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Germanic and Slavic Studies

In Germanic and Slavic studies, you’ll study language, culture and history. You’ll learn academic and professional skills that will let you live and work abroad. You’ll attend field schools and take international practicums. You’ll examine all aspects of culture, from film and literature to language and folklore. We use dynamic learning that encourages intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.

Our Master’s degree comes in three distinct streams: Germanic, Slavic, and our new Holocaust focus.

Degree programs offered

In this MA, you’ll focus on either our Germanic or Slavic studies steam. You’ll study under leading academics in a collaborative environment. We supervise thesis projects on literature, cultural history, second-language acquisition and film. In both streams, you’ll also have the opportunity to attend our I-Witness field school.

Our new Holocaust studies stream is a critical inquiry into the events that shaped the 20th century. This program seeks to keep that vital memory alive. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia and the stigmatization of the mentally and physically disabled communities.

You’ll complete either a thesis or a non-thesis based project. Both options have a required practicum component. This practicum can be completed at home or abroad in places like Berlin or Budapest. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend our I-Witness field school.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Germanic and Slavic culture
  • Second-language acquisition
  • Film studies
  • Modern literatures
  • Folklore
  • Ukrainian studies
  • Holocaust studies

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Charlotte Schallié

Chair of the Department, Professor Holocaust Studies, Germanic Studies, Memory Studies, Film, Graphic Novels, Visual Arts

Elena Pnevmonidou

Associate Professor Germanic Studies, Gender Studies, Romantic Aesthetic Theory

Helga Thorson

Associate Professor Holocaust Studies, Germanic Studies, Memory Studies, Archive Management, Modernist German Literature, Austrian Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Gender Studies, History of Medicine, Foreign Language Pedagogy

Julia Rochtchina

Associate Teaching Professor Slavic Studies, Russian Culture, Language Teaching

Matthew Pollard

Associate Teaching Professor Germanic Studies, Language Teaching, Film, Visual Arts

Megan Swift

Associate Professor Slavic Studies, Russian Literature, Visual Arts

Olga Pressitch

Assistant Teaching Professor Slavic Studies, Ukrainian Literature, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Film

Peter Gölz

Associate Professor Germanic Studies, German Literature, Technology-enhanced Language Learning, Vampire Studies

Serhy Yekelchyk

Professor Slavic Studies, Russian History, Stalinism, Ukrainian Culture, Film

Ulf Schuetze

Professor Germanic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Technology-enhanced Language Learning, Intercultural Communication

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: February 15 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7316.

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