Master's Program in Intercultural German Studies

Program ambassador

Paula Riese has short blonde hair and laughs into the camera. She wears glasses and a blue and white striped blouse.

Hi, I’m Paula Riese and I’ve been enrolled in the joint degree program in Intercultural German Studies at the University of Mannheim and the University of Waterloo in Canada since the fall semester 2022. Do you have any questions about the program or about studying on two continents? I’m happy to answer them.

Paula Riese, program ambassador for the master’s program in Intercultural German Studies / Credit: Katrin Glückler

Why I chose this program

The master’s program in Intercultural German Studies allows you to experience student life at two universities, to look at the German language and literature from various perspectives, and to gain insights into another culture. Studying in two languages and two cultures also enables you to improve your English skills along the way.

I already completed my bachelor’s degree in German Studies at the University of Mannheim and wanted to continue there, but I also wanted to do a program with an interdisciplinary approach. The opportunity of studying ‘my’ discipline at a Canadian university for one year, and concluding my master’s with a double degree from a German and a Canadian university made it easy for me to choose this program. For students of German Studies, in particular, it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Studying at the University of Mannheim

  • What’s special about the program?

    What’s special about the master’s program is that you study both in Canada and in Mannheim, which provides new perspectives on German Studies.

    Additionally, the fact that there are only few people in the program creates a friendly environment and a good student-to-faculty ratio. The University of Mannheim also offers a variety of courses in literary studies and linguistics, which enables you to specialize in the areas you like most.

    During the year abroad in Canada you get the opportunity to experience student life at a Canadian university. The small school also ensures a great student-to-faculty ratio. Students are also encouraged to get a taste of a career in academia by doing a compulsory Knowledge Transfer Project. This can be a presentation during a conference, a review of a textbook, or a paper for an academic journal.

  • Extracurricular activities

    Both Mannheim and Waterloo have much to offer to students. In Mannheim, you can join numerous student organizations and the departmental student committees. In Waterloo, there are also many student clubs.

    Both universities offer a variety of sports, so everyone can find something they like.

    Most people often underestimate the City of Mannheim. In fact, there are many cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions, which make Mannheim worth living in, particularly for students.

After graduation

  • Academia

    Once you have earned the master’s degree you can pursue a doctorate. The joint degree enables you to do a doctorate both in Germany and in Canada, or in North America to be exact.

  • Career opportunities

    Many people believe that it’s difficult to find a job with a degree in the humanities. With a master's degree, particularly a joint degree that is recognized both in Canada and in Germany, this prejudice can simply be abandoned. You can work in many different sectors, for example, in cultural institutes such as the Goethe-Institut, in publishing companies, in communication departments, or as a journalist. With the master's degree you’re also well prepared to start an academic career at a university.

What you need to know

  • Spending a year abroad

    When making a decision, you should take into account the fact of studying abroad for one year. The experience you gain in Canada is one of a kind. However, being separated from your friends and family for a year is not always easy. 

    Another aspect you have probably thought about already is money. Studying abroad is not cheap, but there are many funding options. In general, the university provides financial means for students studying abroad, such as the DAAD scholarship or jobs at the University of Waterloo. You can also increase your budget by doing a paid internship during the summer in Canada.

Further information

Would you like to learn more about the program in Intercultural German Studies at the University of Mannheim?
Then have a look at the program description:

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Program ambassador for the master's degree in Intercultural German Studies