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German Language Course

The university's Language Center (ZHB / Bereich Fremdsprachen) offers a four-week Intensive German Language Course during the months of September (prior to the winter semester) and March (prior to the summer semester). The intensive course is free of charge for students in partnership programs.

This course is only open to students participating in the following exchange programs:

  • ERASMUS+ (with program countries)
  • USA-Program
  • ISEP-USA / ISEP International to International
  • Dortmund Global Edge Program (DoGEP) for students from partner universities in the USA
  • ERASMUS+ (with partner countries / from outside of Europe)
  • university-wide student exchange programs


On completion of the Intensive German Language Course, you will get 7 ECTS-credits.

All information about the Intensive German Language Course can be found here.

The Language Center (ZHB / Bereich Fremdsprachen) also offers language courses during the semester. Further information can be found here.


Proficiency level

This course helps you to brush up your German before the regular classes start. Courses are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced. The teachers of the courses will do a proficiency test on the first day of the language course right after the official welcome in order to assign you to the right course.



If you want to take part in this course, please check the respective box in the online application form.


Time & place

The courses are usually taking place mondays through fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sometimes the first day of the course can be a Tuesday. That is the case if the 1st of a month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, so e.g. moving into your dorm could conflict with the official welcome. The room numbers will be announced shortly before the course starts (via e-mail).

On the first day of the German Language Course you will be welcomed and given all the required information at 9:00 am. The language proficiency test will be done right after the official welcome. This first meeting usually takes place at the International Meeting Center (IBZ) of TU Dortmund University.

You will find the IBZ on Campus North (Emil-Figge-Strasse 59).


"Good to know"

In general, the participation in the German language course is only possible once. In case you miss the German language course prior to the start of the semester, you are able to attend the following German language course (as long there are spaces available).

You cannot miss more than two days in this intensive language course. Participants who are absent for more than three days, are not be able to write the final exam. Further, you will not receive a certificate of attendance, a grade or credits for this course.

The final exam is mandatory to receive a certificate of attendance, a grade and credits. Only in case you are sick, you will be assigned a new date for the final exam.



Dates for the courses in the following semesters

Winter Semester 2019/2020 September 3 to September 27, 2019
Summer Semester 2020 March 3 to March 27, 2020
Winter Semester 2020/2021 September 2 to September 30, 2020
Summer Semester 2021 March 2 to March 31, 2021
Winter Semester 2021/2022 September 2 to September 30, 2021
Summer Semester 2022 March 2 to March 31, 2022