Faculty, staff and students on the stairs

This is us. Welcome!

MA alumna Chorong Kim

A vibrant community of graduate students

Our programs let you explore critical topics and build your own skill sets. MA alumna Chorong Kim is now an award-winning creator of documentaries about the issues she was discussing in class.

Graduate studies
Alumna Caroline Riedel among artifacts in the University of Victoria Art Collections

Unique career paths

Alumna Caroline Riedel is now the curator at the University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery.

Career possibilities
Professor Peter Golz pulling a book off a shelf

Research in action

Discover how Germanic and Slavic studies can be applied to a broad range of topics. Dr. Peter Gölz is immersed in the study of vampires as a cultural phenomenon.

Our research
An illustration depicting the arrival of the recipients of the Ukraine Emergency Student fellows at UVic, by Ukrainian-born and -based visual artist Oksana Drachsovska.

Ukraine Emergency Doctoral Fellowship

The Ukraine Emergency Doctoral Student Fellowship in the Humanities is a one-year visiting research fellowship of at least $40,000 that is awarded to an academically outstanding PhD student who, at the time of application, is enrolled at any Ukrainian university in a doctoral program in the Humanities. Artwork by Ukrainian-born visual artist Oksana Drachsovska.

Ukraine Fellowship
GERU faculty, staff and student at the rainbow crosswalk

Over the rainbow

Crossing the road
Young students of the Victoria Russian School

Supporting our community

We support language learning in our community and offer volunteer opportunities for students by hosting local Russian and German schools.


German, Russian and Ukrainian Languages and Cultures

Germanic and Slavic Studies categorically condemns the unprovoked attack of Russia on sovereign Ukraine. We deplore the unconscionable loss of civilian life, the displacement of millions of Ukrainians and the on-going humanitarian crisis. We denounce the actions of the Russian state and those who support it, inside and outside of Russia, and we recognize the bravery with which thousands of Russians have spoken out against the war. In a time of deepening divisions, we are grateful for the strength and unity of the many, be they Canadian, Ukrainian, Russian or other, who oppose the criminal actions of the Russian government. We stand with Ukraine and its heroic defenders. 

In solidarity with our Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian colleagues, students and community members, we would like to ask you to support the efforts of organizations working to help Ukrainians during this crisis.

Donations can be made through the links to their websites:

Canadian Red Cross

UNICEF Canada Ukraine campaign

Canada-Ukraine Foundation

With gratitude,

Germanic and Slavic Studies 

Whether you want to build your language and cultural skills or prepare to live and work abroad, Germanic and Slavic studies can help you understand your place in the world.

Germanic and Slavic Studies was the perfect place for me to learn, explore, and grow over the course of my Master's. While I was in the Slavic Stream, I was fortunate enough to also gain a deeper understanding of German culture, German thinkers, and Holocaust memory, and work with scholars from Hungary, Germany, France, and Israel, in addition to my own research on  Jewish-Russian life. This interdisciplinary and international, hands-on collaboration is part of what makes the department so special. My education did not end at the walls of the classroom or the boundaries of Ring Road, and for that I will always be grateful.
— Ethan Calof, MA in Slavic Studies (2019)

Our programs promote critical inquiry, engage multiple voices and inspire creative expression.

We offer language courses in German, Russian and Ukrainian, and we explore film, literature and cultural studies that introduce you to the histories, cultures and current events of Germanic and Slavic countries. 

Find your edge in Germanic and Slavic Studies at UVic



We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Wir würdigen, ehren und respektieren das lək̓ʷəŋən Volk, auf dessen traditionellem und nicht abgetretenem Territorium der Campus der University of Victoria liegt, und die Songhees, Esquimalt und W̱SÁNEĆ Völker, deren historische Beziehungen mit dem Land bis heute fortwähren.  

Мы выражаем своё признание и уважение народам lək̓ʷəŋən, на традиционной неуступленной территории которых расположен наш университет, а также народам Songhees, Esquimalt и W̱SÁNEĆ, чьи исторические связи с этой землёй продолжаются по сей день.

Ми визнаємо і висловлюємо повагу народові lək̓ʷəŋən, на чиїй традиційній невідступленій території розташовано наш університет, а також народам Songhees, Esquimalt та WSÁNEĆ, чий історичний зв’язок з цією землею триває до сьогодні.