Curriculum and courses
Beginners' course (A1/A2)
Requirements: no German skills required
Course load: 25 hours per week
Duration: 16 February until 4 June 2021
Requirements: German A2 level
Course load: 20 hours per week
Duration: 10.8. - 20.11.2020
Requirements: German B1 level
Course load: 25 hours per week
Duration: 1.12.20 – 12.3.2021 (blended learning)
DSH course (C1)
Requirements: German B2 level
Course load: 21 hours per week
Duration: 14.4. – 29.7.2021
Optional: English courses B1 or B2
Participants may select Fulda Pre-Study without a German course if they are able to submit a DSH 2 or DSH 3 certificate as proof of proficiency in German (or an equivalent qualification).
Modules Pre-Study DSH course
21 class hours/weekly
6 class hours/weekly
|Living and studying in Germany|
1 class hour/weekly
|Methods of academic work|
2 class hours/weekly
Health and Health Care Provision in Germany
Introduction to higher education in Germany
Information on visa, work permits, health insurance, accommodation etc.
Introduction to the methods and techniques of academic work at a German university
Introduction to the University's electronic data systems (e.g. network/IT services at Fulda University, VPN, creation of websites)
Pre-Study Fulda´s modules in detail
German language courses
Beginners' course (25 hours per week)
Target group: University applicants without any previous knowledge of German
Course content: You will acquire and practise basic reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. At the end of the course, you will be able to make yourself understood in familiar, everyday situations.
Course objective: At the end of the summer semester 2020, the course will finish with an examination at level A2. Advanced German courses at levels B1 and B2 will end with an official DSH examination towards the end of the summer semester 2021, provided that you pass an intermediate examination.
B1 course (25 hours per week)
Target group: University applicants with German proficiency at A2 level (CEFR)
Course objective: At beginning of the winter semester 2020, the course will finish with an examination at level B1. Advanced courses at levels B2 and C1 will end with an official DSH examination towards the end of the summer semester 2021, provided that you pass an intermediate examination.
B2 course (20 hours per week)
Target group: University applicants with German proficiency at B1 level (CEFR)
Course content: At the start of the course, you will strengthen and expand your German skills in order to take an examination at level B2. This will allow you to start working with DSH material. Later on you will practise all four parts of a DSH exam: reading, hearing, text production and academic structures. Different learning and examination techniques will be introduced and you will be able practice them using past examination papers. Students are expected to take an active part in lessons and to revise study materials independently at home.
Course objective: A B2 examination is an integral part of the course. Passing this exam will allow participants to continue the Pre-study programme and take the official DSH examination at the end.
DSH course (21 hours per week)
Target group: University applicants with German proficiency at B2 level (CEFR)
Course content: You will practise all four parts of a DSH exam: reading, hearing, text production and scientific academic structures. Different learning and examination techniques will be introduced and you will be able to practise them using past examination papers. Students are expected take an active part in lessons and to revise study materials independently at home.
Course objective: The course will end with the official DSH examination.
6 hours per week
- Department of Applied Computer Science: Principles of Business Administration, Principles of Database Management, Programming
- Department of Business: Principles of Management, Financial and Managerial Accounting and Economics (information available in German only for most courses taught in German)
- Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology/Food Technology: Tutorials in Mathematics and Physics
- Department of Social and Cultural Sciences: Introduction to Intercultural Communication, Introduction to European Integration
Methods of academic work
2 hours per week
- Introduction to academic research methods and techniques at German universities (e.g. using footnotes and writing a bibliography, presentations, ethics of academic work/plagiarism)
- Introduction to Fulda University´s computer system (e.g. network/IT services, virtual private network, website creation)
Living and studying in Germany
2 hours per week
- Intercultural training
- Introduction to the German higher education system
- Visas, work permits, accommodation, health insurance and other information of importance to international students