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Course levels

The pre-semester German course provides students with intensive German language training at four different levels (A 2, B 1, B 2 and C 1). The course objectives are based on the skill-specific proficiency levels described in the Common European Framework (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe.

The course is designed to prepare students for study at the Freie Universität Berlin, both in terms of language and content.

  • Students will learn specific work techniques/skills to help them adjust to their new academic environment.

  • They will learn skills for argumentation, to help with discussions and presentations.

  • They will learn how to take notes in lectures and seminars.

  • They will learn helpful reading strategies.

  • They will discuss topical issues of socio-political relevance, relating to everyday life at university, the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin and to higher education in general.

  • They will be prepared for the German language programme offered during the semester.

  • The pre-semester courses have a steep learning curve.

To be admitted to our courses, you are required to have a German language proficiency of at least A1 level (CEFR).

Unfortunately, we cannot within the scope of this programme offer courses for students whose language proficiency is below this level.

 Course description    A2    B1    B2    C1