Undergraduate Programs

Welcome, and welcome back! Whether you are new to the department or returning, exciting opportunities lie ahead of you. We offer you a rich selection of courses and a variety of extra-curricular activities.

By making the decision to take German courses, you add fascinating facets to your studies at U of T. We offer all the advantages of a small, well organized department: intimate class settings that allow you to get to know your instructors and classmates, highly qualified instructors who will engage you and stimulate critical thinking, and captivating topics to be explored in our seminars.

Please note: If you have any prior knowledge of German (i.e. if you have taken courses before, spoken the language as a child and/or spend any time in German-speaking countries), you are required to take a placement test.

If this is your first contact with German, take it easy and enjoy! Check out GER 100Y “Introduction to German I” and GER 150H “German Culture and Civilization.” Add GER200Y “Introduction to German II” and GER300Y “Intermediate German,” and you will need just one more topics course on the third-year level to complete a German minor! Follow these links to learn all about our minor, major, and specialist programs. Our minor in business German allows you to combine your penchant for German with an interest in commerce and economics. Our minor in Yiddish studies gives you access to the rich heritage of Yiddish literature and culture. We recently also created a new minor, German Studies in English. If you are curious about any of these tracks, please read carefully all relevant sections of the handbook and schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Coordinator (german.undergrad@utoronto.ca) who will assist you in creating a study plan and help you avoid delays and detours. And on your way, do not miss out on the amazing study abroad opportunities.

Plan your course of studies early and well to take advantage of all the opportunities and to avoid stress in your last year. We look forward to meeting you soon!