Training paths

German as a Foreign Language – Training Paths

Freie Universität Berlin, 
Copyright: picture-alliance/dpa In Germany there are numerous universities that offer German as a foreign language (GFL) or German as a second language (GSL) as undergraduate courses, Masters, Distance Learning or Further learning degrees. These degree programmes differ a great deal in terms of the subjects offered even though most of them carry the same title. On the following pages we aim to help all those interested in teacher training for GFL to see through the ‘jungle’ of programmes offered for German as a foreign language.

    Undergraduate degree programmes

    University of Augsburg
    German as a Second and Foreign language and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification (general or technical university entrance qualification)
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The curriculum covers linguistic requirements (semantic and grammar methods, communication analysis, intercultural communication), analysis of the German language (German grammar, vocabulary and dictionaries, varieties of German, style and idiomatic expression, specialist registers, recent history of the German language), German in contrast (contrastive linguistics, interference research and error analysis, basic German, main difficulties of the German language, contrast language), German as a contact language (multilingualism and language contact, mixed languages, social and linguistic situation of foreign workers in the Federal Republic of Germany) and teaching and methodology of German as a foreign language (acquisition of first and second language, methods of foreign language teaching, development of teaching materials and textbook criticism, dictionary studies, teaching of area studies).

    Other important information: A work placement is obligatory for students majoring in the subject, and highly recommended for students taking it as a minor. The work placement is supposed to cover 12 to 15 lessons and should include sitting in on classes, trial lessons/practical teaching activities.

    Contact person: Dr. Sonja Reiß-Held
    Contact: Mail Symbolsonja.reiss@phil.uni-augsburg.de
    Website: www.philhist.uni-augsburg.de/de/lehrstuehle/germanistik/DaF/



    Otto Friedrich University Bamberg

    Germanistik with the focus on German as a Foreign Language (diploma)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification and knowledge of three modern foreign languages (two for graduates of humanistic secondary grammar schools with qualifications in Latin and ancient Greek)
    The third – usually missing – foreign language is normally acquired during a semester or work placement abroad.
    No. of semesters: 8
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The subjects in the study programme are identical to those offered by “classic” Germanistik degrees. The study programme also teaches students in the following areas as part of the GFL specialisation: the psychology of foreign language acquisition, methods and theories of language comparison, methods and techniques of foreign language education, methods of foreign language instruction, area studies and literature in foreign language teaching, GFL as an occupation (study of institutions), development of teaching materials and curricula for GFL.

    Other important information: The study programme is aimed both at German and international students. International students require a high-school leaving certificate recognised in Germany and must sit a language examination. During the basic studies (Grundstudium) students must shadow at least 80 teaching hours, the advanced studies (Hauptstudium) contains a work placement of at least 120 teaching hours. Both practice-based phases take place at institutions where German as a foreign language is taught by Germanistik graduates.

    Contact person: Professor Helmut Glück
    Contact: Mail Symbolhelmut.glueck@split.uni-bamberg.de
    Website: www.uni-bamberg.de



    University of Bayreuth
    German as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Germanistik as major or minor (Magister) and as a minor (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    Two modern languages are also required. For international students German is accepted as the first foreign language.
    No. of semesters: 9 (Magister), 6 (Bachelor)
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course of study is geared towards students from all over the world who are interested in intercultural dialogue, intercultural skills, international (cultural) relations and, above all, in German as a foreign language and German culture. The degree programme has an interdisciplinary approach throughout. The subjects are presented in an education policy and practice-related educational context. The course of studies combines research on the forms and effects of intercultural communication with social and cultural science studies and the problems of intercultural learning.

    Contact person: Professor Bernd Müller-Jacquier
    Contact: Mail Symbolinterkulturelle.germanistik@uni-bayreuth.de, Mail Symbolmue-jac@uni-bayreuth.de
    Website: www.intergerm.uni-bayreuth.de



    University of Bielefeld
    German as a Foreign Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur – German university entrance qualification or equivalent qualification)
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 350 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The degree programme is aimed at students who are interested in international contacts, in working abroad, or in the area of language and culture in Germany or abroad. Currently more than half of the GFL students come from abroad, which means that interculturalism is an integral part of the programme above and beyond the course itself. The main subjects are the acquisition and teaching of German as a foreign and second language, linguistics and literature, forms and structure of the German language, applied linguistics and learning & instruction research, teaching placements and area and cultural studies. For international students the basic programme also includes a practical language course while students from Germany learn a contrast language (e.g. Russian, Italian, Turkish). Bachelor students can choose between two profiles (language teaching or intercultural communication) in order to gear their degree to their subsequent professional occupation.

    Other important information
    : The subject can be taken as a major or minor. There is no final examination but assessed course work during the semester instead.

    Contact person: Professor Claudia Riemer
    Contact: Mail Symbolclaudia.riemer@uni-bielefeld.de
    Website: www.uni-bielefeld.de



    University of Bremen
    Germanistik/German with the focus on German as a Second Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 500 euros for students resident outside the state of Bremen

    Main areas of the curriculum: The degree programme covers the field of Germanistik including the subjects (German) literature studies, linguistics and media/cultural studies. The intercultural dimension of the subjects is given special attention in the Bachelor programme, whereby all the above-mentioned subjects emphasise those aspects which arise through the exchange with non-German equivalents (literature, language, culture, people). This includes a compulsory elective focussing on German as a second language.

    Contact person: Professor Stefanie Haberzettl
    Contact: haberzettl@uni-bremen.de
    Website: www.fb10.uni-bremen.de



    Technical University of Chemnitz
    Germanistik with major in German as a Foreign and Second Language (Bachelor)
    and German as a Foreign and Second Language as a minor (Magister)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification (general or technical university entrance qualification) and knowledge of English or French plus Latin that allows the reading of academic literature and communication on every-day and specialist subjects.
    No of semesters: 6 (Bachelor), 8 (Magister)
    Tuition fees: none for students on their first undergraduate degree. Students embarking on a second degree have to pay fees of between 300 and 450 euros per semester.

