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The Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG) offers university-level language and culture studies in Kassel in a unique and intensive immersion program.

The CSSG is organized at Saint Mary’s University under the auspices of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and offers courses at almost beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels as well as a professional development course for in-service teachers, graduate TAs, and student-teachers. For 7 weeks, students participate in a full course (approximately 85 hours of classroom instruction) and in numerous additional activities: presentations at various museums, visits to theatres and operas, sporting events, excursions to cities with cultural and historical significance, and a four-day trip to Berlin.

The main feature of the program, though, is students’ rapid progress in linguistic skills enhanced mainly by the fact that they are immersed in and interacting directly with German life and culture.

In 2007 the CSSG Tandem Partner Project was launched, whereby Canadian students are matched with students from various disciplines at the University of Kassel to improve speaking skills in the students’ non-native language and share experiences about student life.

We offer seven courses:  

  • First-year (second-semester) German immersion (A2) 
  • Second-year German immersion (B1) 
  • Third-year German immersion (B2) 
  • Fourth-year German immersion (C1) 
  • Study-abroad Service Learning (for previous CSSG students only) 
  • German Community Service Learning (B2 and up) 
  • Teaching and Learning German (for graduate TAs, B.Ed. students, & in-service teachers). 

For further details, please click here.

If COVID-19 restrictions have to be re-applied, a virtual, international program will take place. Please note there is NO international differential fee for this program!   

Please contact Dr. John Plews, cssg@smu.ca, for further information.

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