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.

Application period

German course with visa: 01.01. – 30.04.

German course without visa: 01.05.- 15.08.

Period of teaching

1. Trimester: 18.9.-14.12.2018

2. Trimester: 7.1.-1.3.2019

3. Trimester: 18.3.-9.6.2019


Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or the TestDaF, the certificate TestDaF qualifies foreign students to apply to a German university.

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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

Additional activities

  • 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

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.

Academic calendar for German course 2018/2019

ArrivalSep 14 2018
Tests & RegistrationSep 17
Classes beginSep 18
Fall vacationOct 27–31
First term endsDec 14
Second term beginsJan 7, 2019
Christmas vacationDec 17, 2018-Jan 8, 2019
Second term endsMar 1
Winter vacationMar 2-Mar 17
Third term beginsMar 18
Spring vacationApril 19-22, public holiday May 1 & 30
Government tests B1 or B2TBA
TestDaF or C1TBA
Closing servicesJun 8
DepartureJun 9, if TestDaF is taken, departure must be later!

Academic calendar for German course 2019/2020

ArrivalSep 12/13 2019
Tests & RegistrationSep 16
Classes beginSep 17
Fall vacationOct 31 – Nov 3
First term endsDec 13
Christmas vacationDec 14, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020
Second term beginsJan 7, 2020
Second term endsFeb 28
Winter vacationFeb 29 – Mar 15
Third term beginsMar 16
Spring vacationApril 9 – 13, public holiday May 1 – 3
Government tests B1 or B2TBA
TestDaF or C1TBA
Closing servicesJun 6
DepartureJun 7 – 9, if TestDaF is taken, departure must be later!
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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

Our partners are ACA

We are part of the consortium SDA Languages Europe

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