    Main areas of the curriculum: The degree programme is divided into the following subjects: theories, models and methods of German as a foreign and second language, basic linguistic-teaching principles of German as a foreign and second language, pragmatic aspects of German as a foreign and second language, German-language specialised communication (technical, financial and legal language), intercultural socialisation, education and instruction (world religions, value hierarchies, cultural traditions, legislation), literary comparison – own and others’ views (national literature – migration literature), basic knowledge of a language of origin. In addition, elocution/oratory training and German phonetics for foreigners are offered.

    Other important information: The course includes a work placement as well as a job/teaching shadowing placement.

    Contact person: AP Dr. Winfried Thielmann
    Contact: Mail Symbolgabriele.rauer@phil.tu-chemnitz.de
    Website: www.tu-chemnitz.de



    Technical University Dresden
    German as a Foreign Language as major or minor (Magister) and GFL-specialisation in the degree programme Linguistics and Cultural Studies (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification (university entrance qualification, technical college entrance qualification or other equivalent qualification)
    No. of semesters: 6 (Bachelor), 9 (Magister)
    Tuition fees: none for students on their first undergraduate degree

    Key areas of the curriculum: The Bachelor degree programme in linguistics, literature and cultural studies is completed in two main subjects in three stages of modules corresponding to the three years of study as well as a general skills section to prepare students for working life.

    Other important information: A languages or cultural studies-based work placement in Germany or abroad lasting at least four weeks is an obligatory part of GFL as a major. For GFL as a minor a placement of this sort is also recommended. Proof of language skills in two modern foreign languages (minimum: intermediate level) has to be presented at the latest at the intermediate examination (Zwischenprüfung).

    Contact person: AP Dr. Gesine Schwiewer
    Contact: Mail Symbolgesine.schiewer@germ.unibe.ch
    Website: www.tu-dresden.de



    Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    Specialisation in German as a Foreign Language within the Germanistik degree programme (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The target group of the course specialisation are future German teachers and proofreaders abroad, teachers who teach German to foreigners in Germany (e.g. German classes to prepare students for further studies or support them during further studies) and all those who are interested in working with foreign languages and cultures. The course contents are the basic linguistic principles of teaching GFL, area studies, teaching and teaching methods for GFL. The following key areas are offered: migration research, area studies, culture theory, socialisation research and identity theory, intercultural education, comparative education systems, bilingualism and multilingualism research, teaching and methodology of intercultural language instruction and languages of origin/ partner languages.

    Other important information
    : The university maintains links to many partner universities abroad.

    Contact person: Professor Gabriele Pommerin-Götze
    Contact: Mail Symbolgabriele.pommerin@ewf.uni-erlangen.de
    Website: www.didaz.phil.uni-erlangen.de



    Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
    Minor in German as a Foreign Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course aims to give foreign students basic knowledge of the structure of the German language, the theoretical and practical aspects of learning and teaching German as a foreign language as well as the good German skills required to teach “German as a foreign language” in their home countries subsequently.

    Other important information
    : The course is only open to students whose mother tongue is not German. It is only possible to start this course at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Willy Michel
    Contact: Mail Symboldafphil@uni-freiburg.de
    Website: http://portal.uni-freiburg.de



    University of Greifswald
    German as a Foreign Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course centres on teaching foreign students German language, literature and culture. As well as knowledge of grammar, lexicology and area studies, the students are taught how to approach factual texts, literary texts and the media in foreign language classes.

    Other important information: As part of the degree programme a work placement lasting 360 hours in total must be completed in the semester break. The course can usually be started in the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Silke Jahr
    Contact: Mail Symboljahr@mail.uni-greifswald.de
    Website: www.phil.uni-greifswald.de



    University of Hamburg
    German language and literature with the focus on German as a Foreign Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur – German university entrance qualification or equivalent qualification recognised by the authority responsible)
    No. of semesters: 7 (includes one semester for examinations)
    Tuition fees: between 375 and 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The subjects taught are German language and literature in the written and oral forms. They are analysed in terms of their content, form and function as well as their relationship to other languages, literature and cultures. The course is divided into the subjects German language, older German literature, contemporary German literature and Low German language and literature. The subjects contemporary German literature and German language contain the key areas theatre and media, intercultural literature studies and German as a foreign language.

    Other important information
    : It is only possible to start this course at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Jochen Rehbein
    Contact: Mail Symbolrehbein@uni-hamburg.de
    Website: www.slm.uni-hamburg.de



    Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
    German as a Foreign Language Philology/Germanistik in Cultural Comparison (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: This study programme is specifically designed as a degree in Germanistik with the core subjects linguistics and literature, which give special attention to intercultural aspects. The core subject areas are supplemented with three other career-oriented subjects for students to choose from: teaching, media communication and intercultural business communication. The degree programme is particularly suited to students whose mother tongue is not German and who wish to become German teachers in their home countries or comparable occupations in the relevant cultural institutions abroad, such as press, radio and publishing.

    Contact person: Professor Gertrud M. Rösch, Professor Christiane von Stutterheim
    Contact: Mail Symbolidf@mail.idf.uni-heidelberg.de
    Website: www.idf.uni-heidelberg.de



    Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
    German as a Foreign and Second Language as major or minor (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification (general or technical university entrance qualification, special admission requirements for those working)
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course is a practice-oriented course based on academic principles. The central practice-oriented elements of the study programme are a project-based application module and a practical module for observing, analysing, planning and carrying out lessons. The work placement forms part of the practical module and can be completed in Germany or abroad. Applicants should show an interest in working abroad and be willing to embrace foreign languages and cultures. They should have a philological background, knowledge of foreign languages as well as a preferred orientation towards literature and cultural sciences subjects.

    Other important information
    : Abitur – German university entrance qualification with proof of advanced language skills in at least two foreign languages (of which one should be English).

    Contact person: Professor Hans Barkowski, Professor Hermann Funk
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf.daz@uni-jena.de
    Website: www.uni-jena.de



    University of Leipzig
    German as a foreign language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none for students on their first undergraduate degree

    Main areas of the curriculum: The Herder Institute is the oldest institute for German as a foreign language. The course is divided into the subjects linguistics, teaching/methodology, area studies/cultural studies and literature. The course is aimed at students who are interested in modern languages, intercultural exchange, in working as a teacher of German as a foreign language in Germany or abroad and/or in working as a language and cultural mediator in the field of culture and culture policy in Germany or abroad.

