Language PreparationCopyright: Martin Braun
I did not only learn German as a second language. I have grown as a person. My stay in Aachen gave me the opportunity to acknowledge the intercultural differences between Germany and Brazil and to learn from them. This affects my professional relationships but even more so my personal relationships.
Bruno de Castro
All exchange students can also attend German courses at RWTH Aachen during the semester. You can register once you are enrolled at our university.
DUO courses are exclusively reserved for ERASMUS students.
We recommend taking a German course to prepare for study abroad at RWTH Aachen. The minimum requirement for language skills is level B1.1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or GeR. Even if you have already attained this niveau or you only want to take courses in English, we recommend acquiring German skills before your stay. The native language is the key to life in Germany and will make it easier for you to meet and make friends, communicate within the University, and to live and go through everyday life in Aachen.
Below we have listed a few possibilities for learning German. However, there are many other language schools. The following information should just be considered a suggestion. You are welcome to take a language course or German test in other language schools or institutes.
Each September the RWTH Aachen Language Center offers an intensive refresher course, the DEUTSCHinternational Kurs, specifically for exchange students from partner universities and for participants in mobility programs. This language course is an intensive advanced course for students, who
- already have basic German skills, meaning they have already attained a level of at least A2.2
- would like to take German-taught classes at RWTH Aachen and therefore require a B1.1 level in German
Due to its limited places, DEUTSCHInternational is not open to students with a higher level than B1. If you would like to improve your German skills to a higher level than B1, you can take a look at the semester course offer.
The intensive German course is not offered before the summer semester. Application for the course takes place online between the beginning of May and the middle of August. You will receive additional information about registration and a link to the registration page via email after submitting your application for an exchange placement to the International Office.
Please note that you must complete an online self-assessment test beforehand. This test does not replace the placement test in Aachen. The time and location of placement test in Aachen will be provided to you in time. The test is always held at the beginning of September and is mandatory.
Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support, OLS
This offer comprises a language test for Erasmus+ students, as well as a free language course for some students. Every university receives a certain number of licences and is responsible for advising its own students on this offer. It also allocates the licences for the free language course. Please contact the international office of your own home university for further information. You can also find information directly on the EU Commission's pages about ERASMUS+ OLS.
Deutsch-Uni Online, DUO for short, offers online German courses for ERASMUS students. Please contact the host Deutsch-Uni Online with all questions.
The Goethe Institut offers a number of possibilities for learning German. It has locations worldwide where you can take a German course or exam. You can find all the information about courses and culture directly on the Goethe Institut's webpages.