German for university studies - prep course for a semester abroad


Important information:

Due to the current Corona-Crisis we unfortunately have to cancel the September Preparation Course 2020!

We regret this very much.

If you have already registered for the course, our staff will contact you via e-mail. 
We will organise in September 2021 the next course. You will find information about this course by October on this webpage. We look forward to welcoming you in Kiel next year!




The International Center of Kiel University, the "Lektorat Deutsch als Fremdsprache" and the "Deutsch-Norwegische Studienzentrum" (DNSZ) will offer a German Language Course specifically designed for the needs of students of all subjects, wishing to spend a term at Kiel University or another German University. Emphasis is placed on practical language use. Our intention is to prepare the students for the everyday life at a German university. In addition to the practical language classes we will discuss social, political and cross-cultural topics.


German language course

Basic and intermediate courses with four levels of proficiency will be offered 18–20 hours of class per week (A I, A II and B I).

Level 1: beginners without any previous knowledge

  • For students who intend to enrol for English M.A. programs in Germany and who want to acquire basic knowledge about everyday life in Germany.

Level 2 & 3: lower intermediate and intermediate stage

  • For students with previous knowledge. Your proficiency in the German language will be classified based on a test at the beginning of the course.

Level 4: upper intermediate stage

  • For students who are advanced within the intermediate level and show relevant results in the placement test. 


Special programme for Norwegian students

Norwegian students can take part in an additional, contrastive course (1–2 afternoons a week), which is directed on special features of the language, but also on culture and everyday life. Basic knowledge of the German language is necessary to participate in this course.

Classes will take place at Kiel University. For over 50 years the »Lektorat Deutsch als Fremdsprache « has been offering language courses for foreign students wishing to study in Germany. Its instructors are experienced in language instruction and in systematic preparation of foreign students for studies in Germany.

Evaluation and certification

Students regularly attending classes and passing the final written exam will be awarded a certificate and 6 ECTS points.

Supplement programme / general information

Regional Excursions and Leisure Activities

  • guided tour in Kiel
  • day trips to the cities of Hamburg and Lübeck
  • visit the »Schleswig-Holsteinischer Landtag« (parliament)
  • visit the TV and radio broadcast station »NDR«
  • convivial evenings
  • sports opportunities (e.g. sailing, swimming, fitness)

Convivial evenings, such as a Welcome and Farewell-Party and a movie night shall serve as opportunities to meet new friends and practice your German.

Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, is located directly at the Baltic Sea and offers a wide range of attractive leisure activities, e.g. concerts, museums, shopping and restaurants.

Costs / registration / contact


EUR 600,– This fee includes all programme costs, excursions, classes and teaching materials. EUR 680,– This fee is for Norwegian participants and includes all programme costs, excursions, classes and teaching materials as well as the special courses.

Norwegian students (not students of German language and literature) can apply for a scholarship at the »Lånekassen«.

Accomodation is not included in the course fee. Upon request we can make single-room reservations in a residence hall or at the »Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig- Holstein« (WAK). Costs for monthly rent vary from EUR 200,– to EUR 250,–.

Information and registration

Please register by filling in the application form.


July 8th, 2020 or when the maximum number of participants is reached. An early registration is recommended.

For further information and registration please contact:

Artur Shageev
International Center
der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Westring 400
24098 Kiel
Tel. +49 431 880 3720
Fax +49 431 880 1666

Information for Norwegian participants:
Deutsch-Norwegische Studienzentrum
Leibnizstraße 4
D-24118 Kiel
Tel. +49 431 880 5244
Fax +49 431 880 1444
Internet: To the  Website