The HFU Language Center provides a wide range of German as a Foreign Language (DaF) courses at various levels (CEF A1 to C1) that cater to the needs of all international students at the university, whether guest or exchange students, undergraduates or postgraduates. All courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) for languages. The German courses also aim to promote integration into the German study and work environment.

Intensive German Courses

Each semester the Language Center offers intensive German courses as part of a two-week, pre-semester Orientation Programme for new international students. These 9-day intensive German courses are offered at two levels – one for beginners and one for students with prior knowledge of German.

Students are required to take a placement test both before and after the intensive course to define their level of language proficiency. Further information can be found under Registration.

The Language Center works closely with the university's International Center in offering the orientation programme. The IC provide new international students with extensive information to help them get settled in and to cope with everyday life in Germany.

Semester Courses

German courses at A1-C1 levels are also offered during the semester. The courses at A1-B1 levels have a general and academic study focus. The B2 and C1 levels also teach business skills. All German courses comprise four hours per semester week.

In addition to these courses, the Language Center, in cooperation with the HFU Akademie, also runs a preparatory course for the TestDaF exam. HFU is a TestDaF testing centre and the exam is conducted here twice a year at the end of each semester.

Course Overview

DaF 1Pre-semester intensive courses at two levels: Beginners and Learners with prior knowledge.
DaF 2German for daily life and university 1 (A1)
DaF 3German for daily life and university 2 (A2)
DaF 4German for daily life and university 3 (B1)
DaF 5German for work 1 (B2)
DaF 6German for Work 2 (C1)
TestDaF Prep. CourseIntensive course over 2 Saturdays to prepare for the TestDaF exam (in conjunction with HFU Akademie)