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In-Semester German Language Courses 

We run in-semester German language courses for international students and doctoral students enrolled at the University of Bonn, visiting academics and members of the university staff.

Our Courses 

Our courses take an interactive and practical approach to oral and written language acquisition, allowing groups of no more than 18 international participants to master everyday communication situations in German. Participants also practice written and oral comprehension, expand their vocabulary and learn the theory and application of grammatical structures.

In addition to the everyday language courses A1.1 to B2.2, we also offer a range of German special topic courses taught at various levels. An eLearning module on eCampus expands existing skills and knowledge.

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Courses during the year

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General Information

Important information on course content, duration and location, registration procedures and how to choose your course level is provided below.

Please note the following

  • Your Uni-ID is required
  • Format: In-person or online classes 2 x 2 hours per week and approx. 2 hours per week for an eLearning vocabulary module
  • Group sizes: max. 18 persons
  • Requirements for passing the course: Attendance (max. 4 missed classes) and active class participation, as well as completion of the eLearning vocabulary module
  • ECTS/ certificate::
    • If all requirements are met, you will receive a graded certificate.
    • If they are not met, you will receive an ungraded confirmation of attendance if you attended class regularly.
  • Your Uni-ID is required
  • Format: In-person or online classes 1 x 2 hours per week
  • Group sizes: max. 18 persons
  • Requirements for passing the course: Attendance (max. 2 missed classes) and active class participation, as well as a presentation or project report
  • ECTS/ certificate:
    • Graded certificate if all requirements are met
    • Ungraded confirmation of attendance if requirements are not met, but you attended class regularly
  • Course duration:
    • 11 weeks
    • Starting in the 4th week of the semester: May 03, 2021 to July 23, 2021
    • No lessons: May 19, 2021 (Dies Academicus), May 24, 2021 to May 28, 2021 
  • Location:
    • In person: Adenauerallee 10 (53113 Bonn), 3rd and 4th floor
    • Online: via Zoom

Online with student ID number on www.pro-integration.de2321

  • Important note! Places are assigned in the order that applications are received. There is no waiting list for courses that are fully booked.
  • You will receive email confirmation of your registration.
  • After registration, you will receive a further email asking you to make the payment.

You can test your German language skills here: Online placement test3334333

Important note!

  • Time required: max. 75 minutes. Take the test without interruption!
  • Send your test results by email no later than April 12, 2021.

Your course level according to score:

  • 0–24 Points = A1.1
  • 25–48 Points = A1.2
  • 49–73 Points = A2.1
  • 74–96 Punkte = A2.2
  • 97–121 Points = B1.1
  • 122–144 Points = B1.2
  • 145–167 Points = B2.1
  • 168–192 Points = B2.2
  • 193–217 Points = C1.1
  • 218–240 Points = C1.2

A description of the various ability levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) is available here: www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de44454443

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.

Everyday German language courses

The University of Bonn offers a varied range of German language courses from A1.1 to B2.2. You can learn everyday German in the course that is right for you and will soon be able to communicate in German.

For international students

These extra-curricular courses can be attended by enrolled international students who do not need to show proof of having passed a German language examination (e.g. DSH or GFL).

The courses are subject to a fee.

  • For international students: € 90
  • For Erasmus students: € 60 (co-financed by Erasmus)

Reimbursement of course fees: Unfortunately, reimbursement of course fees is not possible once courses have started!

Level A1.1

A course for participants with little or no previous knowledge of the German language. Here, you will learn basic communication skills, how to find your way in everyday situations, and how to ask and answer simple questions. Besides basic vocabulary and techniques of verbal expression about topics like family, work, leisure time and nutrition, you will also gain insights into numbers, prices and times of day in German. You will practice reporting on everyday events in the present tense in simply structured sentences.

