German Courses

A1, A2 and so forth – what does that mean?

These appellations pertain to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR distinguishes between three levels of proficiency that describe what learners are able to understand and express at each level: A for basic users, B for independent users, C for proficient users. These three proficiency levels are further subdivided into a lower and an upper skill level: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Elementary), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Upper Intermediate), C1 (Advanced), C2 (Mastery).


How is my entry level assessed?

Each new student who already possesses some prior knowledge of German is first made to take an assessment test prior to admission, so that we can assign him or her to the right class.

If you are simply interested in finding out how good your German is, we also offer this assessment test as separate service, for a small fee of 30 €. If you should afterwards decide to take one of our German courses, the fee for the assessment test will of course be deducted from the course fee.

A proficiency certificate that you have already obtained does allow us to make a guess which entry level might be the right one for you, but it is no substitute for our assessment test. The latter is indispensable, ensuring that you get off to a smooth start and are able to follow the teaching without difficulty.

Solely applicants who can present a recent onSET online language assessment test certificate are exempt from our assessment test.


Which German courses does Studienkolleg Düsseldorf offer?

For people who wish to improve their knowledge of German for professional or personal reasons, we offer private lessons and group lessons with individual contents and times, on all proficiency levels from A1 to C2. A private lesson in German (45 minutes) costs 45 €; for group lessons, which for example are suitable for corporate employee trainings, the course fee depends upon the number of participants. We would be delighted to make you a tailor-made offer.

Furthermore, we always offer Intensive German Courses with 5 x 5 lessons a week. These courses are as intensive as the name suggests.

with 5 x 5 lessons a week. These courses are as intensive as the name suggests.

All our German courses optimally prepare participants for the examination for a language proficiency certificate (telc or Goethe) of the corresponding level. Courses culminate in the relevant examination. As a licensed telc test centre, we conduct the telc examinations in-house.

For foreign university applicants who would like to take one of our Foundation Courses, but do not yet have a German B2 language proficiency certificate, we offer special Prep Courses.

For foreign university applicants who already hold a German university entrance qualification and have been offered a place at a German university, we offer special preparatory courses for the “German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign Study Applicants” (DSH) and/or the TestDaF examination.


What does the telc examination involve?

The examination takes place on our premises and comprises both a written and an oral part.

The examination consists in the following components:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written expression
  • Oral expression

Here you will find a sample of a telc examination of B2 level as well as further information material. Additional sample examinations for other levels can be found here.


How do I enrol in a German course at Studienkolleg Düsseldorf?

If you are already in Germany, the best thing for you to do is to use the contact form to arrange a personal counselling session with us. We can conduct the admissions assessment test at the same time.

If you are not in Germany yet and need a visa for attending a German language course in Germany, the process is as follows:

  • First, you gather all required documents (completed and signed registration form, proof of German language proficiency, if available, a copy of your passport) and submit them to us.
  • Once you have successfully registered, we will e-mail you an invoice with payment instructions.
  • As soon as we have received payment from you, we will e-mail you a registration certificate. You can then use that registration certificate to apply for a visa at the responsible German embassy or consulate-general in your home country.
  • Before your visa expires (in most cases 3 months after arrival in Germany), you need to apply for a residence permit at the local Aliens’ Registration Office. We would be delighted to advise you on this process.

What do the tuition fees include?

The tuition fees include the lessons, the admissions assessment test and its evaluation as well as participation in the accompanying cultural programme.


What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee, which is mandatory for students from non-EU countries, includes registration as a student of our college, the entry of all your personal data into our system as well as the issuance of an official registration certificate.


Do I have to pay the entire fee immediately after registration?

Yes, you must pay the all fees in full within 2 weeks after receiving our offer.


Can I cancel my registration if I cannot get a visa?

In case applicants have trouble obtaining a visa, we usually offer them the opportunity to postpone the starting date of their respective courses until the next semester. The same applies to all other difficulties for which the applicants themselves are not responsible. In situations like these, we may ask for proof, such as a rejection letter from the German embassy.

In case applicants cancel their registrations due to reasons for which they themselves are responsible, we charge a cancellation fee of 100 € (for Intensive German courses), provided that we are notified of the cancellation four weeks before the starting date of the course at the latest.

Unfortunately, no refund is possible for cancellations submitted later than four weeks before the respective course’s starting date.

The General Terms and Conditions of Studienkolleg Düsseldorf apply.


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