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Learning German

Knowing the language will provide you with access not just to all of the University’s resources, but also to our culture and history. For many disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, German will be essential. This is why we are offering specific classes in Academic German and Academic Writing.

German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF)

The Language Learning Center (Sprachlernzentrum) at the Institut für Sprach-, Medien- und Musikwissenschaft (Abteilung Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachlernzentrum) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities provides, in addition to classes in “Wissenschaftssprache und wissenschaftliches Schreiben” (academic German and academic writing), general advising on languages that takes place every Thursday from 10-12 AM in Room 3.073, Am Hof 1. This is where students can get initial help in case of difficulties with various aspects of the German language.

Additional opportunities for learning German can be found on the pages of the International Office.

DSH – German Language Proficiency Test for Admission to Higher Education

Many international applicants must pass a language test before they can register and begin their studies. The following pages provide information on the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DHS)".


Once you have passed the DSH, you can participate in life at the university. If you would like to learn the language in its special and finer points so that you can handle everyday life better, working in a so-called Sprachtandem can be very useful. Here, you can practice the language for certain situations, or receive explanations if you are struggling with colloquial language. And at the same time, you may make a new friend. Work in the tandem is based on the principle of learning and teaching. While you are improving your German, your tandem partner will be learning your language.
The Sprachlernzentrum has a list of all Sprachtandems looking for an international partner. Here is where you can request registration: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] and the current list of language partners: Liste der Sprachpartner (