SDK-AS 1 (Charlotte Springer)
Date: Tue and Wed 04:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

SDK-AS 2 (Tania Förster)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level A1.2

A course for beginners with little previous knowledge who have successfully completed level A1.1 or have relevant previous knowledge of the German language. You will learn to understand continuous texts (e.g. letters) and advertisements (e.g. advertisements for apartments and jobs) and to hold simple conversations about past or present situations of your day-to-day life (including talking about daily routine and work, describing apartments, finding your way in a department store or scheduling an appointment with a doctor).

SDK-AS 3 (Elisabeth Osterhus)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

SDK-AS 4 (Tania Förster)
Date: Tue and Wed 07:30 pm - 09.00 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level A2.1

A course for students with basic knowledge of the German language who have successfully completed A1.2 level, or have equivalent previous knowledge of the German language.
You will learn how to understand and write continuous texts and to hold simple discussions about past or present situations (including discussing time at school, listing pros and cons, asking for information on the phone, giving directions).

SDK-AS 5 (Katharina Rösel)
Date: Wed and Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 05, 2021

SDK-AS 6 (Tonia Marisescu)
Date: Mon and Thu 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Level A2.2

A course for participants with extended basic knowledge who have successfully completed level A2.1 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. In this course, you will practice dealing with everyday communication situations (including expressing own wishes, needs and interests and asking your communication partners). You will repeat and expand basic vocabulary about topics like education, career, living and traveling.

SDK-AS 7 (Tonia Marisescu)
Date: Wed and Thu 04:00 pm - 05.30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 05, 2021

SDK-AS 8 (Charlotte Springer)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level B1.1

A course for students with basic knowledge who have successfully completed A2.2 level, or have equivalent previous knowledge of the German language. You will practice writing texts about issues of personal and general interest and to use appropriate means of expression while doing so. You will learn how to explain your point of view clearly and how to develop strategies to prevent common grammatical mistakes.

SDK-AS 9 (Sabine Bähr)
Date: Tue and Wed 04:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

SDK-AS 10 (Nicole Winkel)
Date: Thu 06:00 pm - 7:30 pm and Fri 04:00 pm - 05.30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Level B1.2

A course for participants with a good knowledge of German who have successfully completed level B1.1 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. You will learn how to talk about topics of general interest like movies, music, sports, etc. in an independent and confident way. You will learn how to write simple formal letters and longer personal letters, how to report on personal experiences and how to write a logically substantiated opinion about a current issue.

SDK-AS 11 (Beate Herceg/ Elisabeth Osterhus)
Date: Mon and Wed 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

SDK-AS 12 (Beate Herceg)
Date: Wed, 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 05, 2021

Level B2.1

A course for participants with advanced knowledge of German who have successfully completed level B1.2 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. Based on various types of text, you’ll broaden your strategic competency in listening and reading comprehension. You will also train your oral competence by holding discussions, giving reasoned opinions about facts and giving short presentations. You will also practice writing longer coherent (argumentative) texts on a wide variety of current topics.

SDK-AS 13 (Jutta Paust)
Date: Tue and Wed 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

SDK-AS 14 (Jutta Paust)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level B2.2

This course requires excellent knowledge of German and the successful completion of a B2.1 course or corresponding previous knowledge of German. You will learn how to express yourself clearly and coherently in German in more complex everyday situations and regarding personal areas of interest. You will be able to express and justify your own point of view, regarding current issues, too. You will learn how to write well-structured, detailed descriptions and how to summarize, comment on and discuss information and arguments from various sources.

SDK-AS 15 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Tue and Thu 07:30 - 09:00 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Online registration for international students is possible from April 22, 2021, 09:15 am, until April, 25, 2021 on the www.pro-integration.de322223223 website.

Registration for courses is binding!

For visiting international academics and doctoral students

These courses can be attended by doctoral students and visiting academics. If you obtain a doctorate at the University of Bonn but are not enrolled as a student in a doctoral program yet, please contact Sandra Papel or Sonja Hammer in good time before the registration opens.

The courses are subject to a fee.

  • For doctoral students: € 90 
  • For visiting international academics: € 180 

Reimbursement of course fees: Unfortunately, reimbursement of course fees is not possible once courses have started!