    Special features: Two foreign languages and knowledge of Latin is required. To consolidate their theoretical and specialist knowledge, the students complete an obligatory work placement (abroad) lasting several weeks in an establishment related to their field of study.

    Contact person: Professor Christian Fandrych
    Contact: Mail Symbolehmke@rz.uni-leipzig.de
    Website: www.uni-leipzig.de



    Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
    Cultural Sciences with German as a Foreign Language as a minor (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course in GFL/GSL includes 12 subjects with course elements of system linguistics and applied linguistics (with the focus on socio, practical and contrastive linguistics, language teaching, language learning and instruction research as well as intercultural area studies). For their major subject students can choose from: English Cultural Studies, European History, Germanistik, Philosophy.

    Other important information: It is only possible to commence the study programme at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Angrit Janakiev
    Contact: Mail SymbolBeatrix.Kaufhold@ovgu.de
    Website: web237.s12.typo3server.com



    Philipps University Marburg
    Teaching German as a Foreign Language as minor (diploma) and Politics/Sociology with German as a Foreign Language as voluntary elective (diploma)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 9
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: As part of the education science diploma, German as a foreign language can be studied during the advanced studies (Hauptstudium) as a minor subject. The curriculum includes linguistics in the German language, area studies/cultural studies and psycholinguistics. In addition, a teaching work placement with accompanying seminar forms part of the course. GFL as voluntary elective in the diploma courses politics and sociology covers linguistics in the German language, area studies/cultural studies and psycholinguistics /language instruction research.

    Other important information: It is only possible to commence the study programme at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Ruth Albert
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@staff.uni-marburg.de
    Website: www.uni-marburg.de



    Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
    German as a Foreign Language as major or minor (Magister)

    Admission requirements: Higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 9
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The subjects are linguistics, literature studies, literature instruction research, language learning and instruction research, intercultural hermeneutics, scientific communication research, technical communication research and area studies (Germany).

    Other important information: The course includes a work placement accompanied by instruction at an institution which teaches German as a foreign language. This work placement is obligatory for major students and recommended for students taking the course as a minor. It should encompass at least 100 working hours. German as a foreign language in Munich can currently be combined with 100 minor subjects. Knowledge of English and at least one other foreign language are desirable. It is also recommended that the students learn another modern language during the degree programme – if possible a non-indo-European – from scratch. A doctorate is possible in Munich in either the major or minor subject. The changeover to Bachelor degrees will take effect from the winter semester 2009/2010.

    Contact person: Dr. Gabriele Graefen
    Contact: Mail Symbolgraefen@daf.uni-muenchen.de, Mail Symbolinstitut@daf.uni-muenchen.de
    Website: www.daf.uni-muenchen.de



    Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
    Germanistik with GaFL/GaSLcomponents (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course contains GFL/GSL components in the lectures of the basic modules – language and culture as well as media and communication. A seminar addressing GFL/GSL is also offered. In the second year of studies an advanced module focussing on GFL/GSL can be elected. The bachelor thesis can also be written in this area. The third year of studies also contains a final module in GFL/GSL.

    Other important information: It is only possible to commence the study programme at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Ahmad Hosseinizadeh
    Contact: Mail Symbolahmad.hosseinizadeh@uni-oldenburg.de
    Website: www.uni-oldenburg.de



    University of Potsdam
    Germanistik with possibility of specialising in German as a Foreign and Second Language (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification (general university entrance qualification or successful completion of the qualifying examination relating to field of study)
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: As well as the subject-specific courses, there are a range of interdisciplinary study programmes (communications linguistics, foreign language linguistics, cognitive science, Jewish studies). The area of Germanic Linguistics is involved in the faculty centre of the same name, as part of the faculty profile 'Areas of Cultural Contact’.

    Contact person: Professor Heide Wegener, Dr. Uta Sändig
    Contact: Mail Symbolwegener@rz.uni-potsdam.de, Mail Symbolusaendig@rz.uni-potsdam.de
    Website: www.uni-potsdam.de



    University of Trier
    German as a Foreign Language as a minor (Bachelor)

    Admission requirements: higher education entrance qualification (general university entrance qualification or equivalent higher education entrance qualification of a Member State of the European Community or of another state) as well as knowledge of two foreign languages
    No. of semesters: 6
    Tuition fees: none for students on their first undergraduate degree

    Main areas of the curriculum: The central goal of the study programme is to equip the students with the basic skills in an academic-based and deliberated theoretical and practical approach to teaching German as a foreign language, with cultural and area studies (Germanistik) as well as with the basics of language, literature and cultural comparison and to enable them to work in the field professionally.

    Other important information: It is only possible to commence the study programme at the start of the winter semester. The study programme contains a two or three-month obligatory work placement to be completed in Germany or abroad. The department maintains numerous contacts with institutions offering work placements.

    Contact person: Professor Peter Kühn
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@uni-trier.de, Mail Symbolkuehn@uni-trier.de
    Website: www.daf.uni-trier.de

    Masters degrees

    University of Bayreuth
    German as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Germanistik (Master)

    Admission requirements: A Bachelor degree with the final grade “good”. Possible Bachelor subjects are Germanistik in a non-German-speaking country/intercultural Germanistik/German as a foreign language as major or a degree in a contemporary philology field (foreign languages; translation) or in the field of cultural studies (ideally with a xenological major such as ethnology, anthropology, intercultural communication, culture- comparative psychology/sociology/education) with a component in Germanistik. A relevant Magister degree or a diploma/state exams are, of course, also accepted as entrance qualifications.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course is aimed at students in Germany and abroad who are aiming for positions of responsibility in intercultural cooperation, in academia, politics, administration or business. The students learn to consider central aspects of the German language and culture from different perspectives and to compare cultural internal and external perspectives in particular. The students then enjoy diverse career prospects, especially in the fields of international cultural work or the teaching of language-intercultural skills. Research-oriented students can prepare a dissertation project while studying for the masters programme. There are close contacts with the international PhD programmes. The course is made up of the following modules: Germanistik, complementary studies, understanding the other and cultural mediation, the present-day German language and intercultural communication, culture, cultural relations and international cultural exchange, German-language literature as foreign literature, intercultural skills, research positions and methods of intercultural Germanistik.

