University of Heidelberg

Semester Courses for Exchange and Master's Degree Students at Heidelberg University

Overview

  1. Who can join the courses?
  2. What courses are offered?
  3. When and where do the courses take place?
  4. What are the course fees?
  5. How to register?
  6. Further questions (FAQ)
Max-Weber-Haus: Blick aufs Schloss

1. Who can join the courses?

Our Semester Courses are offered to international

  • exchange students on the ERASMUS and 4EU+ programmes at Heidelberg University
  • exchange students on bilateral programmes at Heidelberg University
  • Master's degree students at Heidelberg University.

If you are an international visiting scholar or a doctoral student at Heidelberg University, please register for the course programme specifically designed for you. For further information, please click here.

2. What courses are offered?

General German
Semester Courses
Subject-specific German
Semester Courses
Our General German courses provide comprehensive language training (grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, conversation, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing) in conjunction with useful information on German culture and practical advice for studying at Heidelberg University. Our Subject-specific German courses are targeted at helping you expand both your language and subject proficiency in a given field of study.
We typically offer courses for all CEFR levels (A1.1 up to C2 / post-DSH). For most levels, you will be able to choose between two course types:


(a) standard courses with 4 classes per week:
4x 45min/week ≈ appr. 50 classes per semester

(b) intensive courses with 8 classes per week:
8x 45min/week ≈ appr. 100 classes per semester
-- currently not offered --

Admission is dependent on a course-specific
minimum entrance level. The individual courses are offered in the form of either 2 or 4 classes per week (2x 45min/week or 4x 45min/week).

Courses offered:

  • Basic Level
    - Basic 1: A1.1, A1.2
    - Basic 2: A2.1, A2.2
    for students with no or little prior knowledge of German
  • Intermediate Level
    - Intermediate 1: B1.1, B1.2
    - Intermediate 2: B2.1, B2.2
    for students with proper basic knowledge of German
  • Advanced Level
    = level C1
    for students with a highly advanced German language proficiency aiming to improve their competence in dealing with academic German. Advanced-level students will be given the opportunity to take the →German Language Examination for University Entrance ("DSH") at the end of the course.
  • Competence Level
    = level C2 / post-DSH
    for very advanced students who have already passed the DSH or a similar examination
  • DSH Prep Course
    = level C1
    for students with an advanced German language proficiency aiming to prepare specifically for the DSH (only as an intensive course with 8 classes per week)

Courses offered:

  • Visual Arts and Language
    B2, 2 classes
  • The Political System of Germany
    B2, 2 classes
  • German for Law Students
    B2, 4 classes
  • German in Films
    B2/C1, 4 classes
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    B1, 4 classes
  • German for Medicine/Biology
    B2, 2 classes
  • German for Economics/Business
    - Course 1: ≥ B1, 2 classes
    - Course 2: ≥ B2, 4 classes
  • Creative Writing
    - Course 1: A2.2, 4 classes
    - Course 2: B1, 4 classes
    - Course 3: ≥ B2, 4 classes
  • Literature Course
    B2, 4 classes
  • Wanderings through German History
    B2, 2 classes

For detailed information on each course (course description, times and room, ECTS), please check ourcourse brochure (PDF).

3. When and where do the courses take place?

General German
Semester Courses
Subject-specific German
Semester Courses

Dates
Winter semesters:

from the 2nd until the last week of thegeneral lecture period
= mid-October to early February, appr. 13 weeks in total

Dates for the winter semester 2021-22
obligatory online placement test Tue, Oct 12 2021 10:00 am
 


access via our →homepage (top orange box)
first day of classes Mon, Oct 25 2021 4:30 pm
 


General German A1 - C2:
online

DSH Prep Course:
- Max-Weber-Haus

Subject-specific courses:
- Max-Weber-Haus
last day of classes Fri, Feb 18 2022

Summer semesters:

from the 2nd until the last week of thegeneral lecture period
= mid-April to the end of July, appr. 13 weeks in total

Dates for the summer semester 2020

obligatory placement test Wed, Apr 15 2020 09:00 am
 


Studienkolleg building, great hall
obligatory consultation for, and admission to, the Subject-specific German Courses
- required only if you are going to take a Subject-specific German Course
Fri, Apr 17 2020 10:00 am
to 12 noon



Studienkolleg building, great hall
announcement of course assignments Mon, Apr 04 2020 10:00 am
 


to be posted ad:
- Max-Weber-Haus
- International Relations Division (in the Carolinum building)
first day of classes Mon, Apr 04 2020 4:30 pm
 


dependent on the course:
- Max-Weber-Haus
- Studienkolleg building
last day of classes Fri, Jul 31 2020
For exact dates for individual courses, please check ourcourse brochure (PDF).
Times

Standard courses
(4 classes/week)

Mondays + Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:45 pm

Intensive courses
(8 classes/week)

Mondays + Wednesdays, 4:30 bis 7:45 pm
with a break
6:00 to 6:15 pm

Days and times vary across courses.
Please check our →course brochure (PDF).
Locations

Levels A1 to C2:
online

DSH Prep Course:
Max-Weber-Haus (→map)
Ziegelhäuser Landstraße 17
69120 Heidelberg

all Subject-specific German courses usually:
Max-Weber-Haus (→map)
Ziegelhäuser Landstraße 17
69120 Heidelberg


Exact information about the place and time of your course(s) will be posted on the first day of classes at the following locations:
  • Max-Weber-Haus (→map)
  • Studienkolleg building (→map)
  • International Relations Division (in the Carolinum building) (→map)

4. What are the course fees?

General German
Semester Courses
Subject-specific German
Semester Courses
  • standard course with 4 classes per week:
    €175.00€* per semester
  • intensive course with 8 classes per week:
    €350.00€* per semester
  • course with 2 classes per week:
    100.00€* per semester
  • course with 4 classes per week:
    175.00€* per semester
* ERASMUS students: You get a discount on all courses according to the International Relations Division of Heidelberg University.
Students on bilateral exchange programmes: For you there is no course fee for General German Courses for levels A1.1 up to including B2.2 as well as for any of the Subject-specific German courses.
 