Level A1.1

A course for participants with little or no previous knowledge of the German language. Here, you will learn basic communication skills, how to find your way in everyday situations, and how to ask and answer simple questions. Besides basic vocabulary and techniques of verbal expression about topics like family, work, leisure time and nutrition, you will also gain insights into numbers, prices and times of day in German. You will practice reporting on everyday events in the present tense in simply structured sentences..

SDK-AS 2 (Tania Förster)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level A1.2

A course for beginners with little previous knowledge who have successfully completed level A1.1 or have relevant previous knowledge of the German language. You will learn to understand continuous texts (e.g. letters) and advertisements (e.g. advertisements for apartments and jobs) and to hold simple conversations about past or present situations of your day-to-day life (including about daily routine and work, describing apartments, finding your way in a department store or scheduling an appointment with a doctor).

SDK-AS 3 (Elisabeth Osterhus)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level A2.1

A course for students with basic knowledge of the German language who have successfully completed A1.2 level, or have equivalent previous knowledge of the German language.
You will learn how to understand and write continuous texts and to hold simple discussions about past or present situations (including discussing time at school, listing pros and cons, asking for information on the phone, giving directions).

SDK-AS 6 (Tonia Marisescu)
Date: Mon and Thu 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Level A2.2

A course for participants with extended basic knowledge who have successfully completed level A2.1 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. In this course, you will practice dealing with everyday communication situations (including expressing own wishes, needs and interests and asking your communication partners). You will repeat and expand basic vocabulary about topics like education, career, living and traveling.

SDK-AS 8 (Charlotte Springer)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level B1.1

A course for students with basic knowledge who have successfully completed A2.2 level, or have equivalent previous knowledge of the German language. You will practice writing texts about issues of personal and general interest and to use appropriate means of expression while doing so. You will learn how to explain your point of view clearly and how to develop strategies to prevent common grammatical mistakes.

SDK-AS 10 (Nicole Winkel)
Date: Thu 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm and Fri 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Level B1.2

A course for participants with a good knowledge of German who have successfully completed level B1.1 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. You will learn how to talk about topics of general interest like movies, music, sports, etc. in an independent and confident way. You will learn how to write simple formal letters and longer personal letters, how to report on personal experiences and how to write a logically substantiated opinion about a current issue.

SDK-AS 11 (Beate Herceg/ Elisabeth Osterhus)
Date: Mon and Wed 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Level B2.1

A course for participants with advanced knowledge of German who have successfully completed level B1.2 or have corresponding previous knowledge of the German language. Based on various types of text, you’ll broaden your strategic competency in listening and reading comprehension. You will also train your oral competence by holding discussions, giving reasoned opinions about facts and giving short presentations. You will also practice writing longer coherent (argumentative) texts on a wide variety of current topics.

SDK-AS 14 (Jutta Paust)
Date: Tue and Wed 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Level B2.2

This course requires excellent knowledge of German and the successful completion of a B2.1 course or corresponding previous knowledge of German. You will learn how to express yourself clearly and coherently in German in more complex everyday situations and regarding personal areas of interest. You will be able to express and justify your own point of view, regarding current issues, too. You will learn how to write well-structured, detailed descriptions and how to summarize, comment on and discuss information and arguments from various sources.

SDK-AS 13 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Tue and Thu 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Online contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Online registration for doctoral students and visiting international academics is possible from April 20, 2021, 09:15 am, until April, 21, 2021 on the www.pro-integration.de2223 website.

Registration for courses is binding!


Special Topic Courses

The content and language of the special topic courses focus on specific topics in German life, history and culture. They can also focus on training various skills.

For international students

These extra-curricular courses can be attended by enrolled international students who do not need to show proof of having passed a German language examination which certifies sufficient German skills for admission to a degree program at a German university (e.g. DSH or GFL).

The courses are free of charge.

Subject: My image of Germany – a practical regional and cultural studies course

Starting with Bonn’s famous sights and personalities, you’ll get to know all corners of Germany and the German people and improve your German language skills. Two excursions are included, e.g. to Dragon’s Rock (Drachenfels) and House of History (Haus der Geschichte).

