Your degree in Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies

While exploring various subjects in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to explore various study abroad opportunities and acquire communicative abilities through the study of language and cultures from these regions. You’ll develop important skills while working with experts in media theory, film history, queer studies, migration studies, applied linguistics, and translation studies. 

These skills may include:

  • Language competency in German, Russian, Polish, Danish, and/or Swedish
  • Conducting research, examine and assess issues relevant to various regions and cultures of Central, Earstern and Northern Europe
  • Engaging with theoretical approaches and methodologies related to German, Slavic, and Scandinavian Studies
  • Thinking critically and analyse concepts while demonstrating intercultural awareness 
  • Written and verbal communications skills for different research platforms and formats 
  • Create and evaluate translation of original texts 
  • Public speaking and reasoning abilities that acknowledge different cultural perspectives and traditions

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, foreign service, business, non-profit, translation, journalism, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.




Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director


Content editor


Cultural anthropologist

Cultural consultant

Cultural program coordinator


Digital humanities specialist




Environmental consultant

Event planner

Fact checker

Film critic

Foreign service officer


Government official

Heritage interpreter


Historical site guide

Human rights officer

Immigration officer

International development worker



Language instructor



Library director


Media/Information consultant

Media correspondent

Media historian

Media relations officer

Museum administrator

Museum educator

News analyst



Policy advisor

Public relations coordinator


Records technician

Regional development analyst

Research assistant

Social policy researcher

Social program director

Speech coach

Speech writer


Tourism industry consultant



Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Departmental events
Network with CENES students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

CENES co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Connect with alumni from CENES
Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies alumni have a long history of individual achievements and collective success. Contact the department to learn more about who they are and how to get connected.

Go Global
Explore opportunities for CENES students to study foreign languages and cultures abroad.

German Student Library and German Book Club
Make new friends, join a book club, and find great reading recommendations.

UBC’s German Corner blog
Discover educational resources, scholarships, events, and study abroad opportunities.

UBC German Club
Join others interested in German language and culture for a variety of conversation opportunities and activities. 

UBC Polish Club
Get involved in social gatherings, conversations, and other events that promote Polish traditions, culture and language.

UBC Russian Cultural Community
Discover opportunities to explore Russian traditions and values through social, educational, and language learning events.

UBC Scandinavian and Nordic Cultural Association
Meet other students with an interest in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Nordic region.

Outside-In: International Photojournal
Contribute to UBC’s only peer and faculty reviewed student publication for photojournalism.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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