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German language courses

The courses “German as a foreign language“ (GFL) are offered on various levels corresponding to the reference levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The aim of the CEFR, which was developed at the suggestion of the Council of Europe, is to provide a tool for setting standards and achieving a higher degree of transparency in language learning and teaching. Thus, it facilitates the mutual recognition of language qualifications and certificates and promotes the cooperation between educational institutions of different countries. The DAAD (German Acadamic Exchange Service) as well as the Goethe Institute use this CEFR as a basis for their work.

The CEFR defines levels of language proficiency in the fields of communicative skills, active and receptive skills and language skills for specific purposes. These levels and their equivalences in German language tests range from A1 for beginners to C2 for the highest level of language proficiency.

The GFL courses on offer at the Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten include intensive courses before the beginning of the lecture period as well as courses during the lecture period.

1) Intensive courses before the beginning of the lecture period

Summer semester: 1 week before lectures start with 7 teaching units (TU*) a day = 35 TU on levels A1, A2, B1 and B2

Winter semester: 2-3 weeks before lectures start with 5 TU a day = 50-75 TU on levels A1, A2, B1 (and B2)

2) Courses during the lecture period

These courses are follow-up courses to be attended subsequent to the intensive courses. This means that no other beginner’s courses will be offered at the beginning of the lecture period! All courses take place once a week. At the end, students will have to sit an examination (written exam for levels A1 – B2 or seminar paper for levels C1 and C2). To be admitted to the examination, class attendance of at least 80% is required. The number of credits awarded after successfully passing the examination must be clarified with the corresponding study program.

A1, A2, B1, B2: 4 TU
C1 – C2: 2 TU, provided a sufficient number of students have registered for the course.

* 1 TU = 45 minutes