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There are 15 persons in each course group. You can find out how to apply for a course here.

Contents of general language course at beginner level

We offer the following courses according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • Course 1: Level A1 (for participants with no previous knowledge)
  • Course 2: Level A2 (for participants with a little previous knowledge)
  • Course 3: Level B1 (for participants with better previous knowledge)

The course amounts to 25 hours per week.
The grammar at this level will be introduced and expanded respectively. The participants learn the most important structures of the German language. The focus is, above all, on building and expanding on communicative skills. To this end, the course will deal with topics relevant to the university and everyday life in Germany. The teaching material can be purchased after your arrival.

DSH Exam Preparation

  • Course 4: DSH-Preparation and -Exam

The course amounts to 25 teaching hours per week.
The exam can be taken following the course. An additional fee is charged for the exam.
To participate in this course, your knowledge of the German language must be at level B2 or higher.

Contents of general language teaching at B2/C1 level

We offer the following courses according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • Course 5: B2/C1 (general language) + technical (language) project Law
  • Course 6: B2/C1 (General language) + technical (language) project Economics
  • Course 7: B2/C1 (General language) + technical (language) project Mechatronics
  • Course 8: B2/C1 (General language) + technical (language) project Society and Politics
  • Course 9: B2/C1 (General language) + technical (language) project Scientific German

The course amounts to 17 hours of general language and 8 hours of technical language per week. The course is aimed at participants with very good German language proficiency. The focus is on communication and a sound stylistic command of the German language, as well as extending grammatical knowledge according to this advanced level. Teaching is connected to real-life situations and includes extracurricular learning venues, which means that the course offers interesting excursions for each subject in addition to the lessons in class. We will inform you about the teaching material once you arrive. First and foremost, the teaching programme aims to make learning German fun and lively!

Course outline

Project Law

Using examples of particular cases, fundamental rights are dealt with and interculturally compared. Also, the relevant norms of the BGB (German civil code) will be discussed. Independent work on practical, true-to life cases completes the programme. The aim of the project is to expand language proficiency in the area of Law.

Project Economics

This project focuses on the themes of leadership, management and organisation of companies. As well as business management, the course deals with economic principles, employment in the economy and company specific factors affecting production. A special emphasis is placed on the use of authentic technical texts.

Project Mechatronics

The field of mechatronics includes all areas of technology in which components of electronics, mechanics and informatics interact. Apart from refreshing grammar by using relevant technical terminology, the teaching project encompasses the analysis of graphics/diagrams, evaluation of podcasts on topics from engineering science as well as training reading by using popular science texts and technical resources.

Project Society and Politics

The course focuses on current events in German politics and society as well as important themes from German history. Addressing German culture on a communicative basis and from an intercultural perspective takes precedence over learning bare facts.

Project Academic German

Reading and writing academic texts are key study skills. However, many specialized and scientific texts demand complex skills. The project is aimed at participants who would like to improve their reading and writing skills in the area of Academic German. Apart from refreshing grammar relevant to Academic German, the course also covers typical vocabulary as well as adequate formulation. Through practical tips and exercises, the course helps students to learn reading and writing strategies competently.


We leave the choice of project up to you. It is not a requirement to have a degree or relevant experience in a representative area. Your personal interest is of primary importance.

Your Contact Person:

Theresa Brunsing
The coordinator of summer language courses
Phone: 0521/106-3679

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The Bielefeld Profile:

What makes the German Language Centre (PunktUm) of Bielefeld University special is the high quality of its teaching on the one hand and its close ties to the academic subject of German as a Foreign Language on the other. The highly qualified members of teaching staff have many years of teaching experience and pursue their own research.

You can find further information on our staff, services and areas of expertise here