German as a ­Foreign Language­

Our language course German as a foreign language will begin on September 20, 2022 on two levels: A1 (beginners with no German language skills) and B1+ (intermediate). The goal in both courses is to reach the next language level by mid-December 2022. Beginning in January 2023, language courses on the next levels will follow.

Course Structure:
20 September to 16 December 2022 |  each 200 hours | Course I: A1 and Course II: B1+
9 January to 10 March 2023 | each 200 hours | Course I: A2 and Course II: B2
27 March to 10 June 2023 | each 200 hours | Course I: B1 and Course II: B2.2/C1

We offer an informal learning atmosphere on our quiet campus in the middle of nature, state-of-the-art classroom equipment, and interactive, motivating teaching methods. Upon completion of the language course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. There is a fee for the language course (please enquire). In addition to learning the language, you can participate in excursions for a small fee.

We will be happy to answer your questions about the organization of the course and the cost by e-mail or telephone: ">+(0) 3921 916 167 | ">| + (0) 3921 916 206

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 from the European Union (EU) 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.

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Important Information

This course will be discontinued at the end of the current academic year. Unfortunately, application is no longer possible.


1st quarter: Sep 20 – Dec 16, 2022

2nd quarter: Jan 09 – Mar 10, 2023

3rd quarter: Mar 27 – Jun 10, 2023


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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Tuition and Financing

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 2022/2023

ArrivalSep 19, 2022
Tests & RegistrationSep 20
Classes beginSep 21
Fall vacationOct 28–November 1, 2022
First quarter endsDec 16, 2022
Christmas vacationDec 17, 2022–Jan 08, 2023
Second quarter beginsJan 09, 2023
Second term endsMar 10, 2023
Winter vacationMar 13–26, 2023
Third quarter beginsMar 27, 2023
Easter vacationApril 07–11, public holiday May 1
Government tests B1 or B2TBA
TestDaF | C1June or July| TBA
Closing servicesJun 10, 2023
DepartureJun 11, or later!

Academic Calendar German Course 2022/2023

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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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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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