Level A2/B1 (Sabine Bähr)
Date: Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Communicative grammar

You practice grammar in the form of communicative situations (e.g. daily routine, talking about a party, describing a person) and you’ll use these during language games.

Level A2/B1 (Sabine Bähr)
Date: Mon 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Subject: Practical pronunciation training (phonetics)

Improve your pronunciation in order to be better understood and communicate successfully – with exercises in “free speaking” as well as reading aloud and presenting texts.

Level A2/B1 (Nicole Winkel)
Date: Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Sustainability – How it works?

Agenda 2030 – 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as guidelines for the future with regards to economic, environmental and social aspects, examples of local Bonn initiatives inspire to do research and get involved.

Level B1/B2 (Susanne Hermes) – canceled!
Date: Mon 06:00 - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Subject: German and art

Learn German in a different way: Be creative and get a brief glimpse into the history of German art, literature and film in this creative art workshop, using quotes and texts by German-speaking authors, from movies and music, fine art and painting works.

Level B1/B2 (Dr. Andrea Lax-Küten)
Date: Tue 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: German for Economists

Participants hold discussion about economic topics using a range of up-to-date articles from various journals and newspapers, TV programs, videos and podcasts, thereby extending their economics vocabulary.

Level B1/B2 (Beate Herceg)
Date: Tue 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Contemporary discourses in media, science and research

You’ll work with vocabulary, reading and audio texts from trade journals, newspaper articles, TV shows, podcasts and Internet contributions. You’ll discuss various up-to-the-minute topics and write your own contributions for (specialized) magazines, record short videos or create podcasts. An excursion to the German overseas TV and radio station Deutsche Welle (DW) is included.

Level B2/C1 (Rita Bildstein)
Date: Tue 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Germany and National Socialism – CANCELD!

Immerse yourself in 20th century German history, from the Weimer Republic to the Third Reich (Hitler’s ideology and its attempted implementation in war, the total destruction of Germany), and talk about the various repercussions still ongoing today (historical reappraisal, relationship with Israel, our “red lines”, right-wing extremism including NSU trial, murders in Halle, AfD) and how we deal with this. Including an excursion to the House of History (Haus der Geschichte).

Level B2/C1 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Thu 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Give presentations confidently and discuss convincingly

In this course, you gather content from various speeches and practice presentation techniques; you train speaking freely without notes and focus on your pronunciation during short presentations in German in front of an audience. You will also discuss topical issues and/or speeches and work independently to prepare short presentations, thereby extending your vocabulary and improving your listening comprehension.

Level B2/C1 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Tue 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Do you speak scientific German? – German in an academic context

This course puts core focus on communication in an academic setting in various situations: You’ll practice listening and reading strategies based on a typical scientific types of texts and in the process, you’ll compare scientific and colloquial language; you’ll learn note-taking/writing techniques and write summaries, text comments, etc. During discussions on a variety of studies-related topics, you’ll expand your university vocabulary and practice oral expression, too.

Level B2/C1 (Rita Bildstein)
Date: Tue 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: German for Professionals

In this course, participants learn how to apply for jobs in German language environments, increasing their chances of successfully starting their career in German-speaking countries.

Level B2/C1 (Julia Roos)
Date: Thu 09:00 am - 10.30 am
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Online registration for international students is possible from April 26, 2021, 10:00 am, until April, 28, 2021 on the www.pro-integration.de222322 website.

Registration for courses is binding!

For visiting international academics and doctoral students

These courses can be attended by doctoral students and visiting academics. If you obtain a doctorate at the University of Bonn but are not enrolled as a student in a doctoral program yet, please contact Sandra Papel or Sonja Hammer in good time before the registration opens (Contact).

The courses are subject to a fee.

  • For doctoral students: free of charge
  • For visiting international academics: € 100 (or € 180 when booking two courses)

Reimbursement of course fees: Unfortunately, reimbursement of course fees is not possible once courses have started!

