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Preparatory German Language Course

You are planning to study at the University of Stuttgart but you still have to improve your German and to pass the TestDaF exam? Please find out here how to join our German language course.

General information ...

You first have to be admitted by the university's Admissions Office: Admission to the University of Stuttgart is the prerequisite for joining our German language course. You'll have to apply on the online portal C@mpus. Please read here how to apply.

If you are admitted by the Admissions Office for studying at the University of Stuttgart, you will receive the invitation to the preparatory German language course shortly after your admission.

In case of any questions regarding your application and the admission process, please contact the Admissions Office for Foreign Nationals.

There is one exception: You do not need an admission to the University of Stuttgart for the TestDaF training courses. Please read below when and how to register for the training courses. 

... and the next course: registration for summer 2018

Please read below on this page under summer semester 2018 - How to register for the German language course? about the next course registration and placement test!

Summer semester 2018

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You have applied to be admitted for studying at the University of Stuttgart via the online portal C@mpus. Please wait for the decision of the Admissions Office.

If you are admitted for summer semester 2018 by the Admissions Office, you will receive via C@mpus the inivitation to the preparatory German language course shortly after your admission.

In order to register for the preparatory German language course, please transfer a down payment of 500 euros by March 9th to the university's bank account as stated in the invitation to the German language course you received from the Admissions Office. These 500 euros will later be deducted from your course fees.

As soon as your down payment has been credited to our account, we will send you an email. This email confirms to you that you have been registered to the university's German language course and invites you to the placement test. You may need this confirmation and invitation for your visa.

Please note that the number of places is limited and places in the course will be given to students according to the order of their down payments as received by us. If the course is fully booked before March 9th, we may decline further registrations even before the deadline.

There may be additional bank charges on international money transfer that you may have to pay (please ask your bank). Due to the limited places late enrollment or incomplete down payment may not be accepted.

Your course registration is binding. If you de-register before March 9th (by email), we will refund your down payment minus a handling charge of 50 euros. After March 9th, de-registration and refund of your down payment will not be possible any more, exept in case you cannot join the course for reasons you can not be held responsible for (e.g. illness or delayed issue of your visa). If you cannot join the course for such reasons that you cannot be held responsible for, you have got to ask for your down payment to be refunded (by email) within the semester that you registered for. After the end of the semester your down payment will generally not be refunded.

The decision on your level in the course (B1, B2 or C1) will be based on your result in the placement test (onSET - see below) that you will have to take after your course registration, at the beginning of the course in April:

Placement Test: Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m. in lecture hall 9.01. (address: Pfaffenwaldring 9, 70569 Stuttgart. Lecture hall 9.01 is situated immediately beside S-Bahn (= suburban train) station Universität, exit Universitätszentrum)

Please check this website regularly for any changes regarding place and time of the placement test.

For the placement test, you will have to present: (1) your passport or identity card, (2) our email confirming your course registration and (3) your admission. Without these documents, you will not be allowed into the placement test. If you should already have completed a German language course, you may bring us a photocopy of your certificate (but you don't have to). The first decision about your level in the course however will be based on your result in the placement test.

Prerequisite: Reference level A2

  • placement test: April 4th 2018
  • course duration: April 10th - September 7th 2018. The course covers two levels: B1 and B2.
  • vacation and holidays: May 1st, May 10th, May 21st, May 31st, July 23rd - August 3rd
  • teaching units: 461

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • course (incl. placement test):  1463 euros

qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level B2

Prerequisite: Reference level B1

  • placement test: April 4th 2018
  • course duration: April 10th - September 19th 2018. The course covers two levels: B2 and C1 as well as a three-week TestDaF training course.
  • vacation and holidays: May 1st, May 10th, May 21st, May 31st, July 23rd - 27th
  • teaching units: 523
  • TestDaF exam: September 20th 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • course (incl. placement test and
    TestDaF-Training): 1649 euros
  • TestDaF exam: 195 euros

Qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level C1

Prerequisite: Reference level B2

  • placement test: April 4th 2018
  • course duration: April 10th - July 6th 2018. The course covers the level C1 as well a the three-week TestDaF training course.
  • vacation and holidays: May 1st, May 10th, May 21st, May 31st
  • teaching units: 293
  • TestDaF exam: July 19th 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • course (incl. placement test and
    TestDaF-Training): 944 Euros
  • TestDaF exam: 195 Euros

Qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level C1

Prerequisite:  Reference level C1

TestDaF training course June / July

  • course duration: June 18th - July 6th
  • teaching units: 72
  • TestDaF exam: July 19th 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • course: 280 euros
  • Exam: 195 euros

If you are not a student of Stuttgart University and you are interested in joining the June training course, please get in contact with the head of the department or the secrety's office between Mai 7th and May 18th: Places will first be given to the students of the C1 courses of the preparatory German language course and only at this time we will be able to tell you if places are still available. Please send or bring us a copy of your C1 certificate when getting in contact with us.


 

TestDaF training course September

  • course duration: September 3rd - 19th 2018
  • teaching units: 62
  • TestDaF exam: September 20th

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • course: 250 euros
  • TestDaF Exam: 195 euros

If you are not a student of Stuttgart University and you are interested in joining the September training course, please get in contact with the head of the department or the secretary's office between June 18th and July 6th: Places will first be given to the students of the C1 courses of the preparatory German language course and only at this time we will be able to tell you if places are still available. Please send or bring us a copy of your C1 certificate when getting in contact with us.

You transferred a down payment of 500 euros, you were registered for the course but you have not yet been enrolled as a student of Stuttgart University, and you de-register before the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your down payment muinus a handling charge of 50 euros.

You transferred the 50 euros down payment, you were registered for the course and you de-register after the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your down payment minus the 50 euros handling charge only if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill or your visa is issued too late). If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will not refund your down payment.

