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Semester Courses

13-week-long, the German semester courses are held twice a year: October - January and March - June.
The number of participants in each group is 16 - 18.
Please follow the link for detailed information regarding the difference between trimester and semester courses.

Course Dates

  • Winter semester: 02.10.2017 - 19.01.2018 (registration starts: 25.09.2017)
  • Summer semester: 05.03.2018 - 22.06.2018 (registration starts: 29.01.2018)

Target Group

Duration, Intensity, Course Times, Tuition Fees

Duration: 13 weeks
Intensity: 5x/week, Monday - Friday
Teaching units/day: 3
Teaching units/week: 15 (total: 195 units per course)
Course times: early or late afternoons

Tuition fees: 875 € (academic year 2017/2018)

1 teaching unit = 45 minutes

The schedule is available on the first day of registration.

Course Phases

The semester course covers a maximum of 3 phases: A1/1, A1/2, A2/1, A2/2, B1/1, B1/2, B2/1, B2/2.

Some courses of the B2 level only cover one or two phases every semester; they do, however, offer more time for study-relevant content: delivery of presentations/reports/reviews, writing lecture transcripts, communication with lecturers and fellow students, etc

Registration options offered:

  • personal registration is:

    • available to all participants
    • mandatory for all new customers with previous knowledge of the language (starting from A1/2), since allocation to the appropriate course is based on the placement test to be taken prior to registration.

  • online-registration:

    • beginners with no previous knowledge of the language (for A1/1 courses)
    • participants who have attended previous German courses at the Language Center, via the Customer LOGIN.

Course selection & online booking

Thorough placement tests carried out prior to course commencement ensure participants’ allocation to the appropriate course levels. These placement tests are compulsory for new clients.

Placement tests are carried out when registration for the respective course starts. You can take the test during our office hours (latest possible start one hour before our office closes, no appointment necessary).

The tests last approximately 30 minutes and consist of an oral and a written part. You can register for the appropriate course after the placement test.

You are not obliged to take the test

  • if you are a beginner of the A1/1 level
  • if you have previously attended German courses at the Language Center
  • or if you can produce an ÖSD or Goethe certificate.


Course Certificate

The minimum requirements for the issuance of a course certificate are as following:

  • minimum 75% attendance of the total course duration
  • and participance in the final examination.

You will receive your certificate on the last day of the course.

Passing marks in the final examination result in the granting of 12 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points. The relevant Study Program Administration or university has the ultimate decision regarding recognition of our certificates.

All our certificates from level B2/2 and above substitute the supplementary German examination [Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch (EPD)] for non-degree program students of the University Preparation Programmes [Vorstudienlehrgang (VWU)].

In case of non-participation in the final exam or non-passing grades, ECTS points cannot be granted. Nevertheless participants who fullfill the minimum attendance of 75% can receive a confirmation of participation sheet from the Office of the Language Center.