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 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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- German course at level A1 to B2/C1 (20 units of teaching per week)
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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.
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.
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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
|Arrival||Sep 19, 2022|
|Tests & Registration||Sep 20|
|Classes begin||Sep 21|
|Fall vacation||Oct 28–November 1, 2022|
|First quarter ends||Dec 16, 2022|
|Christmas vacation||Dec 17, 2022–Jan 08, 2023|
|Second quarter begins||Jan 09, 2023|
|Second term ends||Mar 10, 2023|
|Winter vacation||Mar 13–26, 2023|
|Third quarter begins||Mar 27, 2023|
|Easter vacation||April 07–11, public holiday May 1|
|Government tests B1 or B2||TBA|
|TestDaF | C1||June or July| TBA|
|Closing services||Jun 10, 2023|
|Departure||Jun 11, or later!|