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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

2. Other institutions


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.

Gerda Walter
Fakultät 13 - Studium Generale Hochschule München
Dachauer Straße 100a
80636 München
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
80798 Munich
Tel: +49/89/2712642
Fax: +49/89/2711936


German classes for Foreign Students at the Language Center of the Munich Technical University

Arcisstr. 21
80333 München
Tel.: +49 89 289-25009 oder-25457
Fax: +49 89 289-22840


German as a Foreign Language at the International University SDI Munich

The International University SDI Munich offers several course levels for foreign students, and this as courses in presence, online courses as well as international summer courses. You can pass the following exams there: TestDaF and telc C1 Universiry.

Refugees able to study at a university are offered courses from the DAAD programme Integra.

International University SDI Munich
German as a foreign language
Baierbrunner Straße 28
81379 München

Phone: +49/89/288102-0

2. Other institutions

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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)
Goethestraße 20
80336 München
Tel.: +49 89 15921-200
Fax: +49 89 15921-202


German classes in Munich

Director: Ulrich Linder
Sonnenstraße 25
80331 München
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);


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
81611 München
tel.: +49/89/48006-6155


TANDEM Munich e.V. – Language School (TestDaf-center)

Kurfürstenplatz 5
80796 München
Tel.: +49/89/2803-70
Fax: +49/89/2803-71

Office hours: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 13.30 h

Mon - Thurs 16.00 - 19.00 h


Sprachschule Aktiv München
international language school

Office and Counseling
Heßstr. 90
80797 München
Tel.: +49 89 200624-35 or -36
Fax: +49 89 20062454

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri 10.00 - 18.00 h


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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