    Other important information
    : a double masters degree in cooperation with the University of Utrecht is possible. Students can commence the programme at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Bernd Müller-Jacquier
    Contact: Mail Symbolinterkulturelle.germanistik@uni-bayreuth.de, Mail Symbolmue-jac@uni-bayreuth.de
    Website: www.intergerm.uni-bayreuth.de



    Humboldt University Berlin
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: An above-average degree in an undergraduate programme of a philological, linguistic or other language-related field is required.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The masters programme German as a Foreign Language is an interdisciplinary program with an international approach combining theory and practical experience. With a combination of classes, virtual teaching and a high proportion of self-study as well as intensive research seminars and projects, students acquire the skills which allow them to work in the fields: teaching German as a foreign language, in the design of curriculum and teaching material, further training for teachers of GFL or in scientific fields. The programme aims in particular to examine themes from the fields German linguistics, language learning and teaching research as well as the theory, empiricism and practical aspects of German as a foreign language.

    Other important information
    : Students can commence the programme at the beginning of the winter semester. The programme contains an obligatory semester abroad.

    Contact person: Professor Brigitte Handwerker
    Contact: Mail Symbolingrid.haefner@rz.hu-berlin.de
    Website: www2.hu-berlin.de/daf



    Technical University Berlin
    Communication and Language with the focus on German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: The follow-on masters programme in communication and language requires a Bachelor, diploma, Magister degree or state exam obtained at a German or foreign university in the humanities, social sciences, business, natural sciences, engineering or law.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The masters programme aims to give students a sound knowledge of communication studies-related language and other non-language sign processes and is also geared towards the teaching and use of language in foreign language and intercultural contexts. Building on a common basis, the masters programme allows complementary specialisations in the core subjects linguistics and communication science, media studies and German as a foreign language. The practice-based nature of the course is enhanced by the integration of intercultural aspects as well as the orientation towards specialist register research. The focus of the study of specialist registers – mainly engineering and natural sciences as well as economics – reflects the particular focus of the TU in this field of study.

    Other important information:
    When enrolling for the first module examination, proof of proficiency in two modern languages or in one modern language plus Latin is required.

    Contact person: Prof. Dr. Torsten Schlak
    Contact: Mail Symboltorsten.schlak@tu-berlin.de
    Website: www.daf.tu-berlin.de



    University of Bielefeld
    German as a Modern Language and Germanistik (Master)

    Admission requirements: A minimum of six semesters of a prescribed course of study in German as a foreign language or Germanistik at a university. The admissions board decides on the admission of graduates in comparable philological subjects on a case-to-case basis. In addition, knowledge of two foreign languages, one of them English, is obligatory.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 350 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The masters degree programme is geared towards students wishing to broaden their knowledge of matters related to the acquisition and teaching of the German language as a foreign and second language, in combination with linguistic or literature studies-related questions from the foreigner’s perspective, through academic study. Relevant related disciplines of the masters degree programme are foreign language research (language learning and instruction research, foreign/second language didactics, second language acquisition research), applied linguistics, linguistics, cultural and literature studies.

    Other important information
    : Students can commence the programme at the beginning of the winter or the summer semester, although the courses offered are structured for starting in the winter semester. Instead of a final examination, there is assessed course work and a master thesis.

    Contact person: Professor Claudia Riemer
    Contact: Mail Symbolclaudia.riemer@uni-bielefeld.de
    Website: www.uni-bielefeld.de



    Technical University Dresden
    Germanistik/Culture and Communication (Master) and Germanistik/Linguistics and Cultural Studies (Master)

    Admission requirements: Foreign applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of study with Germanistik as their major in their home country or who have completed a Bachelor programme or comparable qualification with a major in German are admitted to the masters programme. For the degree programme in Germanistik/linguistics and cultural studies, a degree in a relevant Bachelor programme or a degree programme at least equal to a bachelor is required.
    No. of semesters: 4-5
    Tuition fees: none for those on their first degree at the TU Dresden

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course Germanistik/Culture and Communication is geared towards students in the advanced stages of Germanistik who have already completed at least three years of study in their home country or who have acquired a Bachelor degree. The Germanistik programme guarantees all participants an intercultural and interdisciplinary course and, with the Master of Arts, a degree that is internationally recognised. The programme combines elements from the subjects contemporary German literature, German as a foreign language and applied linguistics with area studies-related excursions and work placements accompanying the study programme. Depending on the field the student decides to specialise in, during the programme the following fields are on offer as subsequent professional fields: international administration, culture or media management, teaching and management in universities, language and cultural institutes, media communication of companies and institutions, acquisition and product management or HR development.
    The Germanistik/linguistics and cultural studies programme comprises five compulsory elective modules: general and comparative linguistics, applied linguistics, German as a foreign language and German language linguistics. It leads to an academic qualification in Germanistik with specialisations chosen by the students in linguistics and cultural studies.

    Other important information:
    Students may commence the programme in the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Ulrich Fröschle
    Contact: Mail SymbolUlrich.Froeschle@tu-dresden.de
    Website: www.tu-dresden.de



    Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
    German as a Foreign Language/Teaching German as a Second Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: An undergraduate university degree with an overall grade of at least 2.5 in the area of contemporary philology, social and cultural studies or pedagogic-education science is required.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The main focus of the programme is on dialogue research, idiomatic expression, gestalt linguistics, language acquisition, language instruction, constructionism, the methodology and teaching of foreign languages.

    Other important information
    : Students may commence the programme in the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Klaus Müller
    Contact: Mail Symbolmarianne.brems@ku-eichstaett.de, Mail Symbolklaus.mueller@ku-eichstaett.de
    Website: www.ku-eichstaett.de



    Justus Liebig University Giessen
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: A Bachelor degree in Germanistik or comparable qualification is required.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course is clearly oriented towards teaching German in universities and schools outside German-speaking countries. Foreign language research in Giessen has a strong emphasis on modern languages learning with digital media. The five main subjects of the programme are foreign language didactic and psycholinguistic positions, teaching language, literature and area studies, digital media in guided and non-guided GFL acquisition, a project in the field of teaching language, literature and area studies and current research topics in the field of GFL.

