Fit 4 your future career in Germany

Certificate Program for international students in English master programs

LogoIf you can imagine staying in Germany after your graduation and applying for a job, this new program having started 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

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!

Please check the new module plan for the program!


  compulsory optional workload

Language courses from the level A 1.1 to A.2.2 at the Bereich DaF

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 (EngTr): 

  1. softskill training
  2. intercultural training


2 trainings in German (GerTr):

  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’ (LwG):

  1. How to apply for a job
  2. German Labor Law Principles
  3. Politics and Regional studies

each session lasts 90 minutes


Courses, seminars and other events

Please check regularly the events of the JobStarter program. There you will find fitting seminars, trainings and lectures for the Certificate Program. As a participant of the program you also will get a news letter per semester with current events during the new term.


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

Target group

  • international students in English master programs
  • at the start of the program you may be at most in your 2nd semester

German entrance language level

You may 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.


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.

If your timetable doesn’t allow you to attend these evening classes, you may 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 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 590€.

Application for the program

The application is possible each semester. To apply for the winter term 2019/20, please send an email to Reik Kneisel containing the following information in one PDF document until 16th August 2019:

  1. Short CV

  2. Bachelor certificate

  3. Admission for your Master Program

  4. Short letter of motivation highlighting the following points:

    1.  Why did you choose your master program and what is your planned specialization in the framework of your master program?
    2. Which experience during your working experience/internships/voluntary service/studies was the most helpful one in order to learn more about your own personal potential?
    3. Do you already have an idea about your future job opportunities?
    4. Would you like to start your working career in Germany and if so, what could be the advantages?
    5. Why would you like to participate in the program and how can you benefit from it?
    6. What is your current German language level and which level would you like to achieve until your graduation?