General information for international students  


German for your studies at Leipzig University

You have various options to develop your knowledge of German in Leipzig before and during your course of study. The following options are available to you:

Preparatory German courses
Language and orientation course (for ERASMUS and exchange students)
German courses concurrent with degree courses
Intercultural Communication - German for non-native speakers (module SQ 30 Intercultural Communication - German for Non-native Speakers)

Preparatory German courses

Saxony Preparatory Courses

Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses) offers a comprehensive range of courses to international students who have a reserved place at institutions of higher education in the Free State of Saxony and are planning to take a full degree course in Germany:

These comprise: 

  • courses leading to the Feststellungsprüfung (entrance examination)
  • courses leading to the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber/DSH (German Language University Entrance Examination)

Admission requirements are the Abitur (A-levels) or a secondary school certificate from the student’s home country which has been recognised as equivalent, together with the acceptance for a degree course at Leipzig University. To be accepted for any language courses, students must pass an entrance test held by Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses).

interDaF e.V.

Alternatively, interDaF e.V. provides German language courses at varying levels of the European Framework of Languages. Some serve as a preparation for the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber/DSH (German Language University Entrance Examination). 

Language and orientation course (for ERASMUS and exchange students)

Exchange students may register for a three-week language and orientation course that takes place prior to the semester start. To participate you should have German language proficiency at level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages. 

There is a limited number of places in the course, so you should decide quickly. To register you can use the online application for exchange students. Your registration can be considered as long as there are free places available and your application documents have been submitted to the Akademisches Auslandsamt (International Centre) in full. An application does not automatically entitle applicants to be placed on the list of participants.

When you receive your Zulassungsbescheid (Letter of Admission), you will be informed whether you can attend the course or not. Exchange students who take part in the language and orientation course will enrol at Leipzig University in September.

Materials fee: currently 105 euro

The materials fee for the language and orientation course must be paid in cash on the day of enrolment. Please let Christiane Schmidt know immediately if you wish to withdraw your application.

If you cancel:

  • there is no cancellation charge for cancellation up to four weeks in advance
  • 50% of the materials fee if you cancel fourteen days in advance
  • thereafter: 100% of the materials fee
  • Exceptions: medical certificate or similar

Programme:

Programme for the language and orientation course

German courses concurrent with degree courses

Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses) offers international students at Universität Leipzig the opportunity to perfect their knowledge of German while studying.

You will find current events and a course catalogue on the website of Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses)

Courses offered include:

  • Subject-oriented courses: German for students of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, Business Communication and German for lawyers
  • Language practice for students of all subjects
  • Conversation courses for students of all subjects (basic course and advanced courses)
  • Courses in the production of written text for students of all subjects (basic course and advanced courses)
  • Language practice with the focus on grammar exercises (basic and advanced courses)
  • Language practice with the focus on German pronunciation (phonetics)

You must enrol to participate in the courses, but before you can do this you must sit a grading test. You will find the dates for the grading test and enrolment for the courses on the Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses) website.

Intercultural communication - German for non-native speakers

As a degree-seeking student at Leipzig University you have the option of taking the key qualification module SQ 30 Interkulturelle Kommunikation Deutsch für Nichtmuttersprachler (SQ 30 Intercultural Communication - German for Non-native Speakers).

The aim of the course is to consolidate and improve your knowledge of the German language as a foreign language to Level C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), to carry out academic and practical discussions on the topics of interculturality and intercultural communication, and to impart the basics of academic work at a German university.

You will find detailed information on the modular organisation and an application form in the module description (in German).


last update: 06.01.2014 
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