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Learning German – offers for international students
There are many opportunities for international students registered at Goethe University to learn German, or improve their German language skills. The ISZ (International Study Centre) is in charge of most of the courses and also offers additional services, such as the Schreibcafe (writing café), to support students in writing their term papers. As a rule, courses at the beginning of the studies or during the studies are free of charge.
Furthermore, students can at any time avail themselves of online language courses, in addition to a regular language course or separately, to improve their German.
Before you start
Preparatory courses for the DSH exams (“Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang“, the German Language Assessment for Applicants with Foreign University Entrance Qualification) and intensive courses of 4 or 5 weeks to prepare you for your studies in Germany (20 hours/week; fee-based)!
When you begin your studies
Programmes for exchange students (free of charge). Courses will take place at the beginning of each semester.
Intensive courses for new students in undergraduate and Msater's programmes! Courses are free of charge and are held the week before classes start.
- Intensive courses for students in undergraduate programmes (Bachelor and state examination)
- Intensive courses for students in Master's programmes
During your studies
Various offers for improving your German skills (free of charge) for all international students!
Furthermore, there are German beginners’ courses for students in international Master’s programmes.
Courses for PhD candidates
The Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) offers various German courses specifically for PhD candidates.
German courses outside Goethe University
In an international city like Frankfurt you will find many German language courses outside the university; however, you will have to pay for them. Below is a list of places in Frankfurt that offer courses.