According to "Facts about Germany," Germany is one of the countries most preferred by foreign students, a hub of cutting-edge international research and a constant source of new patents. With more than 300 institutions of higher education throughout the country, Germany makes an ideal destination for a study abroad, either to enhance your German language skills or pursue a study in your field. Germany has diverse cultural life and history as well as is home to some of the world's largest corporations — such as Audi, BMW, Siemens, and Bayer —creating a perfect opportunity to live and learn in a country with a rich cultural past that looks on the future.
Study in Germany advisor:
Dr. Margaret Maliszewska
Office: Kingston Hall 416
Queen's Partner Universities
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (TASSEP)
The Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, founded in 1558, with its 21,000 students distributed over ten different faculties leaves its mark on the image of the town. The university puts emphasis on intensely taking care of its students. Special programmes support students from abroad. When it comes to teaching, Jena University combines tradition and innovation: Apart from medicine, physics, psychology, business studies and economics, or sports, bio and social sciences - all of which are highly ranked - subjects, like for instance caucasiology, Romanian or Indo-Germanic studies, are sustained. The wide range of opportunities for studying at Thuringia's only classical university shapes its appearance as well as its attitude: to act without limits.
More information on Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.
Friedrich Schiller University is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences. Students need to have a firm understanding and grasp of the German language in order to participate in this exchange.
Technical University of Berlin (TASSEP)
The eventful history of the Technische Universität Berlin extends all the way back to the time of King Friedrich II. Originally founded in 1770, the School of Mining was integrated into the “Königlich Technische Hochschule zu Berlin” (TH) in 1916. The TH was established in 1879, when the School of Architecture, founded in 1799, merged with the Academy of Trade, founded in 1821.With about 29,500 students, the TU Berlin is one of the largest universities of technology in Germany. One of the most important tasks is to educate the students to meet the challenges of a world increasingly characterized by technology and progress. The goal, however, is not to simply impart knowledge in order to create innovative ideas, but rather to give the students the ability to recognize relevant societal and economic problems and then to analyze and solve them.
More information on Technical University of Berlin
Technical University of Berlin is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences. Students need to have a firm understanding and grasp of the German language in order to participate in this exchange.
Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – was established in 1386 and is Germany’s oldest university. It is also one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe. Currently, the university has twelve faculties with a total of more than 30,000 students and a research and teaching staff of more than 5,000 scientists - among them 450 professors. The disciplines taught at Heidelberg University encompass the humanities, the social sciences, law, natural sciences, and the life sciences, including medicine. Heidelberg University’s identity as a comprehensive university has grown out of its academic history, its commitment to the present, and its role in shaping the future. The research and educational efforts of the university are devoted to pursuing the central questions confronting humanity, concentrating on fundamental research and its application, and empowering Heidelberg’s students to participate in this scientific and academic endeavor at an early stage.
More information about Heidelberg University
Please note that all courses offered at Heidelberg University are offered in German, so you need a good command of the German language in order to participate at this exchange.
The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is one of Europe’s oldest universities. It was established in 1477 by Count Eberhard “the Bearded” of Württemberg. In Tübingen’s historical center there is hardly a building or a square that is not linked to a renowned scholar. Tübingen notables include Hegel, Hölderlin and Schelling, Mörike and Uhland, Johannes Kepler and Wilhelm Schickard. Tübingen today remains a place of research and teaching. In addition to the nearly 86,000 inhabitants, there are some 28,500 German and international students. Some 450 professors and more than 4000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties. The University specializes in a number of innovative fields of research: Neuroscience, Clinical Imaging, Translational Immunology and Cancer Research, Microbiology and Infection Research, Molecular Biology of Plants, Environmental and Geoscience, Astro- and Elementary Particle Physics, Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Language and Cognition, Education and the Media. Teaching at the University of Tübingen reflects the broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of its research. More than 280 courses are on offer. The University is open to the international exchange of academics and students.
