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Preliminary Information on courses in German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF)

Courses in German as a Foreign Language at the Studienkolleg Mittelhessen prepare foreign students for the linguistic demands of their intended study program. The courses are intensive courses, i.e., students attend class daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and need to allow about 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon to complete homework assignments and do revision. In these courses students with a direct university entrance qualification will be given the opportunity to prepare for the DSH (German: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang, English: German Language Examination for University Entrance). You can also prepare for the admission examination for the Studienkolleg (specialization modules) in these language courses if you possess an indirect university entrance qualification.

  • Brief of course information

    Elementary level II courses are for learners who are only mildly acquainted with the German language (A1.2).

    Levels 1 through 4 are designed for learners who have surpassed the beginner’s level and have achieved an A2 to B1.2 level consistent with the Common European Framework for Foreign Languages. Courses of each level last 6 weeks.

    Students are required to take a test at the end of each course. After successfully completing one course, students may register for the next level in the course sequence.

    The DSH level program is a preparatory course for the DSH (German: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang,  English: German Language Examination for University Entrance). This program lasts about 11 weeks.

  • Textbooks

    Elementary level II: Akademie Deutsch, Hueber-Verlag - A1+ Intensivlehrwerk Band 1 (ISBN: 978-3-19-101650-0, approx. 22 €) and Zusatzmaterial Band 1 (ISBN: 978-3-19-111650-7, approx. 9 €)

    Level 1: Akademie Deutsch, Hueber-Verlag - A2+ Intensivlehrwerk Band 2 (ISBN: 978-3-19-121650-4, approx. 22 €) and Zusatzmaterial Band 2 (ISBN: 978-3-19-131650-1, approx. 9 €)

    Level 2: Same as in Level 1

    Level 3: Akademie Deutsch, Hueber-Verlag - B1+ Intensivlehrwerk Band 3 (ISBN: 978-3-19-141650-8, approx. 22 €) and Zusatzmaterial Band 3 (ISBN: 978-3-19-151650-5, approx. 9€)

    Level 4: Same as in Level 3

    DSH Level: Akademie Deutsch, Hueber-Verlag - B2+ Intensivlehrwerk Band 4 (ISBN: 978-3-19-161650-2, approx. 22 €) and Zusatzmaterial Band 4 (ISBN: 978-3-19-171650-9, approx. 9€)

  • Conditions of participation

    Our language courses are open to anyone who wishes to enroll for a university study program or who has already done so.

    In order to attend one of our language courses, you will need to take a placement test (fee: 15 EUR). For this test you need to register online. Online registration will open about 4 weeks before the placement test.

  • Enrollment

    You can be enrolled as a student (DSH preparation) for a maximum of two semesters while attending language courses at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
    For this you will have to apply for a study program on offer at the Philipps-Universität Marburg via uni-assist. You can find the application deadlines here.

    Please note: In order to obtain a student ID and a student transit pass you are required to enroll as a student. Enrollment has to be completed by the end of April for the summer semester and by the end of October for the winter semester.

     You can find additional information about the language proficiency you will need to show proof of for your course of study in Marburg under Proficiency in German