This course is offered in Term I.
It focuses on microeconomic orientation and will prepare students for the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf exam to be held in Term II.
Prerequisite: German 210 or equivalent.

Business German 414 – This course is offered in Term II.
It focuses on macroeconomic orientation and will prepare students for the exam Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International which is given every May.
Prerequisite: German 300 or equivalent.

German 433 – An Introduction to German for Reading Knowledge. This course is available to students who have no or very little prior knowledge of German, but need to acquire basic reading knowledge in the target language in order to fulfill necessary academic requirements.

German 434 – Students can choose one of four available modules: humanities, business/economics, musicology and chemistry and concentrate on academic readings in their field of expertise.
Pre-requisite: either German 433 or one year of German studies.

German 506 – Intercultural Competence and Second Language Acquisition
This graduate seminar presents current practical and theoretical issues in second/foreign language acquisition as these relate to German. It is a required course for departmental graduate students who are Teaching Assistants.

What else is happening in the German Language Program at UBC Vancouver?

In addition to their German courses, students can take advantage of many other activities and opportunities provided by the Program:

  • Check out the Resources for German Language Students
  • Explore the German Corner – a page containing German news and media of interest to students of German
  • The Canadian Summer School for Students of German (CSSG) represents the cooperation of the German Language Program with the CAUTG. The CSSG program offers a six-week immersion experience to Canadian students with a minimum first-year proficiency in German.
  • Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD). Students of the Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies Department, who have participated in the German Language Program, may spend a year working in Germany as English teachers in German high schools.