More information on University Tübingen
Most of the courses at that university are offered in German only, but some are also available in English. See the Information for International Students for the most up-to-date course offering.
Summer Study Options
The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG)
The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG) offers university-level language and culture studies in Kassel, in a unique and intensive immersion program. The CSSG is organized under the auspices of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and offers courses at the intermediate and advanced level. For a period of approximately 6 1/2 weeks, students participate in a full course (approximately 85 hours of classroom instruction) and in numerous additional activities: lectures at various museums, visits to theatres and operas, excursions to cities with cultural and historical significance, and a four-day trip to Berlin. The main feature of the program, though, is the students' rapid progress in linguistic skills enhanced mainly by the fact that they are immersed in German life, culture and civilization.
Students apply through University of Alberta Augustiana Campus. A Letter of Permission from Queen's is required. For more information please visit CSSG website.
OBW International Lake Constance Summer School/ Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (IBH)
The IBH is a four-week summer program in which students from around the world study German and learn about the cultures of the German-speaking countries that surround Lake Constance: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. It offers a unique, excellent, and highly enjoyable learning experience in the classroom, as in its excursions to places of interest in the region and its extracurricular program. Lake Constance lies at the centre of one of the most interesting, beautiful, and culturally rich areas of Europe. The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange Program offers scholarships to students from Ontario universities who are selected by the OBW Program to participate in the Internationale Bodensee Hochschule.
Applications are usually due end of March each year and are to be submitted to the International Programs Office in Mackintosh- Corry Hall room B206. For more information, please visit IBH website.
International Summer University at the University of Freiburg.
Learning German with people from all over the world in the sunny Black Forest- Freiburg is the ideal place for it. The old university town Freiburg is the sunniest city of Germany. It is situated in the southwest of the country and is nestled between the borders of France and Switzerland. With its historic old town and the gothic cathedral, Freiburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
In the course, students improve their German language skills while at the same time allowing you to enjoy the unique atmosphere of this likeable Black Forest metropolis, which will turn their stay into an experience worth remembering! The four-week Summer-University offers an interesting and varied language course in the morning. In the afternoon, students can participate in exercises and seminars to enhance their skills. In addition to the course, there is a diverse leisure program in which student discover the city and the neighboring regions.
For more information please visit the SprachLehrInstitut (SLI) der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg website (German only).
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) University Summer Course Grant.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education. DAAD New York is the representative office for all of North America and its programs are open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of higher education institutions located in the United States, Canada and their territories. This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.
To find out the most up-to-date information on course offerings at different universities, go to the DAAD Summer Course Search Engine at DAAD website.
Work/ Internship Opportunities
The Work-Student Program (Werkstudentenprogramm)
The Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG), in co-operation with the Zentrale Arbeitsvermittlung (ZAV) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), organizes a program of work and travel in Germany from May until August each year. This program gives Canadian students looking for valuable work experience or want to improve their command of the German language the opportunity to work at summer jobs in Germany. Through this program students will find employment in the tourist, service, or manufacturing industries and in business, for an eight to twelve- week period, after which, if so arranged, they are free to travel. In most cases successful applicants receive salary or payment at various levels.
Applicants should be in Intermediate German or higher. Applications, usually due middle November each year, must go through the departmental office ( Kingston Hall room 416).
Please note: The Work-Student Program has been suspended until further notice
Foreign Language Assistant Exchanges to Germany (Pädagogischer Austausch Dienst)
In co-operation with the German Pedagogical Exchange Office (PAD), the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German offers Canadian students positions as English-language assistants in the Federal Republic of Germany. The assistants spend 9 months at a school (starting in September) in Germany, working 12 hours per week as resource persons under the direction of teachers of English. They are expected to help with conversation and oral practice of English and should also be able to provide information about everyday life and culture in Canada. Students must have a very good command of German, be native or near-native speakers of English, should not be older than 29 years and will have completed a first degree (BAH) upon assuming the position. Applications are usually due middle of January. The application and other documents are to be picked up from the LLCU main office, Kingston Hall room 416.