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Academic Relations

The Canadian government promotes the study of Canada abroad and the mobility of students and researchers to come to Canada.
The Association for Canadian Studies in German speaking countries (GKS) is the third largest Canadian Studies Association worldwide (after the USA and India). The annual GKS meeting takes place every February in Grainau (near Munich). There are 23 Canadian Studies Centres in Germany and Austria. Canadian Studies are also taught at Swiss universities. Altogether, there are more than 400 exchange programs between German and Canadian institutions of higher education. In June 2006, Canada and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strenghten youth exchanges between the two countries and ease administrative procedures.

Every year, over 2,200 German students go to Canada for a full academic year or high school year. Many more students travel to Canada for a short term study, research or internship.

Academic relations is an important component of Canada's relationship with Germany. It is articulated through the following initiatives:

The Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS)

In Germany the scholarly study of Canada dates back to the 19th century. German geographers, historians, economists and scholars of literature dealt with Canadian topics intermittently in the first half of our century. In 1975 Canada and Germany signed a cultural agreement. Shortly after, the Department of Foreign Affairs launched specific promotional measures to encourage Canadian Studies. Founded in 1980, the Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS) comprises over 600 members and is the third-largest Canadian Studies organization outside Canada. Members are recruited among students, school teachers, librarians, university professors, from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada and a number of other European countries.

Annual Canadian Studies Conference

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries conference which takes place annually in Grainau, Germany, attracts many Canadians from different disciplines.

RISE Undergraduate Program by DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to offer - in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany - undergraduate students from the US and Canada in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany. RISE summer placements are provided by German university research groups where the trainee will cooperate with a doctoral student and assist him/her in his/her experimental work. This program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour as part of the European Recovery Program (ERP).

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