German as a foreign language

German as a foreign language has been a fixed component of Friedensau Adventist University since 1993. Course participants with basic knowledge (at least GER A1 level) can prepare linguistically for their studies in two semesters. For prospective students without previous knowledge of the language we offer a beginners’ course. The aim of both courses is the TestDaF (test in German as a foreign language, entitles the holder to study at German universities). For the students in the advanced course it is possible to reach the level for this test after one year. Experience suggests that beginners need 1.5 to two years.

Since 2003, Friedensau has also been part of the ACA (Adventist Colleges Abroad) programme. This programme enables students from the USA to spend a year in Germany and study German as their major or minor.

Aila Stammler Aila StammlerCertified Translator
Director of German as a foreign language
An der Ihle 5 ALÜP 203 B
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau
Tel.: + 49 (0) 39 21 9 16 206

Course content

  • German course at level A1 to B2/C1 (20 units of teaching per week)
  • Phonetics
  • Multimedia language laboratory
  • Geography / history
  • Literature
  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Excursions

German in Germany

Language and culture are inextricably linked. One important aspect of the language course is thus to bring students into contact with the culture and history of Germany and of Europe. Interesting excursions make this possible. A few examples from recent years:

  • Hamburg: the lovely North German port
  • Munich: the capital of Bavaria and close to the Alps
  • Dresden: the fascinating Baroque city of Augustus the Strong
  • Wittenberg: the town in which Luther lived, worked, and nailed the famous 95 theses to the door of the castle church
  • Magdeburg: the nearby capital of Saxony-Anhalt, with its 800-year-old cathedral

Campus life

Friedensau is a university which attracts not only young people from all over the world, but also many Germans. So it is easy to get to know Germans and speak German with them. But you will not be the only one getting to know a new country and a new culture. As our university is small (around 200 students), you can easily make contacts here, and take part in activities such as sport, outings, spiritual and other events on campus.

Courses and dates

This course extends over one year of study, in three internal sections (one section lasts 9 to 10 weeks). Beginners reach level B1 in the course of the third section (quarter). Advanced students reach level B2/C1 (GER) and sit the TestDaF examination.

Timetable for German course 2017/2018

Arrival Sep 14 2017
Tests & Registration Sep 15
Classes begin Sep 18
Fall vacation Oct 28-31
First term ends Dec 1
Second term begins Dec 4
Christmas vacation Dec 18, 2017-Jan 7, 2018
Second term ends Mar 2
Winter vacation Mar 5-Mar 18
Third term begins Mar 19
Public holidays May 1, 21
Spring vacation May 10-13
Government tests B1 or B2 (C1?) Probably between June 4-8
TestDaF Only offered in May or July 2018
Closing services Jun 09
Departure Jun 10 or later

Also available

  • Language lab
  • Geography / history / literature
  • Conversation
  • Independent reading
  • Excursions
  • Opportunity to attend classes in the School of Theology or Social Sciences
  • Instrumental teaching and choir
  • Creative courses
  • Sport


The intensive courses finish with the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or the TestDaF
The certificate TestDaF qualifies foreign students to apply to a German university.

Partners and collaborations