University of Heidelberg

Courses at the International Study Centre

Overview: Who can attend our courses?

The International Study Centre ("Internationales Studienzentrum" / "ISZ") of Heidelberg University offers specifically tailored courses for

1. prospective students with non-German educational qualifications planning to do a complete degree programme in Germany (course programmes),
2. international students admitted to Heidelberg University either by way of an exchange programme (Erasmus or a bilateral programme) or as master's degree students (course programmes),
3. international visiting scholars and doctoral students at Heidelberg University (course programme).


Please note:
If you want to learn German in Heidelberg, but you do not belong to one of these groups, we advise you to contact a private language school. A list of schools located in Heidelberg is available →here (without claim of completeness or correctness).


 

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Courses for Prospective Students with Non-German Educational Qualifications Planning to do a Complete Degree Programme in Germany

Starting at university is always a big challenge, especially if you are going to study abroad. If your educational background does not fulfil the German language and/or subject-specific requirements for studying at a German university or if you want to improve your knowledge and skills before starting your degree programme, our courses will give you the optimal preparation to successfully open this new chapter in your life.

Course Programme
1.1 Kolleg für deutsche Sprache und Kultur
What is it?
German language instruction for levels A1 to C1
Who can take part?
- Prospective students with direct university entrance qualifications ("direkte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung/HZB") to get prepared for the DSH exam
- Prospective students with indirect university entrance qualifications to get prepared for the Studienkolleg.
When does it take place?
15 weeks per semester during lecture periods (summer semesters: mid-April to end of July / winter semesters: mid-October to early February)
1.2 Studienkolleg
What is it?
German language instruction for level C1 in conjunction with extensive subject teaching as a preparation for the Assessment Examination ("FSP" exam) and the following degree programme.
Who can take part?
Only prospective students with non-German indirect university entrance qualifications - "indirekte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung/HZB"), i.e. without direct university entrance qualifications.
When does it take place?
15 weeks per semester for normally 2 semesters (summer semesters: mid-April to end of July / winter semesters: mid-October to early February).
1.3 Foundation Semester Course ("Propädeutisches Vorsemester")
What is it?
Subject teaching and, if applicable, German language instruction for level C1.
Who can take part?
Prospective students with non-German direct university entrance qualifications ("direkte Hochschulzugangsberechtigung/HZB") planning to start a degree programme in the fields of German language and literature ("Germanistik"), humanities, arts, or medicine, biology or related disciplines.
When does it take place?
During lecture periods (summer semesters: starting mid-April / winter semesters: starting mid-October).
1.4 Four-Week Foundation Course for Prospective Students in Medical or Biological Degree Programmes ("Vierwöchiges Propädeutikum")
What is it?
Subject teaching as a preparation for subsequent university studies.
Who can take part?
Prospective students with non-German educational qualifications and admissions from Heidelberg University to medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, biosciences, or molecular biotechnology.
When does it take place?
4 weeks in September.

 

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Courses for International Students at Heidelberg University

Heidelberg and its university have been world-famous for a long time. So it comes by no surprise that about 1 in 5 students at Heidelberg University are from abroad now. If you too have come here either on an exchange programme or maybe even to obtain a degree, we offer you German language courses specifically designed to help you make the most of your time studying and living here.

Course Programme
2.1 German Language Pre-Semester Preparatory Courses for Exchange Students at Heidelberg University
What is it?
German language instruction for levels A1 to C2 as a preparation for the first semester as an exchange student at Heidelberg University
Who can take part?
Only new exchange students (Erasmus or bilateral programmes).
When does it take place?
- 4 weeks in March/April for summer semesters.
- 4 weeks in September for winter semesters.
2.2 Semester Courses for Exchange und Master's Degree Students at Heidelberg University
What is it?
German language instruction for levels A1 to C2.
Who can take part?
- Exchange students (Erasmus or bilateral programmes) at Heidelberg University.
- International master's degree students at Heidelberg University.
When does it take place?
14 weeks per semester during lecture periods (summer semesters: mid-April to end of July / winter semesters: mid-October to early February).

 

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Courses for International Visiting Scholars and Doctoral Students at Heidelberg University

Academics know best: You never stop learning. As a visiting scholar or doctoral student, you will find a lot to be explored here in Heidelberg, not only in your discipline, but also in terms of language and culture. To help you advance on your expedition, we are offering you specifically tailored German language courses making you ready for everyday communication inside and outside university.

Course Programme
3.1 German Language Courses for International Visiting Scholars and Doctoral Students (PDF file)
What is it?
German language instruction for levels A1 to C2 for everyday life and work in Germany.
Who can take part?
- Visiting scholars at Heidelberg University and their partners.
- Doctoral students at Heidelberg University.
When does it take place?
15 weeks per semester during lecture periods (summer semesters: mid-April to end of July / winter semesters: mid-October to early February).
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