5. How to register?

General German
Semester Courses
Subject-specific German
Semester Courses
Step #1
  • international exhcange students on the ERASMUS or 4EU+ programmes:
    Please register with the →Erasmus coordinator at the International Relations Division.
  • international exchange students on bilateral exchange programmes:
    Please register with the responsible →programme coordinator at the International Relations Division.
  • international master's degree students:
    Please register from April 01 (summer semesters) / October 01 (winter semesters) via e-mail directly with us at the International Study Centre: koordination@isz.uni-heidelberg.de
Step #2

You take our mandatory placement test.

Time and location →see above.

This test allows us to determine your exact language proficiency level, so we can assign you to the best matching General German Course and/or assess if you are eligible to attend your intended Subject-specific German Course.
Exceptions: The placement is therefore dispensable only if you

  • (a) are an absolute beginner with no prior knowledge of German. - Please inform us during registration (Step 1).
  • (b) just completed our previous (March/September) →Pre-Semester Preparatory Course
  • (c) have completed an Advanced Level Course (C1) with us at the International Study Centre
  • (d) have obtained a generally recognized C1 certificate (DSH-1 or above / telc C1 Hochschule / TestDaF scoring at least 2x TDN 4 + 2x TDN 3). - Please attach a copy of your certificate during registration (Step 1).
Your are registered for your General German Course. only for Subject-specific German Courses:
Step #3
 

Please come to the mandatory consultation for, and admission to, the Subject-specific German courses.

Time and location →see above.

You are registered for your Subject-specific German Course.

6. Further questions (FAQ)

  1. Do I have to take the placement test?
    The placement test is generally mandatory, as this is the best way to determine the most suitable course for you. This holds true also if you have attended a German course at a language school or with us at the International Study Centre. You may be exempted from the test only if you fall under one of the →aforementioned exceptions (a) - (d).

  2. What can I do if I cannot come to the placement test?
    If you are unable to take the placement test, please see us on the first day of classes between 4:00 and 6:30 pm at one of the coordination offices, either at the →Studienkolleg building (ground floor, room E16) or at the →Max-Weber-Haus (ground floor, room 009).

  3. Can I attend a General German Semester Course on Mondays and Wednesdays at different times or can I attend the course just on one of these days?
    Neither is an option. For both your individual learning success and efficient teaching, it is crucial that students attend a given course on a regular and continuous basis.

  4. How quickly can I improve my proficiency level in the General German Semester Courses?
    How fast you progress always depends on your motivation and your individual learning conditions as well as on the selected course type (standard or intensive course). Typically, you complete one course and, therefore, one level (e.g. B1.1) per semester. In the next semester, usually, you will be taking a course for the subsequent level (e.g. B1.1 → B1.2). You may be allowed to skip a level (e.g. B1.1 → B2.1) only after demonstrating exceptional learning progress in your course or after scoring particularly well in the placement test.

  5. Can I change course levels during the semester?
    A transfer to a higher or lower level is possible during the first two weeks; it needs, however, to be suggested by your teacher upon consultation with the course coordinators. Should you feel that the course you are attending might be overly demanding or not challenging enough for you, please always talk to your teacher first.

  6. How can I cancel my participation and get the course fee reimbursed?
    You can cancel your registration during the first three weeks of classes and reclaim your course fee using the form to be obtained from the course coordinators. There will be no reimbursements after the third week.

  7. Will I get ECTS credits?
    Yes. You will obtain a graded certificate with ECTD credits if you
    (1) have attended the course regularly and also
    (2) have passed the final test and/or fulfilled certain other course assessments.
    Our →course brochure tells you the number of ECTS credits you will be awarded for a given course (General German Courses: see column "ECTS"; Subject-specific German courses: see "requirements").

  8. What does the grading look like?
    We apply the common grading scale for master's degree students at Heidelberg University:

    1.0 = "very good" (for a particularly excellent achievement)
    1.3
    1.7
    2.0 = "good" (for an achievement that exceeds the average requirements considerably)
    2.3
    2.7
    3.0 = "satisfactory" (for an achievement that entirely fulfils the average requirements)
    3.3
    3.7
    4.0 = "sufficient" (for an achievement that, despite flaws, meets the requirements)
    4.1, ... = failed


  9. Is attendance mandatory?
    Yes. Your attendance will be checked each class. If you want a graded certificate with ECTS credits, regular attendance is a necessary requirement. You will receive detailed information in the opening class.

  10. What textbooks will I be using, and do I have to buy them myself?
    The textbooks to be used will be presented by your teacher in the opening class and will usually have to be purchased by the students.

  11. Are teachers going to speak English?
    Especially at the beginning of the semester and in the basic-level courses (A1.1 to A2.2), teachers will (also) be using some English where necessary. Nevertheless, you will be speaking German in class as soon and as much as possible.

  12. What size are the courses?
    There are usually 10 to 20 students in a course.

  13. Can I take the DSH exam after a General German Semester Course?
    Yes. After attending the DSH prep course or a C1 course, you may take the →DSH. Total cost: regular course fee + 100€ examination fee.
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