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Why McGill?

Over the years, McGill University has earned an international reputation as a preeminent institution of higher education. This year, Macleans Magazine ranked McGill at #1 among Canadian universities offering doctoral and medical degrees. The Times Higher Education Supplement also awarded McGill the distinction of the best university in Canada, while ranking us #14 in North America and in the top fifteen worldwide in the humanities, placing us ahead of universities like University of Pennsylvania, Duke and UCLA in the United States, the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in France, University of Tokyo, Amsterdam University and the Free University in Berlin. German majors at McGill will also enjoy the interaction with a diverse and gifted group of colleagues. McGill boasts the highest percentage of international students of any Canadian university, and our incoming undergraduates have the highest grade point average of any group in Canada.

German Studies seeks to build on this excellence and take full advantage of McGill’s unique situation. Conceiving of German Studies as part of a broader body of research in the Humanities and European Studies, we work closely with other faculty in programs such as Arts Legacy and the Institute for European Studies. We also encourage students to draw on the extraordinary wide-ranging courses offered by McGill’s exceptional faculty beyond the department.

German Studies also connects its students to the world of German Academics by hosting regular conferences and events, inviting visiting scholars, artists and writers in German Studies from all over the world. In addition, we encourage our students to gain worldly experience and perfect their language abilities by studying abroad. McGill has regular exchange programs with the Universities of Tübingen and Freiburg, and the Office of Study Abroad can also help students wishing to attend other German and Austrian universities.