German as a ­Foreign Language­

German as a Foreign Language has been a fixed component of Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) 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 German language, we offer a beginners' course. The aim of both courses is the TestDaF examination (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) programme. This program enables students from the USA to spend a year in Germany and study German as their major or minor.

Application period

Applicants who need visa:
December 1 to March 31

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

Period of teaching

1st quarter: Sep 12 to Dec 12, 2019

2nd quarter: Jan 7 to Feb 28, 2020

3rd quarter: Mar 16 to Jun 6, 2020


Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or TestDaF, the certificate TestDaF qualifies foreign students to apply to German universities

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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 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

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 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 quarters (one quarter lasts 9–10 weeks). Beginners can reach level B1 in the course of the third quarter. Advanced students can reach level B2/C1 (GER) and sit the TestDaF examination.

Academic calendar for German course 2019/2020

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

Academic calendar for German course 2020/2021

ArrivalSep 17/18, 2020
Tests & RegistrationSep 21
Classes beginSep 22
Fall vacationOct 28 – Nov 1
First quarter endsDec 16
Christmas vacationDec 17, 2020 – Jan 6, 2021
Second quarter beginsJan 7, 2021
Second term endsMar 5
Winter vacationMar 8–21
Third quarter beginsMar 22
Spring vacationApril 1–5, public holiday May 1
Government tests B1 or B2TBA
TestDaF or C1TBA
Closing servicesJun 5
DepartureJun 7–9, if TestDaF is taken, departure must be later!
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Any questions?

… on program
… on application
… on finances
… or in general?

I would like to answer your questions!

Aila Stammler

Telephone: + 49 (0) 3921 916-206

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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 German universities.

Partners and ­collaborations­

Our partners are ACA. We are part of the consortium SDA Languages Europe.

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