 You transferred the 50 euros down payment, you were registered for the course and you have already been enrolled as a student of Stuttgart University, and you de-register (before or after the registration deadline): We will refund your down payment minus the 50 euros handling charge only if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill).

You took the placement test and started the course, you already paid the course fees of your course (B1+B2 course, B2+C1 course or C1 course) and you de-register from the ongoing course: We will refund your course fees if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill and therefore cannot attend the course any more). In this case , we will refund the course fees for the part of the course that you cannot attend any more. If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.

This is the case as well if you pass the TestDaF exam in another test center or if you do not need any more the TestDaF exam at the end of our course and you want to leave our course: In this case, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.

Winter semester 2017/18

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Prerequisite: Reference level A2

Dates:

  • Placement test: 05.10.2017
  • Course duration: 16 October 2017 – 16 March 2018
  • Vacation and holidays: 31 October 2017, 01 November 2017, 25 December 2017 - 05 January 2018
  • 471 teaching units

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • Course (incl. E-Test): 1,463 euro

Qualification (per European Reference Framework): Level B2

Prerequisite: Reference level B1

Dates:

  • Placement test: 05.10.2017
  • Course duration: 16 October 2017 – 29 March 2018
  • Vacation and holidays: 31 October 2017, 01 November 2017, 25 December 2017 - 05 January 2018
  • 514 Teaching units
  • TestDaF exam: 26 April 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • Course (incl. E-Test and
    TestDaF-Training): 1,592 euro
  • Exam: 195 euro

Qualification (per European Reference Framework): Level C1

Prerequisite: Reference level B2

Dates:

  • Placement test: 05.10.2017
  • Course duration: 16 October 2017 – 26 January 2018
  • Vacation and holidays: 31 October 2017, 01 November 2017, 25 December 2017 - 05 January 2018
  • 303 Teaching units
  • TestDaF exam: 20 February 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • Course (incl. E-Test and
    TestDaF-Training): 959 euro
  • Exam: 195 euro

Qualification (per European Reference Framework): Level C1

Prerequisite: Reference level C1

Unfortunately, the January training course is already full. We cannot admit new students into this course!

Dates:

  • Course duration: 08 January 2018 – 26 January 2018
  • 72 Teaching units
  • TesDaF exam: 20 February 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • Course (incl. E-Test and
    TestDaF-Training): 280 euro
  • Exam: 195 euro

Prerequisite: Reference level C1

Dates:

  • Course duration: 12 March 2018 – 29 March 2018
  • 68 Teaching units
  • TestDaF exam: 26 April 2018

Classes:

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Fees:

  • Course (incl. E-Test and
    TestDaF-Training): 268 euro
  • Exam: 195 euro

If you are not a student of Stuttgart University and you are interested in joining the March training course, please get in contact with the head of the department or the secrety's office between February 5th und 23rd: Places will first be given to the students of the C1 courses of the preparatory German language course and only at this time we will be able to tell you if places are still available. Please send or bring us a copy of your C1 certificate when getting in contact with us.

You transferred a down payment of 500 euros, you were registered for the course and you de-register before the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your down payment muinus a handling charge of 50 euros.

You transferred the 50 euros down payment, you were registered for the course and you de-register after the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your down payment minus the 50 euros handling charge only if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill or your visa is issued too late). If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will not refund your down payment.

You took the placement test and started the course, you already paid the course fees of your course (B1+B2 course, B2+C1 course or C1 course) and you de-register from the ongoing course: We will refund your course fees if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill and therefore cannot attend the course any more). In this case , we will refund the course fees for the part of the course that you cannot attend any more. If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.

This is the case as well if you pass the TestDaF exam in another test center or if you do not need any more the TestDaF exam at the end of our course and you want to leave our course: In this case, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.

OnSET – assessment test

OnSET is an internet-based assessment test for measuring general proficiency in German as a second language.

Keep in mind that for the test:

  • You have to work through 8 texts with 20 fill-in blanks each.
  • Per text you will have 5 minutes for a total of 40 minutes
  • When the 5 minutes are up, you are automatically switched to the next text.
  • You can go directly to the next text by clicking “next” anytime.

You must follow these rules during the test:

  • Write only one entry into each blank space
  • Do not enter the German vowels (ä, ö, ü) and ß as letter combinations such as
    ae, oe, ue or ss.
  • Typing mistakes count as wrong answers.

Texts already completed cannot be revisited or worked on. For more details, please review the PDF in the link menu at the top of this page (“Information Flyer“)

  1. Registering:

Only individuals taking  the German language courses at the University of Stuttgart may register for OnSET.

  1. Preparing for exam day:

To sit for the online exam, you will need your personal ID/passport and your password.

  1. Taking the exam:

First, log on to OnSET with your password.
Follow the step-by-step instructions::

  • “Teilnehmen”(“Enter”)
  • “Weiter” (“Next”)
  •  Read the test instructions
  • “Test starten” (“Start test”) – the timer is now running!
  1. Getting the results:

After you finish the last text, your test results will appear. Then, click on “finish test.”

You can download your certificate anytime from the participant portal.

Taking the sample test is good practice for taking the real thing in OnSET. Take advantage of the opportunity and test yourself! 

To the sample test [de]

Contact

 

Department German language courses

Pfaffenwaldring 60, 70569 Stuttgart

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Olaf Moritz

Head of Department

  • +49 711 685-685 62
  • Write e-mail
  • consultation hour: Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
 

Ifigenia Theodoridou

Assessment Test, Media Representative

  • +49 711 685-685 63
  • Write e-mail
  • consultation hours: Tu and Th 02:00 - 04:00 p.m.