German classes

Although the lectures will be held in English and mandatory German classes will be offered to everybody, we recommend to take some German classes upfront (Level A1 or higher). Why?

  • You will be able to communicate with Germans who do not speak English, e.g. fellow students from the bachelor classes, the friendly lady from the grocery store or the staff from the "Ausländerbehörde".
  • In general it increases your positive cultural experience in Germany, will allow you to find German friends and to dive into the German culture, e.g. by becoming a member in a sports club.
  • Finding an internship, working on a master thesis and finding a job becomes so much easier!

After finishing your course, good German skills are an extremely important success factor to pave your way into working life. Especially small and medium sized companies will typically require good German skills.

During your course you will take German classes and you have to reach a mandatory level of A2. However, this level is only a starting point. If you learn German upfront we will place you in advanced and proficiency classes up to level C.

Motivation

Although all classes and exams will be provided in English, basic knowledge of the German language will help you very much to communicate with German colleagues and also will it be easier to find a job. Especially in more traditional industries, German rather than English is the major and sometimes even only language of communication.

Therefore, all MSE students whose native tongue is not German must participate in mandatory German classes offered by the university especially to them. After arriving at h_da, students‘ proficiency level will be appraised within the first week of September through a German language aptitude and placement test.

According to the result, students will then be placed into one of three levels (beginners, basic, and advanced). As of the second week in September, students will attend German classes daily in the morning, Monday through Friday, until the  end of the month.

Everybody has to reach level A1 before starting with the internship and A2 before starting with the master thesis. These certificates are a mandatory course (5CP) of our master programme.

Course structure

Our course structure consists of the following elements:

Language level test

During the first week of September, language level tests will be performed to check your German level.

A1 course

  1. Intensive phase A1 (every day) - during September
  2. Extensive Phase A1 (once a week) - October until January
  3. Exams for A1 level - beginning of February

A2 course

  1. Intensive phase A2 (every day) - February until March
  2. Extensive Phase A2 (once a week) - April unil June
  3. Exams for A2 level - beginning of July

Please note: As the course will continue during February / March, you are obliged to stay in Darmnstadt during that period.

Regulations

To succesfully pass a course, you have to

  • Be present during at least 90% of all classes (for your oral mark) and
  • Get a satisfactory oral mark and
  • Get a satisfactory written mark at the end of the course

Students who already have successfully followed a German class before they come to the h-da can transfer these credits. Please contact the language centre (Mrs Palm) for details.

Upfront studies

Although it is not mandatory required, we recommend students to use the time before they come to Germany for upfront studies of the German language.

Especially those who cannot make it in time until 1st of September have to start with own studies upfront, as the rest of the students already have started with German classes before.

Some hints for preparing German:

  • Check if some local institutions like the Goethe Institut are available in your town. They offer gigh quality language courses.
  • In our courses we use the following book: Berliner Platz neu, Langenscheidt Verlag (Band 1, ISBN-Nr.: 978-3-468-47202-2). We hope you will be able to purchase this book in your country.

In addition, you may want to check and work with the website of the Deutsche Welle www.dw-world.de and select "Learn German" in the head menu. Chose one of the following courses:

  • Deutsch Interaktiv
  • Mission Europe
  • Deutsch, warum nicht?