German at UPEI

Roughly 2.5 million people in Canada have a common ethnic German heritage and language background. After English and French, the German ethnic group is the third-largest and the third-oldest European ethnic group in Canada. About 120 million people are native speakers of German.

Germany itself with its 81,000,000 inhabitants has the largest number of people of any country in the European community; and is economically the strongest nation in Europe. With the opening of Eastern Europe, the German language has gained prominence as a lingua franca in this region.

German is not presently taught in P.E.I.'s high schools, UPEI presents the only opportunity for learning this language. This means that students wishing to study German start with 101 which demands no prior background in the language. Those who have had some contact with the language either through exchanges, family background, or travel may enter at a higher level (1020, 2010, 2020, etc.). Courses designated 1010-1020 or 2010-2020 are basically language courses, while courses above these levels focus mainly on cultural studies.

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Course Structure

Please note: Admission to, and declaration of, the Major in German and the Minor in German has been suspended.

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.



Requirements for a Major in German

Under the supervision of the Department, a student is allowed to major in German if he/she shows a high level of interest and competency in the subject and intends to cover the minimum requirement of 42 semester hours.

This would be done under the approval of a Departmental Committee and the Dean of Arts after all courses taken or intended to be taken, at UPEI or another Canadian or foreign institution, have been considered.

A major consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of German.


Students must include at least 12 semester hours in a modern language or modern languages other than German. Students should discuss these courses or other alternatives with the Chair of Modern Languages as early as possible.




Requirements for a Minor in German

A minor in German consists of 21 semester hours of courses in the following sequence:

12 semester hours:
German 1010/1020 Introductory
German 2010/2020 Intermediate

At least 9 semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in German, at least 6 semester hours must be taken at UPEI at the upper level.

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