German as a Foreign Language at Fulda University
Do you want to learn German because you intend studying here? Are you already studying at Fulda University but want to continue to improve your German? Or are you spending a semester at Fulda University and are looking for a suitable German course?
The Language Centre offers courses from beginners' level to advanced levels. Courses are offered during the semester (April-July and October-February) for two to six hours of teaching a week, and intensive courses are offered during the semester or during the summer holidays (July-October).
Part-time courses (two to six hours a week)
Students at Fulda University of Applied Sciences can take these courses free of charge. For information about current courses and to enrol, click here...
Non-students, in other words persons not enrolled at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, may also attend these courses. They must enrol as "non-registered students" (Gasthörer) at the beginning of the semester. Enrolment as a non-registered student usually costs €100 per semester. Non-registered students with refugee status, however, are exempted from the fee. Our International Office will inform you whether you can be exempted.
Intensive courses (20 hours minimum a week)
Intensive German language courses are offered to future students. This means you need a higher education entrance qualification, or a secondary school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany. Our current programme of language classes is available here:
Part-time courses (2 - 6 units per week)
Courses in the summer semester 2017 (18 April 2017 - 21 July 2017)
- Students and guests with German skills: You can find our programme on the QISPOS platform (course info, registration for classes and exams) as of 20 March 2017.
- Students register for classes via QISPOS, non-registered students ("Gasthörer") register by filling in an application form for "Gasthörer".
- Information on QISPOS and course information...
- Newcomers, guests and international students without German skills: A list of German courses will be available below as of 20 March 2017. Please note that up-to-the-minute changes will not appear in that list. If possible, please use QISPOS.
- If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact or visit the office of the Language Centre.
German part-time courses in the summer semester 2017:
- German A1, part 1 (absolute beginners), 6 units per week:
Mon 9:50 am - 1:30 pm (room P 107), Fri 15:20 - 16:50 (room P 305)
- German A1, part 2 (for students at level A1.1) 6 units per week:
Mon 11:40 am - 3:00 pm (room P 306), Tue 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm (room P 305)
- German A2, part 2 (for students at level A2.1), 6 units per week:
Mon 8:00 am - 11:20 pm (Q 003), Tue 3:20 om - 4:50 pm ( (P305)
- German B1, part 2 (for students at level B1.1), 6 units per week:
Thu 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (room P 026), Fri 3:20 pm - 6:40 pm (room P 026)
- German B2, part 1 (for students at level B2.1), 6 units per week:
Wed 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (room N 206), Fri 9:50 am - 1:10 pm (room P 022)
- German B2.1 (for students at level B1.1), 12 units per week:
Mon 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm (room P 305), Wed 9:50 am - 1:10 pm (room P 306), Fri 9:50 am - 1:10 pm (room P 306), course for International Engineering (B.Sc.) and others if places are available
- Courses for advanced students can be found on the QISPOS platform
Intensive course German B2
German intensive course B2 in the summer semester 2017 (285 units), booked out!
The course is aimed at future students with B1 level language skills.
The target level is B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER). The course may also be taken in preparation for the DSH intensive course (see below, from B2).
Course dates: 18 April 2017 to 28 July 2017 (15 weeks)
Teaching times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.30 to 13.30 (five 45-minute teaching sessions), no classes on Thursdays
Course fee: €600.00
Conditions of participation
- direct higher education entry qualification. In other words, a school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany.
- B1 level German skills (written proof)
- Goethe Certificate B1 ("gut" or "sehr gut") or
- telc Certificate B1 ("gut" or "sehr gut") or
- TestDaF with TDN 3 in one section or
- B1 examination at a university of applied sciences/university
- other B1 certificates only after the individual case has been reviewed
If you have no knowledge of German at level B1 at the time of enrolment but you can prove you have signed up for a B1 test, you will receive a conditional confirmation with a request for payment. The B1 certification must be submitted before the start of the course.
DSH intensive course C1
DSH intensive course C1 in the summer semester 2017 (227 units), booked out!
Goals and content
All students who have obtained their school-leaving certificate abroad must pass the DSH German language test (or an equivalent test) to study at a German university.
The DSH certificate proves that their written and oral knowledge of German is good enough for them to complete an academic programme of study. A DSH preparatory course teaches students to understand authentic academic texts (listening and reading comprehension). Language problems are discussed every week in connection with everyday life situations and study contexts.
At the end of the intensive DSH courses, all participants have the chance to take the DSH test if they have reached B2 level. To view a sample DSH test, click here.
The DSH test at Fulda University is regulated by a set of examination regulations that correspond to the General Examination Regulations. This means that the DSH certificate issued at Fulda University is recognised by other universities and institutions of higher education in Germany.
What are the admission requirements?
To take part in a DSH intensive course, you need:
- university entrance qualification. This means a school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany.
- B2 level German skills (written proof)
- B2 certification, e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B2 or
- TestDaF with TDN 3 in all sections of the test or
The B2 certification may be submitted later if you have registered to take a B2 test and you can send us proof of enrolment with the test date. We will then inform you of the deadline for the submission of your B2 certification (before the start of the course).
What about B1 level?
What if you have "only" reached B1 level and want to take the DSH intensive course later?
You can take the B2 intensive course in the following semester (300 hours) and then take the DSH intensive course the semester after that. Information is available above.
Information about the next course
Course duration: 18 April 2017 to 19 July 2017
Test date: 21 July 2017
Number of hours: 277 teaching units (45 minutes per unit)
Distribution of lessons: 22 teaching units a week. Teaching usually takes place from Monday to Friday: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: four teaching units, Tuesday and Thursday five teaching units There are no lectures or seminars on public holidays.
Teaching times: 9:30 to 12.45 (Mon, Wed, Fri) or 9:30 - 13.30 (Tue, Thu)
Number of participants: maximum of 18 participants
Course book: DSH- und Studienvorbereitung 2020. DSH & Studienvorbereitung. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Studentinnen und Studenten. ISBN-13: 978-3930861408
Course fee: €600 for the whole course. The date of payment depends on the time or enrolment and will be announced in writing.
Examination fee for DSH €50
Enrolment deadline: 20 March 2017 or or until the course is fully booked (usually earlier!).
Please enrol as early as possible because the course is often full before the end of the application period.
Before arrival: Apply for a visa
Remember that it can take some time for a visa application to be processed in your home country! Please enrol for the DSH intensive course as early as possible so that you can apply for your visa and enter the country on time.
After you have sent us your complete application documents, it takes approximately one month
- to review your application (German skills, school-leaving certificate),
- to send you a request for payment,
- for you to pay the fee,
- before the fee is received
- and we can send you a letter of confirmation, which you will need to submit when applying for your visa.
Please ask the responsible authorities in your home country how early you need to submit your application. Pay your course fee only if you have a realistic chance of receiving your visa in time and entering the country for the start of the course.