German as a ­Foreign Language­

German as a Foreign Language has been a part of Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) since 1993. Course participants with basic knowledge (at least GER A1 level) can prepare for their language exams for university qualification in three quarters. For prospective students without previous knowledge of the German language, we offer a beginners' course. The aim of both courses is the TestDaF or telc C1 Hochschule certificate (in German as a Foreign Language, which entitles the holder to study at German universities). For the students in the advanced course, it is possible to reach the level for this examination after one year. Experience suggests that beginners need 1.5 to two years.

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

Application period

Applicants requiring a visa:
December 1 to March 31

Applicants who do not need a visa:
May 1 to August 15

Quarters

1st quarter: Sep 28 – Dec 16, 2020

2nd quarter: Jan 7 – Mar 07, 2021

3rd quarter: Mar 22 – Jun 05, 2021

Certificates

Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or TestDaF/telc C1 Hochschule, the certificates qualifie foreign students to apply to German universities and pursue a degree.

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Course ­content­

  • German course at level A1 to B2/C1 (20 units of teaching per week)
  • Phonetics
  • Geography / history
  • Literature
  • Conversation
  • 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 Europe by means of interesting excursions. 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, home to Germany's oldest Gothic cathedral, over 800 years old.

Additional activities

  • Opportunity to attend classes in the School of Theology or Social Sciences
  • Music lessons (instruments, voice) and choir
  • Creative courses
  • Sports

Campus ­life­

FAU 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 friends here, and take part in activities such as sport, outings, spiritual and other events on campus.

Courses and ­dates­

This course extends over one academic year, in three quarters (of 9–10 weeks). Beginners can reach level B1 in the course of the third quarter. Advanced students can reach level B2/C1 (GER) and take the TestDaF or telc C1 Hochschule examination.

Academic calendar for German course 2020/2021

Arrival Sep24/25, 2020
Tests & Registration Sep 28
Classes begin Sep 29
Fall vacation Oct 28 – Nov 1
First quarter ends Dec 16
Christmas vacation Dec 17, 2020 – Jan 6, 2021
Second quarter begins Jan 7, 2021
Second term ends Mar 5
Winter vacation Mar 8–21
Third quarter begins Mar 22
Spring vacation April 1–5, public holiday May 1
Government tests B1 or B2 TBA
TestDaF | C1 June 8 or July 15 | TBA
Closing services Jun 5
Departure Jun 7–9, if TestDaF is taken, departure must be later!
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Any questions?

… about the course
… about application
… about finances
… or in general?

I look forward to answering your questions!

Aila Stammler

Telephone: + 49 (0) 3921 916-206
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Examinations

The intensive courses finish with the external examinations Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or the TestDaF/telc C1 Hochschule. The certificates TestDaF and C1 Hochschule qualifie foreign students to apply to German universities.

Partners and ­collaborations­

Our partners are ACA and the consortium SDA Languages Europe.

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