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This section of the German to English Translation Online Directory lists universities in Canada where you can learn German and to translate German English.

In Canada, the majority of university language and translation courses appear to focus on the English<->French combination, almost to the exclusion of all other languages. This is particularly the case for universities in Quebec, and reflects Canada’s bilingual status. Not great if you plan to translate German English!

Where's the German?...

After English and French, Germans make up the largest ethnic group in Canada (10% according to Canada’s 2006 census), although their linguistic impact appears minimal. Many arrived from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, from the 18th century onwards. The Mennonites, fleeing religious persecution in Tsarist Russia, are perhaps the most visible group. Surnames (e.g. Justin Bieber) and place names (e.g. Hoffnungsau, Waldheim, Stettin) are the most tangible evidence of their arrival.

Translation Schools in Canada

CAST – the Canadian Association of Schools of Translation (also known as ACET – Association Canadienne des Écoles de Traduction - www.uottawa.ca/assocations/acet) – officially recognises translation courses offered by Canadian universities.

Universities in Canada who are CAST members and run German programmes are:

• University of Manitoba
• University of Regina

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An alternative route to becoming qualified to translate German English in Canada is by becoming a Certified Translator. The CTTIC (Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council) grants certification – for more details see www.cttic.ca.


University of Alberta

Faculty of Arts
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6

• German – minor, major
• German – BA Hons
• Translation – certificate *
• Germanic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics – MA, PhD
• Translation Studies – MA, PhD

*The certificate in translation is taken whilst studying for a major in German, but is not a professional qualification. It is intended as the basis for further training in the profession.

The Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies plays an integral role in promoting multilingual proficiency and intercultural understanding to prepare students for life and work as professionals in a global environment and as citizens in a multicultural society.
MLCS website

University of Calgary

Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4

• German classes
• Minor in German
• BA and BA Hons. in Germanic Studies
• MA in Germanic Studies

The programs in German....aim to provide students with the tools that will permit them to pursue with success that life-long challenge of learning a language and culture in this broad sense.
GSEA website

I’m afraid you can’t learn to translate German English at Calgary.

The University of Calgary adheres to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – developed by the Council of Europe to provide a framework outlining stages of language skills. It has 6 levels - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The CEFR has been adopted throughout Europe and worldwide.


The University of Manitoba

Faculty of Arts
Department of German and Slavic Studies
328 Fletcher Argue Bldg.
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2

• German – minor
• German – major (BA)
• German – BA Hons
• German – MA, PreMA

The program offers undergraduate and graduate classes at all levels of the German language and in German literature and culture between 1750 and today. The department’s specialty is German literature between 1933 and today, but the periods Enlightenment and Romanticism are also well represented.
University of Manitoba website

Again, Manitoba is a university listed by CAST as offering translation courses, but I only found these mentioned at the Faculty of Arts French Department, and none for anyone wanting to translate German English.

The Department of German and Slavic Studies also enables students to spend one or two semesters on student exchanges with The University of Greifswald and Trier University in Germany, plus a range of summer work programs and school programs.

The German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) helps with scholarships for student exchanges – see daad.org.


University of Toronto

Faculty of Arts & Science
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
3rd Floor, 50 St. Joseph Street
Toronto M5S 1J4

The department of German at utoronto offers:
• German – minor
• German studies in English - minor
• German Studies – BA Hons
• German Literature, Culture and Theory – MA, PhD

A student who is seriously interested in philosophy, physics, psychology, political science -- indeed in music, art history, or almost any academic discipline -- must eventually face the fact that she or he ought to know German. German is the language of Goethe and Schiller, too, and of Brecht, Hesse, Mann, Kafka, B•ll, and Grass, writers who have helped shape the way we see our world. German literature in itself is reason enough to study the language.
University of Toronto website

The University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies offers basic German classes, but unfortunately the translation certificate they offer is not available for German.


University of Regina

Faculty of Arts
3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, S4S 0A2.

• German - certificate
• German – minor and major
• German - BA

Although the University of Regina is listed as one of the CAST recognised translation schools, I can find no translation courses at Regina at all (if you can, please let me know!) However, they do encourage students wanting to study or work in Germany, through organisations such as:

• CSSG – Canadian summer school in Germany
• Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (Fremdsprachenassistentenprogramm) run by the EU
• Exchanges with the University of Applied Science in Bielefeld, Germany

Do you know of any other Canadian institutions running similar German language courses and translation degrees in Canada which are not on this list? Then please let us know. Thank you!

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