The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint project of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). Since 2007 it is informing students, researchers and the community at large about the rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe and Germany post 1945.


June 7, 2022 – Conference: Russia Ukraine War as a Defining Moment in European History: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

SAVE THE DATE – The Russia-Ukraine War as a Defining Moment in European History: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead” – June 7, 2022

The HCGES invites to our conference focusing on the recent and highly relevant topic “The Russia-Ukraine War as a Defining Moment in European History: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead”.

We will hold an academic panel on the war in Ukraine and its implications for the future of Europe. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with representatives of European Embassies on “Quo Vadis, Pax Europea?”, which will focus on the biggest challenges for Europe at the moment and on the opportunities arising from this unprecedented crisis.

If you want to take part in this event, please contact


14th March 2022:

In their article “Akademische Solidarität“, the Jüdische Allgemeine reports on our Ukraine Emergency Fellowship.

MA in German & European Studies
The HCGES is offering a MA Program in Modern German and European Studies. The courses take place in English. The goal of the course is to widen the knowledge of the students about Germany and about Europe. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes different fields of study. These include the subjects of economics, law, political science, geography, environmental science, sociology, history and literature, as well as German as a foreign language. In addition, weekly seminars with internationally renowned guest lecturers round out the range of courses. A highlight is the annual study tour. Numerous scholarships are available.

German Language Classes

Every semester the HCGES offers German courses with different levels and intensities. Our courses are open to students and faculty members of the University of Haifa as well as to the general public. Class sizes are small, and our instructors are native German speakers who teach primarily in German. Our courses focus on improving  students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The courses are taught according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2).

Events at the Center

During the semester, the HCGES organizes academic conferences, workshops and lectures which are open to all university students as well as to the public. Our most regular forum is the HCGES Colloqium, which takes place on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and to which are invited Israeli and internationally-based lecturers on current German and European topics. Our last academic conference focused on populism, decarbonization strategies and European integration. The upcoming themes for the academic year 2020/21 are COVID 19 and Conspiracy Theories and COVID 19 and European Solidarity.

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