FAQ for Preparatory German Course

Find here answers to your questions.

Please note: These FAQ and the answers are still valid for summer semester 2022. As of winter semester 2022/23, there will be a new admission process. We will provide here information about the new admission process after summer 2022.

Shortly after your admission by the Admissions Office, you will receive information about the preparatory German language course via C@MPUS as well as the invitation to register for it. In order to do so, please transfer EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) to the university's bank account as mentioned in the invitation and within the deadline mentioned in the invitation and on this website.

As soon as your payment has been credited to our bank account (this usually takes several days and up to a week), we will send you an email that confirms to you that you have been registered and invited to the placement test and that you are guaranteed a place in the University's preparatory German language course.

Your course registration is binding. If you de-register before the registration deadline (as stated on the website and in the invitation to the Greman course) (e.g. by email), we will refund your deposit (EUR 450). After the registration deadline, refund of your deposit will not be possible any more, exept in case you prove to us that cannot join the course for reasons you can not be held responsible for (e.g. illness). The placement test fee (EUR 50) will not be refunded.

If you cannot join the course for such reasons that you cannot be held responsible for, you have got to ask for your deposit to be refunded (by email) within the semester that you registered for. After the end of the semester your deposit will generally not be refunded.

No: You will not have to pay any tuition fees (Studiengebühren) during the German language course. You will have to pay course fees (Kursgebühren). The course fees depend on the level that you will start the course on (B1, B2 or C1) and how many levels you will have to pass to the TestDaF exam. Your level will be found out in the placement test. You will find the course fees of the different courses on the website of the preparatoy German language couse: Please click on courses offered on the website. You will have to pay these course fees at the beginning of the course.

When you enroll at the University of Stuttgart during the preparatory German language course, you will furthermore have to pay the semester fee (Semesterbeitrag).

You will not have to pay any tuition fees as long as you are in the preparatory German language course. Once you have passed the TestDaF exam at the end of the course and started your B.A. programme, you will have to pay a EUR 1.500 tuition fee if you come from a non-EU country. For M.A. programmes, there are different fees.

Please find here more information about the semester fee and the different tuition fees and how much they are currently

If you miss the second placement test, you may not be able to join the course any more. If you are not responsible for missing the second placement test, we will refund your deposit (EUR 450). Please prove to us that cannot join the course for reasons you can not be held responsible for (e.g. illness). The placement test fee will not be refunded.

You can still try to register for the course even if it has already filled up or/and if the registration deadline has passed. In this case however, we will inform you by email that there is no place available at the moment and that therefore we can put your name onto the waiting list.

In this case, you will have to wait until the course has started in order to see if a place is available. Places in the course may become available if other students who had already got a place in the course de-register later.

As long as you are on the waiting list, we cannot guarantee you that you will be able to join the course. Therefore, we unfortunately cannot confirm to you or the embassy that you have got a place in the university's preparatory German language course.

If you do not wish to be put onto the waiting list, please inform us by email: We will in this case fully refund your deposit and the placement test fee you paid.

After the course started and you fully paid the course fees, you will be enrolled as a student of the University of Stuttgart. Please note that for your enrollment, you will have to pay the semester fee (Semesterbeitrag) but no tuition fees (Studiengebühren).

As long as you did not pay the course fees in full, you cannot be enrolled.

Accomodation is not included in the course fees. Therefore, you will have to find a room or an apartment yourself. Information and tips on how to find accomodation in Stuttgart.

The placement test will be onSET: Information on onSET placement test . On the website, you will find a sample test you can do in order to see how the test works. We recommend you to try the sample test in order to acquaint yourself with the test format. No more preparation is needed.

In addition, there will be an oral placement test.

Both tests will be online.

Classes are either in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (one day per week to 12 a.m.) or in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (one day per week to 5 p.m.), i.e. 24 teaching units per week..

In most groups, classes are in the morning. For organizational reasons however, in some groups classes are in the afternoon every day or on certain days.

If you should wish to have classes only in the morning or in the afternoon, we will try to make this possible. However, we cannot guarantee to you that your classes will be only in the morning or in the afternoon: Generally, university students must be prepared to have courses in the afternoon as well.



Department German language courses

Pfaffenwaldring 60, 70569 Stuttgart

Olaf Moritz


Head of Department

Ifigenia Theodoridou


Exam commissioner TestDaF, Assessment Test, Professional Training, Lecturer German as a Foreign Language

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