Have you ever thought of studying German?

How is it that the culture of German-speaking Europe has so profoundly influenced and shaped Western civilization through the centuries and into today? Can a liberal arts education be considered complete without an understanding of these influences?
The German Courses at StFX provide the opportunity for students to explore such questions and others in its language and culture courses. Here, students will encounter a culture of "poets and thinkers" as well as scientists, engineers, artists and great entrepreneurs.
They have the opportunity to experience German language and culture firsthand through study trip to Berlin and Stuttgart.

Modern Languages Department
- German Section -
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS Canada
B2G 2W5

Marlis Lade
Program Coordinator
Tel: (902) 867-5172

"A man who does not know foreign language is ignorant of his own."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



The German courses are designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of German language and culture skills.

Our courses provide them with basic communication skills to allow them to understand, speak and read on a basic level in contemporary situations.

At StFX we expose our student to the wide range of German culture and language

  • Through our Annual German Day at StFX with speakers from a wide range of expertise (Nova Scotia Symphony, SAP, BMW, Faber Castell, Georgetown University, Stuttgart University, Marine  Biology, Mercedes- Benz, Porsche….)
  • our annual study trip to Berlin or Stuttgart
  • our active German Society that organizes extracurricular activities like film  nights, Octoberfest, lectures
  • “Kaffee und Kuchen”  our weekly conversation classes



Many of you are probably asking yourselves „why learn German?“ “Why not learn French or Italian?“ When one looks at the facts, it becomes apparent the question should in actual fact be „why not learn German?“

German is the most spoken language in Europe. It is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg. There are therefore many opportunities for German speakers to find work or a place to live.

The German language is well represented in both written texts and on the Internet. One in ten books that are produced today are in German. Also, after .com, .de is the most used Internet domain in the world. Hence knowing German would be practical.

For business students it might be useful to know that Germany has the third largest economy in the world, and the largest in Europe. Job opportunities should therefore not be hard to come by.

Historically speaking, Germans are inventors. With prominent names such as Einstein, Hertz or Gütenberg, Germany should be on the top of science students lists when it comes to looking for work. Today Germany is one of the world leaders in research and development and would also be a prime location for IS students.

Germany is therefore not only a language of the past, but one of the future.

Alessio Marchionne
German 300
2010 - 2011