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
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

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.

The Germanic and Slavic Studies Department 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 UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies