International applicants  

International
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German for your studies at Leipzig University

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

Learning German before starting to study:
Saxony Preparatory Courses
interDaF e.V.

Training German while studying:
Saxony Preparatory Courses
Intercultural communication - German for non-native speakers (SQ 30)
UniSpracheDeutsch - German as an academic language
Learning German autonomously or through the "tandem"-format

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). 

Studienkolleg Sachsen - German language classes

Studienkolleg Sachsen (Saxony Preparatory Courses) offers international students of 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:

  • 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.

UniSpracheDeutsch/German as an academic language

UniSpracheDeutsch by Leipzig University's Academic Lab is directed at students of Universität Leipzig and comprises a series of regular workshops, courses as well as individual counselling and information. The programme aims at helping international students aquire a sound proficiency of German as an academic language. Students of Leipzig University can participate free of charge.

Intercultural communication - German for non-native speakers (SQ 30)

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).

Learning German autonomously or through the "tandem"-format

UL students of all study programmes have the option of participating in so-called autonomous and tandem modules offered by the University's Language Centre. You can select among a range of languages to improve through these modules, one being German as a Foreign Language. The modules are free of charge. In contrast to common foreign language courses, module participants do not attend classes but rather receive instructions and advice on how to train a foreign language on their own. Upon successful completion of a module, students are awarded credit points.


last update: 10.11.2016 

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