    Other important information
    : Students may commence the programme at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Dietmar Rösler
    Contact: Mail Symboldietmar.roesler@germanistik.uni-giessen.de
    Website: www.uni-giessen.de



    University of Göttingen
    Intercultural Germanistik/German as a Foreign Language (Master) and Intercultural Germanistik Germany – China (Master)

    Admission requirements: Students must have completed six semesters and attained a Bachelor degree in a relevant subject from a German university with a minimum grade of 3.0. Other equivalent degree qualifications may be recognised. Proficiency in two modern languages must be also be proved.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: The programme examines the basic conceptual, theoretical and methodical principles of interculturalism.

    Other important information
    : The course can be started in the winter semester. There are diverse international cooperation programmes which have led to numerous scientific projects on intercultural and culture-contrastive topics. There is also a double masters programme in intercultural Germanistik Germany – China at the department of German Philology. This prepares the students for work as cultural mediators in the German-Chinese field. The programme is offered by the universities of Göttingen and Nanjing as well as the Beijing Foreign Studies University. During the course the students, half of whom are German and half of whom are Chinese, work together in tandem groups and learn in practice what they have been studying in theory, namely intercultural cooperation. Alongside the degree subjects, the German students learn Chinese and the Chinese students improve their knowledge of the German language. They all study together in Göttingen in the first year, and then go to China together for one year.

    Contact person: Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@phil.uni-goettingen.de
    Website: www.uni-goettingen.de



    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: The degree programme is geared towards all university graduates with a Bachelor degree in a philological field. The GFL masters programme can also be combined with all the masters degree programmes offered by the university. Reading skills in two modern foreign languages or in one modern foreign language and Latin are also required.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The key goals of the masters programme are to train teachers in the instruction of the German language and culture in Germany and abroad, study of the subjects and methods of the field as well as a scientific dialogue with the related academic fields, promotion of the German language and culture in Germany and abroad and promotion of the intercultural and international dialogue.

    Other important information
    : Students may commence the programme in the winter semester.

    Contact person: Margitta Drosdziok
    Contact: Mail Symbolmargitta.drosdziok@germanistik.uni-halle.de
    Website: www.germanistik.unihalle.de



    University of Hamburg
    Language Teaching Research (Master)

    Admission requirements: Successful completion of a foreign language degree.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: between 375 and 500 euro per semester

    Main areas of the curriculum: During the programme students can select one of the following profiles by focusing on certain subjects: foreign language acquisition, intercultural communication/multilingualism and foreign language teaching. Depending on the profile, the central areas of study are, for example, the requirements, processes and results of foreign language acquisition and communication processes, language-cultural differences between one’s own and others’ communication patterns as well as didactic, learning theory and practical teaching aspects of foreign language instruction.

    Other important information
    : It is only possible to commence the programme at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Klaus Hartenstein
    Contact: Mail Symbolslf@uni-hamburg.de
    Website: www.slm.uni-hamburg.de



    Friedrich Schiller University Jena
    Germanistik in a non-German-speaking country/German as a Foreign Language/German as a Second Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: To be admitted, applicants must prove that they have completed a Bachelor or other academic qualification at a German or foreign university with a prescribed course of study lasting at least six semesters in the field of Germanistik or in a subject with Germanistik components. For degrees in Germanistik, students must have attained a minimum overall grade of “good”; for degrees in a field other than Germanistik, students must prove that the average grades attained in the modules relating to the Germanistik segment of the course were a minimum of “good”. In addition, language skills in at least two modern foreign languages, including English, are required for admission.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The disciplines studied are theoretical and applied linguistics, skills and testing and examining, media didactics and research, cultural exchange and multilingualism, foreign languages in professional life and planning skills. Compulsory elective profiles are Germanistik in a non-German-speaking country, German as a second language, language and cognition, intercultural HR development and communications management, Romance studies, regional studies – Caucasology.

    Other important information
    : It is only possible to commence the programme in the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Hans Barkowski, Professor Hermann Funk
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf.daz@uni-jena.de
    Website: http://www.uni-jena.de



    University of Kassel
    German as a Foreign and Second Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: Applicants must have attained an undergraduate degree with at least six semesters in German for a teaching degree or the major subject exam in Germanistik of the University of Kassel or another university/university of applied science with a minimum grade of “good”, or an equivalent degree in the relevant subjects with at least six semester at a non-German university with a minimum of an “upper second”.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: the following modules are offered: basic theoretical and practical principles of the field, the acquisition and teaching of foreign and second languages, advanced academic skills, a teaching placement, research project, basic planning principles for teaching GFL/GSL, subjects taught in GFL/GSL, media learning environments, current trends and developments.

    Other important information
    : It is only possible to commence the programme at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Dagmara Warneke
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@uni-kassel.de
    Website: daf.uni-kassel.de



    University of Leipzig
    German as a Foreign Language (Master), binational programmes: German as a Foreign Language Germany – Spain (Master), Germany – Mexico (Master), Germany – Egypt (Master), Germany – USA (PhD)

    Admission requirements: Bachelor degree with German as a foreign language as the main subject or comparable degree.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none for the first degree

    Main areas of the curriculum: The Herder Institute is the oldest institute for German as a foreign language. The programme German as a foreign language is a foreign languages philology course. The course is divided into the subject areas linguistics, didactics/methodology, area studies/cultural studies and literature. The course is aimed at graduates with excellent degrees in German as a foreign language and Germanistik or related courses who are particularly interested in deepening their knowledge with scientific study in the cultural region relevant to their course of study. To consolidate their theoretical and practical skills the students complete an obligatory work placement (abroad) lasting several weeks in an establishment related to their field of study. The masters programme qualifies students for scientific-based professional activities which can lead to occupational as well as academic-oriented further qualification (PhD).

