There are many possibilities available to those wishing to learn German in Germany. Many language schools and exchange services are specially geared towards the needs of foreign students, often in cooperation with universities or international university clubs. Courses aimed at preparing international students for a period of study in Germany are available in Munich are available, for example, at the following institutes:
1. Universities and colleges
- German classes for foreigners at the Munich University of Applied Sciences
- German classes at the Munich University (LMU)
- German classes for foreigners at the language center of the Munich Technical University
- German as a foreign language at the Munich Language and Interpreter Institute
2. Other institutions
- Goethe-Institute: Learn German in Germany
- German classes in Munich
- Munich Adult Education Center – German as a foreign language
- TANDEM Munich e.V. Language School (TestDaf-Zentrum)
- Sprachschule Aktiv München – language school
- DUO: Deutsch-Uni Online - new online language classes for german and foreign students
A comprehensive list of institutions offering German language courses in Munich can be found at the following internet site (German only):
1. Universities and colleges
German classes for Foreigners at the Munich University of Applied Sciences
Department 13 General Studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences offers a 4-week intensive course in German. This course requires that participants already have an intermediate knowledge of the German language (Mittelstufe I). At the end of the course, participants should have reached a level where they are able to pass the DSH university admission examination.
The program is geared towards foreign applicants, matriculated students and anybody keen to improve their German. In a compact course and small groups, professors and tutors impart pedagogic and practical knowledge of the German language. In order to better estimate your abilities, you are advised to first sit a placement test.
Fakultät 13 - Studium Generale Hochschule München
Dachauer Straße 100a
Tel.: +49 (0)89/1265-4309
German classes at the Munich University (LMU)
The German courses at the Munich University are offered in close cooperation with the Ludwig-Maximilians University. The program of courses and examinations offered covers those which are required to study in Germany.
Courses are offered throughout the year (even during the holidays). The intensive course comprises six levels. Each level takes 8 weeks (comprised of 148 lessons in the case of the day-course, and 90 lessons in the case of the evening course). After completion of every two levels, an exam is sat. After the completion of all six levels, either the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber - German language examination for the admittance of foreign student applicants to German universites) examination (nine examination dates per year) or the TestDaF examination (six examination dates per year) can be taken. Anyone possessing a high school graduation (equivalent of a German Abitur) can take part in the courses.
Additionally, 'German courses at the Munich University', in association with the Office of International Affairs at the LMU, offers specialist courses which can be completed alongside your main course. Here you can also earn ECTS points.
German Courses at the Munich University
Dr. Bernd Wintermann
Adelheidstr. 13 b
German as a Foreign Language at the Munich Language and Interpretation Institute (SDI - Sprachen & Dolmetscher Institut München)
The Munich Language and Interpretation Institute (SDI), offers six intensive (24 hours a week) course levels for foreign students. The completion of the DSPII (Deutsche Sprachprüfung II - German language exam II) facilitates admission to all German universities and colleges.
The courses on offer also include TestDaF (course and exam)
The SDI is located in close proxinity to the LMU.
Baierbrunner Straße 28
2. Other institutions
Goethe-Institute: Learn German in Germany
The 13 Goethe-Institutes in Germany offer a wide range of courses and examinations in German as a Foreign Language. Courses are available for every level of ability, and orientated according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All include in-class tuition, independent study in the Media Library and a broad cultural and free time program.<p/>
The Munich Goethe-Institute is located in the city center between Sendlinger Tor and Karlsplatz/Stachus.
Kundenmanagement (Customer service)
Tel.: +49 89 15921-200
Fax: +49 89 15921-202
German classes in Munich
Director: Ulrich Linder
Tel.: +49 89 5519030
Fax: +49 89 551903-35
The Goethe-Institute in Munich also offers the companion course 'Fit im Studium' ('Fit for Study); https://www.goethe.de/ins/de/en/ort/mue.html
Munich Adult Education Centre – German as a Foreign / Second Language
The Munich Adult Education centre offers a diverse program of standard (2-4 times a week) and intensive (5 times a week) courses in German (levels A1 to C2+).
New beginners, intermediate and advances courses begin each month and lead to various examinations (Goethe German Certificate A1, B1, B2, C1, German for Busines Certificate B2, TestDaF, KDS, GDS)
Intensive courses are offered in August and September during the holidays.
Particular focus is places on preparation for the university admission examinations (DSH or TestDaF), the Central Advanced Tests at the Goethe-Institute (ZOP), the the Small German Diploma (KDS), and the Big German Language Diploma (GDS), as well as the test in German for Business(PWD).
Additional programs (once-twice a week): Grammar, conversation, writing workshop, aural understanding, online course, phonetics, IT, geography and literature, rhetoric, German in the museum, city tours, exhibitoin visits.
Courses are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5
Postfach 80 11 64
DUO: Deutsch-Uni Online (German University Online)
New online language classes for german or foreign students
The german Association for academic preparation/organization and test development [Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung (GAST)] developed in cooperation with the LMU Munich a new E-Learnig-Portal. German- Uni- Online [Deutsch-Uni Online], abbriviated DUO, is meant to help foreign student applicants to prepare for their studies in Germany in terms of language and culture. Additionally, also foreign language modules are avbailable for german students who are planning to go abroad, amongst others for English, French and Chinese. DUO is a nonprofitable offer. the costs of the online- course are between 99 and 199euro. More information is available online:
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