Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Courses at the
Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur (KSK)

Overview

  1. Who is eligible to attend the courses?
  2. What courses are there?
  3. When and where do the courses take place?
  4. How much does a course cost?
  5. How to apply?
  6. How can I get a visa?
  7. How can I find accommodation?
  8. What is my status while attending the courses?

1. Who is eligible to attend the courses?

At the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur (KSK) of the International Study Centre (ISZ) of Heidelberg University, you can obtain the German language proficiency that is required to study at German universities. You can apply if you

  • are planning to study at a German university and have a direct university entrance qualification ("direkte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung/HZB")

    This is your route:
    (1) You attend our German language courses, typically up to level C1, and then take the →DSH exam with us.
    (2) You start your degree programme at a German university (e.g. →Heidelberg University). - Please refer to the relevant university in due time to find out about the procedure of admission and the prerequisites of your intended degree programme.
  • are planning to study at a German university and have an indirect university entrance qualification ("indirekte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung/HZB"), i.e. without direct university access

    This is your route:
    (1) You attend our German language courses, typically up to level B2.
    (2) You attend a Studienkolleg (e.g. the →Studienkolleg of Heidelberg University) and complete it by taking the Assessment Examination ("Feststellungsprüfung"; →Assessment Examination at the Studienkolleg of Heidelberg University). - Please refer to the relevant university in due time to find out about the procedure of admission and the prerequisites of the Studienkolleg as well as your intended degree programme.
    (3) You start your degree programme at a German university (e.g. →Heidelberg University).

You can use the anabin online service (German language only) to check whether you have a direct or indirect university entrance qualification: Click “Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang” → “Suchen” → select the country of your diploma/certificate → select your diploma/certificate.


Do you need to learn German not for university studies in Germany but for a job or for other reasons? If so, you should contact a private language school. A list of schools located in Heidelberg is a available →here (without claim of completeness or correctness).

2. What courses are there?

The Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur offers German language courses at all levels - starting with absolute beginners' courses for students with no prior knowledge of German (CEFR A1) up to DSH preparation courses for advanced learners (CEFR C1). If you apply successfully, you will first take a →Placement Test. This test determines the course you will be starting with:

Basic Level 1 (CEFR A1) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction
Basic Level 2 (CEFR A2) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction
Basic Level 3 (CEFR A2.2-B1.1) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction
Intermediate Level 1 (CEFR B1) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction
Intermediate Level 2 (CEFR B2) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction
Advanced Level (CEFR C1 = DSH preparation course) 20 classes per week of general German language instruction

+ 4 classes per week of oral communication training and preparation for the oral examination

 

3. When and where do the courses take place?

3.1 Dates


  Changes of date due to the coronavirus:
Please regularly check our →
homepage for announcements of new dates and further information!
 


Couses in the summer semester 2021
obligatory →Placement Test Tue, Apr 06 2021 08:30 am Neue Universität, lecture halls
announcement of the test results Thu, Apr 08 2021 20:00 pm online
beginning of classes
Tue Apr 13 2021 09:00 am online
DSH, written exam Fri Jul 02 2021 08:30 am Studienkolleg building, great hall
DSH, oral exam Thu Jul 08 2021 01:00 pm Max-Weber-Haus
→final day of classes Fri Jul 23 2021
Courses in the winter semester 2020-21
obligatory →Placement Test Mon, Oct 26 2020 8:30 am Neue Universität, lecture halls
announcement of the test results Tue, Oct 27 2020 by 10:00 pm via e-mail notification
first day of classes Tue, Nov 03 2020 09:00 am Max-Weber-Haus
no classes Dec 21 2020 to Jan 08 2021
DSH, written exam Fri, Feb 12 2021 08:30 am Studienkolleg building, great hall
DSH, oral exam Thu, Feb 18 2021 01:00 pm Max-Weber-Haus
final day of classes Fri, Feb 26 2021 Max-Weber-Haus
  

3.2 Class times

  
general German language instruction: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm,
in summer semesters for advanced-level courses in part also in the afternoon
additional advanced-level elective courses: usually two classes (90 min) on two days in the afternoon

3.3 Usual location


Max-Weber-Haus, Ziegelhäuser Landstrasse 17, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany (→map)

4. How much does a course cost?

There are two distinct routes leading to our German language courses. How much you will have to pay depends on the route you take:

(A) You apply directly with the International Study Centre for a place on the German language courses. (B) You apply with Heidelberg University for a place on an undergraduate degree programme (e.g. medicine, history, ...) in connection with a preceding German course.
If you apply successfully, the following costs will arise:

(1) course fee:
€ 1200.00 per semester *

(1) course fee:
€ 500.00 per semester


(2) university fees:
current fees


(2) university fees:
current fees

* The course fee must be paid completely via bank transfer before the start of the courses. Successful applicants will receive more detailed information on the payment procedure with their letters of admission from the ISZ.

5. How to apply?

You can apply

  • either (A) directly with International Study Centre exclusively for the German language courses at the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur

  • or (B) with Heidelberg University for a place on a degree programme in connection with a preceding German language course at the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur

Please note:

  • The number of German course places available for applicants for a degree programme (B) is very limited.
  • You cannot apply with both the ISZ for the German language course (A) and Heidelberg University for a place on a degree programme in connection with a preceding German language course (B) for the same semester.
  • You can apply for a course only during the relevant application period:
📫 Application period

courses
winter
2020-21
(A) application to ISZ:

May 15 2020 - Aug 20 2020 *

(B) application to university:

The relevant →deadlines for applications for places on degree programmes apply.

courses
summer
2021
(A) application to ISZ:

Nov 15 2020 - Jan 15 2021 *

application for a Vorprüfungsdokumentation with uni-assist:
by Dec 31.

We will be sending our decision to you around the end of February.
(B) application to university:

The relevant →deadlines for applications for places on degree programmes apply.
  * Receipt of the application at the ISZ. Please also note the informationbelow.

(A) Application directly with the ISZ for the German language courses (B) Application with Heidelberg University for a degree programme in connection with a preceding German language course
You have to apply directly with us at the ISZ. Please note the information on the two information sheets and the application form: You have to apply with Heidelberg University. Click below to go on:
Information sheet on the regular German language course at the KSK
Information sheet on uni-assist e.V.
Application form

Our Address (→ map):

Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur
Ziegelhäuser Landstrasse 17
69120 Heidelberg
Germany


For questions about how to apply, please contact the service portal of Heidelberg University:

Phone: +49 6221 54-5454
E-mail: studium@uni-heidelberg.de 

6. How can I get a visa?

To enter Germany and learn German at the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur, you will normally need a visa, unless there are specific regulations for your country. If you apply successfully directly with the ISZ for our regular German language course, you will receive a letter of admission from us. With that document you can apply for the required visa. Please understand that the ISZ cannot interfere with visa proceedings.

For more information on visa regulations, click here:

7. How can I find accommodation?

It is not easy to quickly find reasonably priced accommodation in Heidelberg. So start looking for it as soon as possible.
The ISZ itself does not offer accommodation or related services. You can, however, apply for accommodation with the Studierendenwerk Heidelberg, even before being admitted to the German courses. To go on, click here:

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8. What is my status while attending the courses?

As a student learning German at the Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur, you will have to enrol at Heidelberg University once the courses have started. You will then be an official university student and receive a student identity card.

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This will allow you to

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