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Graduate Studies

Applications received by February 1st will be considered in the first round of selections; however applications received at other times will be considered as well. 

Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world. Cervantes’ Don Quixote (1605), Garci­a Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), and Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits (1985) are three of the most read novels today. Pablo Picasso’s and Salvador Dali’s paintings have shaped modern art. The current impact of Spanish and Latin American music and cinematography is more than obvious.

Italian Studies

At the University of Guelph students can take courses in Italian language through the advanced level as well as courses in Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary Italian literature. U of G students may decide to pursue Italian for any number of reasons, ranging from an interest in the Arts (fine art, music, literature) to a desire to work with Italian industries (tourism, fashion, interior or graphic design, commerce). Some students will be interested in Italian because of family and heritage connections.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

German Studies

German is spoken by more Europeans than any other language: it is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and is very helpful when traveling in parts of Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Eastern Europe. Germany, Switzerland and Austria have made vital contributions to every aspect of culture.

European Studies

The growth in transnational and transcontinental connectedness has emphasized the need for a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach to culture, society, history, politics, and trade, and has created a demand for graduates with language and management knowledge and overseas experience, particularly in Europe. Our program in European Studies will prepare you for a career in Canadian-European relations.

Études françaises

Bienvenue au département d’études françaises à l’Université de Guelph


Welcome to French Studies at the University of Guelph

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You will find information about the academic and cultural aspects of our program on this site. Should you require more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

European Studies

The European Studies program is designed for students who seek a career in International Relations – especially in International Business and Administration – between Canada and Europe. It offers a combination of languages, specially designed courses in European thought, letters and history, a specialization in either European Business or European Culture and Civilization, and an opportunity to study abroad.

Major/Minor Requirements

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Classical Studies and Languages

Classical Studies

Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto . . . (I am human; I think nothing human foreign to me . . .) ~ Terence

Undergraduate Studies

Students have the opportunity to learn a language they have never studied or to build on their existing language skills. Those pursuing majors and minors in SoLaL can choose courses with content ranging from literary and cultural studies to business applications to linguistics and second language acquisition.