Subject: My image of Germany – a practical regional and cultural studies course

Starting with Bonn’s famous sights and personalities, you’ll get to know all corners of Germany and the German people and improve your German language skills. Two excursions are included, e.g. to Dragon’s Rock (Drachenfels) and House of History (Haus der Geschichte).

Level A2/B1 (Sabine Bähr)
Date: Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Communicative grammar

You practice grammar in the form of communicative situations (e.g. daily routine, talking about a party, describing a person) and you’ll use these during language games.

Level A2/B1 (Sabine Bähr)
Date: Mon 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Subject: Practical pronunciation training (phonetics)

Improve your pronunciation in order to be better understood and communicate successfully – with exercises in “free speaking” as well as reading aloud and presenting texts.

Level A2/B1 (Nicole Winkel)
Date: Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Sustainability - How it works?

Agenda 2030 – 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as guidelines for the future with regards to economic, environmental and social aspects, examples of local Bonn initiatives inspire to do research and get involved.

Level B1/B2 (Susanne Hermes)
Date: Mon 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 03, 2021

Subject: German and art

Learn German in a different way: Be creative and get a brief glimpse into the history of German art, literature and film in this creative art workshop, using quotes and texts by German-speaking authors, from movies and music, fine art and painting works.

Level B1/B2 (Dr. Andrea Lax-Küten)
Date: Thu 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: German for Economists

Participants hold discussion about economic topics using a range of up-to-date articles from various journals and newspapers, TV programs, videos and podcasts, thereby extending their economics vocabulary.

Level B1/B2 (Beate Herceg)
Date: Tue 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Contemporary discourses in media, science and research

You’ll work with vocabulary, reading and audio texts from trade journals, newspaper articles, TV shows, podcasts and Internet contributions. You’ll discuss various up-to-the-minute topics and write your own contributions for (specialized) magazines, record short videos or create podcasts. An excursion to the German overseas TV and radio station Deutsche Welle (DW) is included.

Level B2/C1 (Rita Bildstein)
Date: Tue 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Germany and National Socialism

Immerse yourself in 20th century German history, from the Weimer Republic to the Third Reich (Hitler’s ideology and its attempted implementation in war, the total destruction of Germany), and talk about the various repercussions still ongoing today (historical reappraisal, relationship with Israel, our “red lines”, right-wing extremism including NSU trial, murders in Halle, AfD) and how we deal with this. Including an excursion to the House of History (Haus der Geschichte).

Level B2/C1 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Thu 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Subject: Give presentations confidently and discuss convincingly

In this course, you gather content from various speeches and practice presentation techniques; you train speaking freely without notes and focus on your pronunciation during short presentations in German in front of an audience. You will also discuss topical issues and/or speeches and work independently to prepare short presentations, thereby extending your vocabulary and improving your listening comprehension.

Level B2/C1 (Angelika Thiele)
Date: Tue 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: Do you speak scientific German? – German in an academic context

This course puts core focus on communication in an academic setting in various situations: You’ll practice listening and reading strategies based on a typical scientific types of texts and in the process, you’ll compare scientific and colloquial language; you’ll learn note-taking/writing techniques and write summaries, text comments, etc. During discussions on a variety of studies-related topics, you’ll expand your university vocabulary and practice oral expression, too.

Level B2/C1 (Rita Bildstein)
Date: Tue 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 04, 2021

Subject: German for Professionals

In this course, participants learn how to apply for jobs in German language environments, increasing their chances of successfully starting their career in German-speaking countries.

Level B2/C1 (Julia Roos)
Date: Thu 09:00 am - 10:30 am
Online or contact teaching
Starts: May 06, 2021

Online registration for doctoral students and visiting international academic is possible from April 26, 2021, 10:00 am, until April, 28, 2021 on the www.pro-integration.de222322 website.

Registration for courses is binding!


Contact

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Sonja Hammer

German language courses and language examinations

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Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-7708

Avatar Papel

Sandra Papel

International doctoral students

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Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-9527

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