    Other important information
    : In Leipzig students can choose from three binational masters programmes: German as a Foreign Language: Estudios contrastivos de lengua, literatura y culturas alemanas in cooperation with the University of Salamanca, Spain, German as a Foreign Language in a Latin American context in cooperation with the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and German as a Foreign Language in an Arabic-German context in cooperation with the University of Cairo, Egypt. An international PhD programme in German as a Foreign Language/Transcultural Germanistik is also offered in cooperation with the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Students can commence the course at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Christian Fandrych
    Contact: Mail Symbolmaster-daf@uni-leipzig.de
    Website: www.uni-leipzig.de



    Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: a degree in the field of contemporary philology, cultural studies or pedagogy-educational science (Bachelor or equivalent with the final grade “good” and proof of at least four semesters of the required periods per week in linguistics (with evidence of academic achievement if not already included in course of study).
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The course has an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach and aims to prepare students for the wide range of activities in the field of foreign language adult education (as foreign language teachers/trainers etc.) and in culture mediation in Germany and abroad. As well as the acquisition of the relevant subject-specific knowledge, this includes, inter alia, the ability to conduct empirical investigations independently and carry out practice-based assignments. The study programme has a modular structure. All the courses are organised on a learning platform. Some of the courses are designed as e-learning modules. The following modules are offered: foreign language didactics, language and language teaching, literature and cultural studies, language teaching research/German as a Second Language (compulsory elective), multimedia/e-learning (compulsory elective).

    Other important information
    : Students must commence the course at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Eva-Maria Willkop
    Contact: Mail Symbolwillkop@uni-mainz.de
    Website: www.daf.uni-mainz.de



    Philipps University Marburg
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: A degree certificate equivalent to a German bachelor’s degree in German area studies or a related degree programme, proof of the required German-language competence, proof of obligatory academic counselling (in exceptional cases this can be substituted with a statement of motivation) and proof of participation in the self-assessment test. Competence in two modern foreign languages, among them English (in any case) at Level B1 is strongly recommended.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The focus of the study programme is on adult education in Germany and abroad. Based on a comprehensive knowledge of the German language to be conveyed both in terms of its linguistic description and through one’s own mastery of the language, the required contents for the DaF teaching profession taught in this study programme are as follows: solid knowledge of the language, literature and regional and cultural studies as taught in DaF instruction, comprehensive knowledge of the principles of teaching and learning in language instruction, and a reflective practice acquired in a guided internship. It is recommended that students combine the course of studies with practical experience as teachers. Existing contacts with universities abroad offer a wide spectrum of work placement opportunities.

    Other important information:
    Students can commence the course at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Professor Ruth Albert
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@staff.uni-marburg.de
    Website: www.uni-marburg.de



    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
    German as a Foreign Language (Master)

    Admission requirements: A Bachelor degree or other recognised equivalent qualification
    in Germanistik or German as a Foreign Language at a German at a German or foreign university.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The programme has both a linguistic (multilingualism research) and a teaching methodology and language pedagogy focus. The course is made of up of four compulsory modules (German grammar and grammar theory, German as a second and foreign language, contrastive linguistics and intercultural communication), a compulsory elective module, a practical module (work placement and accompanying classes) and a final module. Teaching methodology on the basis of the conclusions of language learning and instruction research and intercultural communication are the two main fields of the programme. The linguistic principles of multilingualism research provide the link between these two fields. The focus of the teaching and research activities is on issues concerning the language integration of immigrants with particular attention devoted to promoting multilingualism. Most of all the work in the field of intercultural pedagogy shapes the profile of the German as a Foreign Language programme at the University of Oldenburg.

    Other important information
    : Students can commence the course at the beginning of the winter semester.

    Contact person: Dr. Ahmad Hosseinizadeh
    Contact: Mail Symbolahmad.hosseinizadeh@uni-oldenburg.de
    Website: www.uni-oldenburg.de


    University of Potsdam
    Foreign Language Linguistics (Master)

    Admission requirements: A Bachelor degree in a philological field. Similar degrees from other universities are also considered, as are interpreting and translation degrees from universities of applied sciences.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main areas of the curriculum: The study programme is made up of a combination of two of the following subjects: German as a foreign language, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and communications linguistics. The programme is an applied programme that follows on from the Bachelor degree and mainly focuses on the changing role of linguistics in the information society and the functions of foreign languages in international communication. Language and linguistics in practice are key elements, as are computer and Internet-based research and training.

    Other important information
    : One semester abroad is recommended.

    Contact person: Professor Gerda Haßler
    Contact: Mail Symbolhassler@uni-potsdam.de 
    Website: www.uni-potsdam.de

    Distance learning degrees / further training programmes

    Goethe-Institut e. V., Munich
    Teaching German (distance learning programme)

    Entrance requirements: Applicants should have completed a university degree or vocational training course and have several years experience working as a language teacher. Exceptions may be made in special cases. A further requirement for non-native speakers is level C1 German proficiency or higher (for example Goethe Certificate C1 or higher).
    Duration: Maximum three years
    Costs: The costs are between 690 and 920 euros.

    Main course content: The programme contents are carefully aligned to the needs of teaching German. The following course types are offered: methodology and didactics of teaching German as a foreign language (especially for non-Germanistik graduates), the basic principles and concepts of teaching GaFL (an interdisciplinary further training block for Germanistik and contemporary philology graduates), German as a second language in elementary education (further training for pre-school teachers on enhancing language skills) and German as a second language in primary school (further training for primary school teachers).

    Other important information
    : Students can start the course at any time. Participants receive a certificate of advanced studies (Hochschulzertifikat) from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich or a certificate with a transcript of marks from the Goethe Institute. The certificate is highly acclaimed internationally.

    Contact: Mail Symbolfsk@goethe.de
    Website: www.goethe.de/deutschunterrichten



    IIK Düsseldorf e.V. Institute for International Communication in cooperation with the Heinrich Heine University
    Numerous further training courses in German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Costs: between 520 and 620 euros depending on the type and length of the course
    Main course content: The institute offers numerous further training events lasting several days on a wide range of subjects, e.g., Internet and German as a foreign language, teaching GaFL in adult education or business German.

    Other important information
    : Participants from EU countries may apply for a Socrates scholarship.

    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@iik-duesseldorf.de
    Website: www.iik-duesseldorf.de



    International House Freiburg
    German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: A general higher education entrance qualification is required. Students must be a minimum of 18 years old and also attend a personal interview.
    Length: Four four-week courses per year are offered.
    Costs: The costs for a four-week course are 1,349 euros.

    Main course content: The course is suitable for people who have no previous teaching experience as well as for teachers with no formal training in the area of German as a foreign language, but it can also be taken as a further training course. The course contents are: language analysis, planning effective lessons, class management, teaching processes and techniques, learners and learning contexts, organising one’s own development as a teacher.

