Language and Short Courses 2023/2024

German Language and Culture in March, August and September German Language and Culture in March, August and September

University of Freiburg • Freiburg im Breisgau

Course location
Freiburg im Breisgau
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Target group

Students of all subjects as well as non-students interested in German language and culture (also beginners), minimum age by the start of the course: 17 years old


The language course takes place from Monday to Friday in the mornings. Each morning there are four teaching units (45 minutes each). The learning methods are quite versatile: a variety of conversation exercises and discussions, current listening and reading texts combined with modern task-based grammar training – in this way, you can deepen and expand your oral and written German skills. Under the expert guidance of our qualified and experienced teachers, you can fully immerse yourself in a German-speaking culture. Specific study techniques such as reading strategies and presentation skills will also be practised. The lessons follow the aims of communicative competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in an entertaining and inspiring way and will assist your independent learning process.

Seminars and exercise courses take place in the afternoon. Depending on your language level, you can choose from exercise courses on phonetics, grammar, vocabulary and everyday German practice, or seminars on different current issues in the areas of cultural and social sciences, e.g. history, literature, film, environment, European policy and interculturality.

A graded certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the course. It will include your individual language level following CEFR as well as your ECTS credits.

Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
ECTS points (max.)
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Funding: application for DAAD-HSK scholarship

For this course DAAD university summer course scholarships (usually starting at language level B1) are available. If you wish to apply for this course, you can find all necessary information about the scholarship programme and its application requirements here. To submit your application, please note the HSK-reference number listed below the course date of your choice (category „dates and costs“). This number can only be used for presence courses. Applying for attending online courses is not possible.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Language requirements


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Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

Students reside in single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom in student residence halls or shared flats in Freiburg for the duration of the course. The room fee is 470 EUR. The university is in the city centre and is easy to reach by tram or bus.


The student dining hall ("Mensa") and the university cafeterias offer a wide range of dishes and snacks at reasonable prices, including vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

Our leisure programme includes city tours, museum visits, game and cooking nights, sports activities as well as hikes and trips in the region. At the weekend, we also offer exciting day trips to well-known sights, both near and distant. You can visit famous cities such as Heidelberg or Strasbourg and cultural regions such as the Black Forest and Alsace. There will also be a visit to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Excursions are available at extra charge.

You will be supervised by our student tutors, both during the leisure programme and during the excursions. With their support, you can improve your German skills and, together with learners from all over the world, discover the city and the region. This makes the language course in Freiburg a very special experience!

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

University of Freiburg

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The Language Teaching Centre (Sprachlehrinstitut – SLI) is part of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Freiburg, which was founded in 1457 and includes 11 faculties. With its 25,000 students, the university is an integral part of cultural, social, and economic life of the city and contributes to the tolerant, open-minded, and friendly atmosphere that is typical of Freiburg.

International language courses have been offered at the University of Freiburg for over 100 years. It started in 1911 with "Freiburg Summer Courses". Coming to Freiburg to learn languages and get to know the country and its people thus has a long tradition.

567 Years of history
25,000 Students

University location

The university town of Freiburg lies at a tripoint – in close proximity to France and Switzerland – and is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The city’s historic old town and the Gothic Minster reflect its rich tradition. At the same time, due to its modern infrastructure and its innovative environmental and energy policy, Freiburg has been crowned the "Green City". Having about 230,000 inhabitants, Freiburg is the southernmost city in Germany. Theatres, museums and cinemas provide a diverse cultural experience, while the Black Forest invites you to take a trip into nature.

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