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Intensive German Course

Intensive Course German in the City (course levels: intermediate to advanced B1-C1) [S1]

Do you want to learn vocabulary and improve in a language without sitting in a chair all day? Yes! We’ll have workshops, discussions, and cultural activities allowing for a hands-on learning experience.

Course Period
June 17, 2024 – July 12, 2024 Session I
German Language
Course Levels
Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.
Class Size

about 12 to 18 students per class

Credits and Certificate

Participants will receive 9 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application Deadline
May 15, 2024, or when participant quota is reached
Course Fee

“Get out of the classroom, dip into the city”– this motto of the course can be taken literally as the  combination of language class, academic lessons and cultural activities allows a hands-on experience of the German language and culture and how it is practiced in daily and social life.

The syllabus is comprised of traditional language instructions where you can improve your foreign language skills, academic lessons with weekly foci on aspects of German culture and a cultural program.

Principles of action-oriented and individual learning are focused in the course and therefore, interests and motivation of the participants are important conditions. The willingness to question factual knowledge as well as producing creativity and individual perspectives do not only form the work and results of this course in a special way, but also support the social skills and self-confidence for dealing with the foreign language.

Cultural activities about twice a week:

  • museum visits
  • excursion to the UNESCO world heritage site Potsdam and Sansscouci
  • visit of the German Parliament
  • open air cinema & theatre
Course Program
Course structure

In this course, the entire city of Berlin is the classroom.

Participants are placed into groups based on the results of a placement test prior to the course.
You will receive a total of 80 contact hours.

Course topics are presented in various methods, with main focus on verbal conversation in authentic situations and learning from experience.

The syllabus is comprised of language instructions, where you can improve your German language skills, academic lessons with weekly foci on aspects of the German culture, politics, history and literature & theater and various cultural activities :

Language lessons

  • conversing
  • summarizing written texts
  • listening and reading comprehension
  • grammar
  • pronunciation

Academic lessons

  • lectures/ seminars
  • field trips/ excursions
  • workshops


Monday: 9.30 am – 11.00 am & 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Tuesday: 9.30 am – 11.00 am & 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday: 9.30 am – 11.00 am & 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Thursday: 9.30 am – 11.00 am & 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Friday: 9.30 am – 11.00 am & 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Cultural activities
HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Exhibitions…

Language Skills
German B1 – proof will be required
Student Profile

This course is designed for students of German Studies/ German Literature and all interested students, who do not only want to take language classes, but are also interested in topics concerning culture, literature, theater, history and society.

For optimal success in this course, we require a German fluency level of Advanced (C1/C2) or Intermediate (B1/B2).

The fluency levels of the language test are based on the guidelines set by the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages".

Allocation to a certain language level is based on information provided during registration and a placement test, which is done online shortly before the course starts.

The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

TBA - Qualified language teachers

The lecturers all have academic degrees and international teaching experience. In the varied teaching sessions they are highly committed to the learning progress of the students.

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