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FAQ about German as a foreign language

Admission and Registration

Unfortunately not. Please refer to one of the many language institutes in Berlin.

Our courses are designed for students and staff affiliated to FU Berlin who are prioritized when allocating places. Members of other universities in Berlin can apply for a place in our program, but may only receive a course offer if places remain vacant.

Please submit your application through the digital form at course registration. Applications usually open one month before the start of the lecture period. Please note the application deadline.

We will be back in touch within 14 days after the registration deadline with further information.

We offer places for active participation only. Even if you don’t need the credits.

All new applicants need to go through our language placement procedure which takes place during the two weeks prior to the start of the lecture period. The placement procedure will determine which level course you may take.

You may only take one course.

You may write to us, indicating which course level you were assigned to and which specific course you would like to join. In case there are still places available, we will get back to you.

You may still apply as long as the registration form is available on our website. In case we still have capacities, we will offer you a place / or if you are new to the program invite you to the placement test.


Your placement is based on the grade which we have received from your instructor. You do not need to take the placement test again.

Yes, as a rule all new applicants have to go through our internal placement procedure.

Depending on the information provided on the form, this will be either a communicative test or a cloze test. Both formats are digital and held on Dahlem campus. Please note that a brief interview may ensue.

Please try to make yourself available on one of the many dates of the placement test. Most of our courses are fully booked by the start of the semester, so we have very limited capacity for late admissions.

Our placement procedure is very reliable in identifying the right course level for you within our program. If you still feel wrongly placed after the first session, please tell your instructor and they will get in touch with us in week 1.

Course Details

No, we do not specifically prepare for these test formats. We do offer the DSH-Prüfung for students who have already been accepted into an FU program. For further information please see Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) (German version only).

There are no tuition fees for our semester courses.

You find detailed information regarding your class times and venue in the university’s digital course catalog.

All sessions of your course are displayed in the university’s digital course catalog.

All sessions of your course are displayed in the university’s digital course catalog.

Classes are taught on Dahlem campus in Silberlaube Building (Habelschwerdter Allee 45). As it is sometimes difficult to find seminar rooms right away, make sure to be there well in advance on day one. This digital map helps you to find your way around the building.

Please refer to the digital guidance system on the screens inside the building or contact one of the receptionists located at the main entrances of the building.

Your instructor will provide you with his/her contact details on day 1 of the course.

Your course instructor will inform you before or in the beginning of the course with all relevant details regarding Blackboard.

Your instructor will inform you about the prescribed material and course requirements in week 1. You do not need to buy anything in advance.

Schedule and Attendance

Any wish to swap courses during the semester must be communicated to your instructor. If there is a possibility we will offer you a place in a different course.

In order to progress with your language learning, a regular attendance of 85% of the classes is mandatory.

You are expected to participate from the start of the semester on. If you have a valid reason why you cannot participate in the first session, we may approve your absence, if you inform us via e-mail and include the specific course you are assigned to in that mail. If you have to miss the first two sessions or more you automatically lose your place.

Course credits

Yes, a 4h/week course is worth 5 credits, a 6h/week course is worth 8 credits and an 8h/week course is worth 10 credits upon successful completion. Please refer to Courses for further details.

Unfortunately, only our ABV German courses (level C1 and above) are on Campus Management.

You will receive a digital certificate from our administration by e-mail after successful completion of the course, usually within four weeks after the end of the lectures. If you are an exchange student we will transmit your results to the International Office and they will add them to your transcript of records if it is part of your learning agreement. If your course is not part of your learning agreement you need to forward your certificate to your program coordinator to get it added to your transcript of records.

Please check your exchange agreement or contact your Study Abroad supervisor to figure out the exact details of the procedure at your home university.

No, course credits are determined by our study and examination regulations for each course and can’t be adapted.

DSH exam at Freie Universität Berlin

You cannot register for the German Language Test for University Admission (DSH) at Freie Universität Berlin on your own initiative. Exchange students (Erasmus+, direct exchange programs, etc.) cannot take the DSH at Freie Universität at all. The prerequisite for participation in the DSH is the application for a study place with the aim of graduating from Freie Universität Berlin from a degree program taught in German. If you are admitted to a degree program and are not yet able to present the language certificate required for permanent enrollment, you must take the DSH at Freie Universität’s Language Center.