    Other important information
    : The classes are made up of eight to twelve participants from various nationalities and age groups.

    Contact: Mail Symbolihtt@daf-lehrer.de
    Website: www.ihfreiburg.de



    Distance learning degrees and further training at universities

    University of Bonn
    German as a Second and Foreign Language (further training course)

    Entrance requirements: Applicants must provide proof of German language skills. The following qualifications are accepted: a university entrance qualification acquired at a German-language school abroad,  successful completion of a degree course at a German-language university, the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) certificate for foreign student applicants, TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische Studienbewerber) with level 4 performance in all sub-tests, the FSP admissions test in German, the KMK German language diploma – level 2, the Short German Language Diploma (Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom), Long German Language Diploma (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom), and the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung of the Goethe Institute.
    Costs: approx. 980 euros for the entire course

    Main course content: The programme is aimed at graduates of contemporary philology subjects or similar and offers them the possibility of further training in language and culture education. The course gives the future language teachers knowledge of learning and teaching theory as well as the methodology and didactics of teaching German language and culture. Students are also taught the basic linguistics principles needed for effective language instruction. Furthermore, the programme is also practice-based: in a compulsory work placement supported by tutoring, the participants learn to put the skills they have acquired into practice and to evaluate their own teaching activities.

    Other important information
    : Students may begin the programme, which lasts 10 months, in September or February. The course contents are taught in six modules. Students are assessed on these modules and their performance is indicated in grades. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the course successfully.

    Contact person: Elisabeth Linden
    Contact: Mail Symbolelinden@uni-bonn.de
    Website: www.daf.uni-bonn.de



    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Certificate in German as a Foreign Language

    Tuition fees
    : 500 euros per semester for those taking their first degree
    Main course content: This programme is aimed mainly at those entering the field from other areas, e.g., those with a German diploma or Magister and those with degrees from universities abroad. The course contents include the basic linguistics principles of teaching GaFL, German area studies, methodology and didactics of teaching GaFL. The main subjects are: migration research, area studies, cultural theory, socialisation research and identity theory, intercultural pedagogy, comparative education systems, bilingualism and multilingualism research, didactics and methodology of intercultural language lessons and languages of origin/partner languages.

    Other important information
    : The department has links with numerous partner universities abroad. Students may begin the programme in the winter or the summer semester.

    Contact person: Professor Gabriele Pommerin-Götze
    Contact: Mail Symbolgabriele.pommerin@ewf.uni-erlangen.de
    Website: www.didaz.phil.uni-erlangen.de



    Georg August University Göttingen
    Additional qualification in Intercultural Germanistik/German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: BA, teaching or Magister studies at the philosophy faculty of the University of Göttingen
    No. of semesters: 2
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main course content: The additional qualification consists of two module packages which are compatible with the various BA programmes of the philosophy faculty. Students from the old teaching degree and Magister programmes may also participate. In addition, BA students have the possibility of taking a ‘taster module’ in intercultural Germanistik as their elective or compulsory elective. In the elective or compulsory elective module (‘taster module’) intercultural Germanistik the students gain an overview of the development and structure of the field of intercultural Germanistik /German as a second and foreign language, of concepts, research approaches and methods as well as the basic principles of intercultural foreign language didactics. The module package I is designed for BA students with a teaching degree focus. The students acquire basic knowledge of cultural mediation and language instruction and learning research. The module package II, which is designed for all other BA degrees and profiles, contains an accompanying course providing an “Overview of Intercultural Germanistik /German as a Foreign and Second Language” as well as an additional practice-based module on the teaching of language and culture in addition to the course content of module package I.

    Other important information
    : It is recommended that students undertake the additional qualification in the fourth and fifth semesters.

    Contact partner: Marion Clemens
    Contact: Mail Symbolmarion.clemens@phil.uni-goettingen.de
    Website: www.uni-goettingen.de



    Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: An undergraduate degree in Germanistik. The postgraduate course is considered an addition to a teaching degree or Magister degree programme; it is open to foreign students of other disciplines with a Germanistik component. Academic achievements acquired in other degree programmes or at other German universities will be recognised if they are of equal value.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: none

    Main course content: The programme is oriented toward the German language and the cultural area from a xenological perspective. The differences and common areas of the cultural backgrounds (cultural difference) are used. Compulsory subjects are present-day German as a foreign language, German literature as foreign literature, area and regional studies on the German-speaking countries and the didactics of German as a foreign language.

    Contact person: Margitta Drosdziok
    Contact: Mail Symbolmargitta.drosdziok@germanistik.uni-halle.de
    Website: www.germanistik.uni-halle.de



    University of Kassel
    Foreign Language German Teaching in Theory and Practice (distance learning degree) and Didactics and Methodology of German as a Foreign/Second Language (distance learning degree)

    Entrance requirements: The degree programme in foreign language German teaching in theory and practice is aimed at those with a university degree in Germanistik. Graduates of other contemporary philology subjects must be able to prove several years of teaching experience in German as a foreign language. Furthermore, they must also complete a preparatory course in Germanistik – also a distance learning course with a maximum of four distance learning units. The degree programme in didactics and methodology of German as a foreign/second language is also aimed at people who have completed an undergraduate degree and who have teaching experience in GaFL/GaSL.
    Costs: The course in foreign language German teaching in theory and practice costs 1160 euros including materials and postal charges (within Germany). The fees for the preparatory course in Germanistik are 500 euros. The distance learning course in didactics and methodology of German as a foreign/second language costs 870 euros including the materials, final assignments and reports.

    Main course content: The course in foreign language German teaching in theory and practice is composed of eight distance learning units, of which four are compulsory. These are: basic principles of first and foreign language acquisition, methods of teaching German as a foreign language, applied linguistics, problems of assessing performance. The course in didactics and methodology of German as a foreign/second language is comprised of six distance learning units. The distance learning course is designed as a further training course in the area of didactics and methodology of GaFL/GaSL.

    Other important information
    : The distance learning units are devised in such a way that they can be completed without additional literature. The course is completed purely as a distance learning course. The distance learning units and the final examinations (assignments to be sent in) can be completed at home. A certificate with the grade attained is awarded upon successful completion.

