University of Heidelberg

German Language Pre-Semester Preparatory Courses for Exchange Students at Heidelberg University

only for newly arriving foreign students (ERASMUS or bilateral exchange programmes) enrolled at Heidelberg University


  • September (preparation course for the winter term)
  • March / April (preparation course for the summer term)

For the exact dates of each semester please click here »

Eligibility and Fees:

  • Students registered under the Erasmus programme
  • Exchange students from bilateral programmes

Fees: € 350,–

When and Where:

Placement test (Aula INF 684): current dates
Instruction Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 / 1:20 p.m. (80 hours in total).

All classes are held at Max-Weber-Haus, Ziegelhäuser Landstraße 17.

Classes, Content and Teaching Material:

Instruction is provided at three levels, depending on levels of proficiency:

  • Elementary (A1, A2):
    For students with basic knowledge of German.
  • Intermediate (B1, B2):
    For students with solid knowledge of German.
  • Advanced (C1):
    For students with an advanced knowledge of German who aim to improve their competence in an academic context.

The individual course content will be determined by the results of the placement test. The teaching materials will be announced at the beginning of each course.

All courses include exercises in German grammar, composition, reading and writing exercises, listening comprehension, vocabulary, phonetics, regional studies, and assistance/orientation with regard to studying in Heidelberg.

Additional Classes and Events:

  • Film seminar
  • Reading course "German literature" (B2 and above)
  • Philosopy (B2 and above)
  • Concert (classical music)

Registration and Information:

Students from the Erasmus programme (» here) or exchange students from bilateral exchange programs (» here) should contact the program co-ordinator at the Foreign Students Office (Dezernat Internationale Beziehungen).    


Lage Max-Weber-Haus

Internationales Studienzentrum

Ziegelhäuser Landstraße 17
69120 Heidelberg
Phone +49 (0) 62 21/54 - 59 49
Fax +49 (0) 62 21/54 - 59 56

Current data »
(registration and placement test)

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