Fit 4 your future career in Germany

Certificate Program for international students in English master programs

If you can imagine staying in Germany after your graduation and applying for a job, this new program starting in the winter term 2017/18 is an ideal option for you. The preparation for the German job market is a project you should start with as early as possible and you should not delay it to the day after your graduation, especially if your German skills are still at a low level.

The program supports you with various offers in this process of orientation and skill enhancement from your first master semester until your graduation. Offering a huge flexibility to ease the coordination with your studies, the program is based on two main components:

  • language courses in German
  • seminars that systematically prepare you for the German job market such as job application and soft skill trainings

You can enter the program with any German level, even without any previous language skills in German. The minimum language level you have to achieve in the course of the program is A 2.2. But we advise you that your desirable language level in order to successfully enter the German job market should be at least B2. Further information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines the language levels, can be found on the DAAD-website. 

Once you successfully participated in all the compulsory activities of the program you will receive a certificate documenting the attended seminars. If this sounds interesting to you, apply for one of the 30 places in this program!

Target group

students in English master programs who start their master in the winter term 2017/18

(under the condition that places are available and that all program components can still be fulfilled, also students who started in the winter term 2016/17 or summer term 2017 may participate in the program)


Usually you start the program with your first master semester in order to properly distribute the several program components over 4 semesters. The latest possible entry is your 3rd semester. Exceptionally sessions from the component ‘Job preparation’ can also be attended up to one semester after your master thesis.


free of charge

Application for the Language courses

The language courses, organized by the Lektorat Deutsch als Fremdsprache, take place in the evening during the semester, you need to enroll at the online registration of the Lektorat in the registration period between 15th of August and 15th of September for the winter term 2017/18. If your timetable doesn’t allow you to attend these evening classes, you can apply for one of the limited places in an intensive language course in the semester holidays which takes place every year in September. The deadline for the admission is the 10th of July. Further information on the intensive German language course in September 2017 can be found on the websites of the Study Preparation Course. This study preparation course in September is not included in the programm and costs 580€.


  compulsory optional workload

Language courses from the level A 1.1 to A.2.2

Language courses with the destination of B1 & B2 each language level takes around 72 hours workload per semester
Job preparation 1 language course in German ‘business German’   During one semester (2 SWS = 90 minutes attendance per week)

2 trainings in English: 

  1. Intercultural training
  2. Soft skill training


2 trainings in German:

  1.  Creating my individual competence profile
  2. Job application training
  3-4 hours per training
  Attendance of at least 3 sessions of the JobStarter program   depending on the session
  Attendance of at least 3 sessions of the English seminar cycle ‘Living and working in Germany’   each session lasts 90 minutes


Application for the program

send an email to MS Johanna Schmidt containing the following information in one PDF document until 15th of August 2017:

  • Short CV

  • Bachelor certificate

  • Short letter of motivation highlighting the following points:

  1. Why would you like to participate in the program and how can you benefit from it?

  2. Do you already have an idea about your future job opportunities?

  3. Would you like to start your working career in Germany and if so, what could be the advantages?

  4. admission & title of your master program, planned specialization

  5. your current German language level and the level you would like to achieve until your graduation