    Contact person: Monika Asche, Ute Koithan
    Contact: Mail Symbolfernkurs@uni-kassel.de
    Website: www.uni-kassel.de



    Christian Albrecht University of Kiel
    German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: GaFL candidates are students of German (Bachelor/
    Master) with another language subject who have successfully completed the three basic modules in German and – up to and including the winter semester 2009/2010 –
    students of a language subject (teaching degree/Magister) who have successfully completed the basic studies (Grundstudium) in this language subject.
    No. of semesters: 3
    Tuition fees: none

    Main course content: The German-as-a-foreign-language courses examine the basic questions of foreign language teaching while taking into account linguistic, contrastive-linguistic, psycholinguistic, intercultural and didactic aspects. The course relates to the transfer of these elements into the practical teaching of German as a foreign language at all times.

    Other important information
    : Students can only begin the programme at the start of the winter semester.

    Contact person: HD Dr. Sonja Vandermeeren
    Contact: Mail Symbolvandermeeren@germsem.uni-kiel.de
    Website: www.germsem.uni-kiel.de



    Philipps-Universität Marburg
    Advanced Training Programmme German as a Foreign Language – Online (M.A.)

    Entrance requirements: General admission requirements for the master’s degree programme are as follows: Proof of successful completion of an academically relevant bachelor’s degree programme in German area studies or in a related area, or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professionally qualifying university degree, in addition proof of professional teaching experience in German as a foreign language, in general not less than one year. Special requirements are: proof of the required German-language competence for non-native speakers, proof of participation in an obligatory academic counselling and proof of participation in an obligatory self-assessment test.
    No. of semesters: The number of semesters depends on the time frame within which one is able to study, students themselves select the number of modules per semester they wish to complete.
    Tuition fees: 11,400.00 euros (to be paid in instalments for the respective modules being completed), plus semester fee.

    Main course content: This application-oriented advanced-training master's programme, "German as a Foreign Language – Online" is an academic professional training programme for teachers in Germany and abroad who are already active professionally and wish to enhance their qualifications for the purpose of professional advancement. The course is oriented to this profession and to the knowledge and skills necessary for training in this profession. It nonetheless takes prior acquisition of practical skills into account.

    Other important information: Except for a brief mandatory personal attendance period of two to three weeks for the final examination and for pronunciation training, the entire course takes place exclusively online. Students decide for themselves when they complete the learning modules and study in their own tempo. Fixed times are set only for the final exam, which is offered several times a year. Personal advising is online with an online tutor. In addition, the advanced-training master’s programme as an online course of study offers students the option of continuing work in their profession while gaining additional training in their profession as well as obtaining a master's degree.

    Contact person: Prof. Dr. Ruth Albert
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@staff.uni-marburg.de
    Website: www.uni-marburg.de



    Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
    German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: Students must have successfully completed a teaching degree or a Magister in a contemporary philological subject (with the final grade 2.0 or higher) or have successfully completed the basic studies (Grundstudium) of a teaching degree or a Magister programme in a contemporary philological subject and two main courses (at least one within the contemporary philological degree programme) or have completed a BA degree in a contemporary philological subject (with the final grade 2.0 or higher).
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 275 euros per semester

    Main course content: Students of the certificate gain knowledge in the five areas of linguistics, literature in the field of GaFL, German language in its different forms of usage: media, culture, society, specialist language communication and other, learning and teaching GaFL, teaching in practice including a contrast language. In addition, the students complete a four-week-long work placement abroad and learn the basics of a contrast language. This aims to allow students to reflect on their skills already acquired and the skills still to be acquired in the area of foreign language teaching on the basis of their own experiences with learning a non-indo-European foreign language. Students must prove that they have attended at least two language courses.

    Contact person: Dr. Andrea Bachmann-Stein
    Contact: Mail Symboldaf@uni-muenster.de
    Website: www.uni-muenster.de



    University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken
    German as a Foreign Language (postgraduate qualification)

    Entrance requirements: The postgraduate course of study should generally follow on from an undergraduate degree and complement the mostly theoretical/ academic skills acquired in the undergraduate programme with a more practice-based course which prepares students for professional life. The formal requirements for enrolment are the successful completion of a teaching degree (all types of school) or a Magister, diploma or PhD programme in cultural studies subjects at a university in Germany or a non-German-speaking country abroad. Those who wish to study German as a foreign language but who have some other sort of degree qualification (for example, in a non-cultural-studies subject or a qualification from a university of applied sciences -Fachhochschule) may also be admitted to the postgraduate degree but must apply specially for admission and have compelling reasons for admission. The chairman/chairwoman of the examination board then decides whether to accept the application.
    No. of semesters: 4
    Tuition fees: 500 euros per semester

    Main course content: The programme is divided into the following areas: subsidiary skills in a foreign language not taught in schools, problems associated with learning and teaching German as a foreign language, linguistics of the present-day German language, German literature from the foreigner’s perspective, area and cultural studies in the German-language region and foreign cultural policy and the situation of the German language in the world.

    Contact person: Professor Lutz Götze
    Contact: Mail Symboll.goetze@mx.uni-saarland.de
    Website: www.uni-saarland.de



    University of Siegen
    German as a (specialist) Foreign and Second Language (Certificate)

    Entrance requirements: The certificate can be acquired by students of the teaching degrees in German, English, French and Spanish, as well as students of the BA programme Language and Communication as well as the MA programmes Language and Linguistics and Foreign Languages in Adult Education/Applied Linguistics of the University of Siegen.

    Main course content: The courses cover the subjects intercultural communication /area studies/German literature as foreign culture literature, methodology and didactics of GaFL/GaSL, basic grammar GaFL/GaSL, language acquisition research/contrastive linguistics, a project seminar, German as a specialist foreign language and language courses.

    Other important information
    : The certificate is only valid in combination with a degree in one of the afore-mentioned degree programmes.

    Contact person: Gisela Schwung
    Contact: Mail Symbolsekretariat@sisib.uni-siegen.de
    Website: www.fb3.uni-siegen.de
    Information collated by Lutz Happel. He studied German as a Foreign Language and works as a freelance journalist in Berlin.

    Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Online-Redaktion
    May 2009