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University of Toronto and Germany

  • The University of Toronto has a long-standing history of engagement with Germany. The teaching of German dates back to 1865, when U of T became home to the first Department of German in North America. Today, Germany is U of T’s 3rd largest research collaborator internationally, with deep links across disciplines such as neuroscience, oncology, biochemistry and molecular biology, nanotechnology, materials science, chemistry, biotechnology, and renewable energy. U of T has student exchange agreements in place with two of Germany’s top-ranked institutions – Heidelberg University and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). U of T is also part of an ‘integrated Max Planck Department’, with labs in U of T’s Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Hamburg’s Centre for Free Electron Laser Science.

    Please note: The country and institutional pages provide but a snapshot of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions, and communities around the world.

    • U of T is privileged to have a unique relationship with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD; German Academic Exchange Service), a German national agency that promotes Germany as both an academic and research destination. U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs houses Canada’s only DAAD Information Centre. Generous funding provided by the DAAD helps send as many as two dozen students from U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science to several German locales every year. Support from DAAD also affords U of T faculty and students the annual opportunity to engage with a senior German scholar through the Hannah Arendt DAAD Visiting Professorship.
    • The Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) between DAAD and the Faculty of Arts & Science supports research and scholarship in German and European studies at U of T. The initiative offers dissertation fellowships and research and travel grants for graduate students, faculty and graduate student exchanges with German universities, and summer research projects for senior undergraduate students in German and European Studies.
    • The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) is one of North America’s leading academic institutes for the study of the member states of the European Union, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. It sponsors undergraduate and graduate degree programs, hosts several post-doctoral scholars, and organizes a number of regionally focused conferences and seminars. An annual highlight is the Toronto Conference on Germany – an event comprised of expert panels that examine the state of the union in Germany as well as the relationship between Germany and Canada.
    • U of T and Goethe University Frankfurt have enjoyed collaboration through DAAD’s Strategic Partnerships program, in which U of T is the only Canadian university. Successful projects include: The University and the City Joint Conferences, the Frankfurt Summer School student exchange, and funded research in Linguistics, Jewish Religious Philosophy, and Marine Proxy (Climate).
    • U of T’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures continues to combine traditional strength in literary and intellectual history with active research in German cinema, critical theory, language pedagogy, medieval studies, travel literature, as well as postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and transnational studies.
    • For faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at the Faculty of Arts & Science, the German/European Research and Study Fund promotes innovative programming, course-based enrichment, and research initiatives that support activities with a clear German/European component.
    • Following the successful grant application for Erasmus+, the European Union’s mobility program, the LMU has funding available for faculty/staff mobility from U of T to travel to LMU before March 2017.
    • Professor Pia Kleber at U of T’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies organizes biannual study tours of Germany for graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Since 2001, U of T has offered a Summer Abroad program in Berlin. Over 600 students have participated so far.
    • For undergraduate student mobility, the Centre for International Experience offers information and resources on exchange opportunities between U of T and German universities

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Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


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