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Intensive German Course Before Starting the Semester

Taught in an activity-oriented and interactive fashion in multi-national groups of max. 18 persons, our intensive A1.1 to B2.2 German courses introduce their participants to the German language and culture in a very short time. Taking this course gives you the opportunity to complete a partial stage of your language acquisition (e.g. A1.1) before starting your studies. This will facilitate your linguistic and cultural acclimatization in Germany and help your integration in the German university system, freeing you up to concentrate on your studies during the semester.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to clarify important questions about starting your studies and your arrival in Bonn at the Welcome Days and to interact with other students and doctoral students.

General Information

Information on the contents of the courses, their duration and teaching location, the registration procedure and how to choose your course level is provided below.

Information and Registration

  • Target group: international students (Erasmus, Global Exchange Program, degree seeking) and doctoral students enrolled at the University of Bonn, visiting academics, postdocs and members of the university staff. 
  • Uni-ID is helpful
  • Format: with 4 course units teaching per day
  • Group size: max. 18 Persons
  • Requirements for passing the course: regular attendance (max. 2 missed classes), active class participation and a presentation or written project report.
  • ECTS/ certificate:
    • Participants meeting all the course requirements will receive a graded certificate (for Erasmus-students with 4 ECTS).
    • Regular attendants who have not completed all the course requirements will receive ungraded confirmation of attendance.

Course fee: € 250

Erasmus students: € 200 (co-financed from Erasmus funds)

  • Course duration:
    • 3.5 weeks
    • September 04, 2024 (start date) to September 26, 2024
    • Teaching days - The courses take place in person:
      • Week 1 (September 05 and 06): Thursday and Friday
      • Week 2 to 4 (September 09 to 26): Monday to Thursday (on Friday no lessons)
  • Course times: 09:00 am - 12:15 am (incl. 15-minute break)
  • Location: Adenauerallee 10, 3rd and 4th floor 
  • Total number of course units: 56 course units

Your German language skills will be tested via the onSET online language placement test. The German as a Foreign Language Section will send a TAN for the placement test after you have transferred the course fee. The result of the placement test will be sent automatically – the score is important for the registration! You will be assigned to a course level based on your test score. Alternatively, you can register for the appropriate level online.

Your placement in accordance with your score:

  • 0 - 30 = A1.1
  • 31 - 51 = A1.2
  • 52 - 65 = A2.1
  • 66 - 79 = A2.2
  • 80 - 95 = B1.1
  • 96 - 111 = B1.2
  • 112 - 125 = B2.1
  • 126 - 140 = B2.2
  • 141 - 160 = C1433

A description of the various ability levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) is provided here: www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de2121111123435443

Registration for the Intensive German Course in September 2024 is possible from July 19, 2024.

For exchange students: The registration takes place via the program coordination. Direct registration is not possible.

For international and doctoral students enrolled at the University of Bonn, visiting international academics and members of the university staff: Registration is performed via the International Office (by email). 22232321

  • Please note! Places are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. A waiting list will be set up for courses which are full.
  • You will receive email confirmation of your registration.
  • After registration, you will receive a further email asking you to make the payment.

Language Learning Support

We provide help and advice to students seeking to work independently to learn German. Working together, we draw up tailor-made learning strategies. Contact us if you have questions about your language level or need help choosing a course.


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