Reaching out to our Undergraduates

Reaching out to our Undergraduates

Dear Students,

Wherever you may be in the fall – whether it’s here in Canada or your hometown in another country – we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the German Department. Registration is underway, and we are very pleased to be offering a full range of courses, from introductory German to seminars in German cultural and literary studies, business German, Yiddish, and intellectual history.

Whatever new kinds of learning you may encounter in the fall, we remain committed to providing a safe, quality educational experience and to promoting the four 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. And we’ll make sure that you have frequent opportunities to interact and engage with other students and your instructor in real time.

We have been very busy this summer adapting our courses for the conditions that await us in the fall, and a  record number of students took advantage of our online offerings during the summer terms. We look forward to building on this success with different modes of instruction in 2020-21. This summer we were also thrilled to have been able to offer virtual internships though our iPRAKTIKUM experiential learning and internationalization program. Four students are currently working for cutting-edge startups in Berlin and Freiburg in the areas of social innovation, urban mobility, and sustainability. This is just one of the ways in which we are innovating to adapt to the challenges of the global pandemic and offer you impactful learning opportunities.

As you gear up for the coming term, we would like to invite you to participate in a few informal activities to keep us connected. We want to know how you are doing, and it’s important to us to maintain the vibrant community that we strive to foster in our Department.

So, keep your eye on our website and stay tuned for our upcoming online social events.

Stay safe,

Prof. Hang-Sun Kim, Associate Chair Undergraduate
Prof. Stefan Soldovieri, Chair