We offer German courses in four different categories:

  1. Every student at the university regardless of their status (full-time, part-time or exchange student), can attend our German courses during the semester. The courses convene once a week with two or four SWS.

  2. We also offer 3-week intensive courses   during the lecture-free period.

  3. For international students who wish to study at a German university and have to meet certain language proficiency requirements, we offer preparatory intensive courses  ( 1 - 3 semesters). These conclude with the respective examination (e.g. DSH).

  4. Every year in September, we offer a course in the skills and techniques necessary to pass the DSH examination.

General information

There is a wide range of German courses during the lecture period of every semester. These courses are structured as follows: 

  • 180 min. of instruction (2 x 90 min. per week)
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Taught at levels A 1 to C 1 (CEFR)

The goal of these courses is to provide students with the language skills necessary for mastering the challenges of daily life in Weimar and completing study tasks and university assignments. All of our courses conclude with an examination which assesses listening and reading comprehension, grammatical usage and writing skills. Oral communication skills are also graded.

Outside the lecture period, courses at all levels can also be attended as intensive courses in March and September.

Participation in a placement test is mandatory before entering the course system.

Target levelModules to be attended
A 1.11
A 1.21
A 2.11
A 1.11
B 14 (out of 5)
B 24 (out of 5)
C 14 (out of 5)

Credit Points

Students can receive 3 credit points (CP) if they regularly participate in a language course and attend at least 9 out of 12 sessions and pass the final examination.


The course fees are € 30 for students, € 45 for university employees and € 60 for guests.

Course system for German

Requirement for all courses

To enter the course system, it is necessary to participate in a placement test - either at the beginning of a semester or one of the intensive courses (March or September). 

After that no further placement test is necessary if all courses are attended regularly and successfully:


Last course attend at the Language 
Follow-up course
A 1.1A 1.2
A 1.2A 2.1
A 2.1A 2.2
A 2.2B 1.1
B 1.1B 1.2
B 1.2B 1Plus, 1st part
B 1Plus, 1st partB 1 Plus, 2nd part
B 1 Plus, 2nd partB 2 (4 B 2 modules need to be attended successfully to qualify for a B 2 certificate)
B 2C 1



Course dates 2017/2018

11 - 29 September 2017
12 - 29 March 2018

Course Details

The courses run for three weeks and provide ca. 60 classroom hours. Classes take place from 9.00 - 12.30 am, but there may also be some classes from 1.30 -3.00 pm.

A placement test on the first day of the course is manadatory for all new students. Students who have passed last semester's German tests at the Language Centre in Weimar do not need to take the test again. All classes start on the second day of the course.

Course fee

Students: € 40 | Staff members: € 60 | Guests: € 80 (if places are still available)

The course is free of charge for exchange students at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the College of Music ‘Franz Liszt’, who have just arrived in Weimar.

Click here to sign up online

University Preparatory Language Courses

Each semester we offer university preparatory language courses, which can help students acquire the German skills necessary for university study. The courses are taught at three different levels and are structured successively. At the end of each course, we administer the respective language examination (Zertifikat Deutsch, Mittelstufenprüfung, DSH). The German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Applicants (DSH) fulfils the German language requirement for enrolment at university in Germany.

Students with (conditional) admission to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar or the College of Music ‘Franz Liszt’ are given preferential consideration. If space allows, applicants from other universities and course auditors are permitted to attend these courses.

Course levels


Entry requirementsTarget level
Basic 1
(A 1 - A 2)
noneStart Deutsch (A 2)
(A 2 - B 1)
ca. 300 hours (A 2)Zertifikat DaF (B 1)
(B 1 - B 2)
ca. 600 hours (B 1)Mittelstufenprüfung (B 2)
(B 2 - C 1/2)
ca. 1.000 hours (B 2)Deutsche Sprachprüfung an Hochschulen (DSH)


Course fees

Summer semester 2017€ 1.150
Winter semester 2017/18€ 1.250

Application Deadline:

  • 31 December (summer semester) 
  • 30 June (winter semester) 
  • or for as long as places are available in the respective courses.

For more information and registration forms, please download and complete the following file. Please speak with our staff at the Administration Office to inquire if places are available BEFORE registering for a specific course. To register, please send us your registration form by mail, fax or post. You will find our address printed on the registration form.

--> Registration form for the winter semester 2017/2018



Intensive language course to prepare for the DSH examination

Every September the Language Centre offers a two-week intensive language course to help students prepare for the German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Applicants (DSH).

Please note:

This course is only open to students of/applicants for Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the College of Music ‘Franz Liszt’ in Weimar.


  • conditional admission letter

  • proof of German at B 2/C 1 level.

Participants should already have very good German skills before taking this course, as its purpose is not to provide basic language instruction, but to give students the skills and working techniques necessary for passing the DSH examination. Therefore, in addition to registering, candidates are required to take a language assessment test on the first day of the course. The resulting score determines whether they may remain in the course.

If you feel you need more time to improve your German language skills, you can take a university preparatory language course (see section "DSH semester courses"). This course also concludes with the DSH examination.

Upcoming Courses

Duration: 05 - 19 September 2016
Fee: 50 €

Written examination: 19 September 2016
Oral examination:  21 September 2016
Examination fee: 50 €

For more information and a sample test, click DAAD Language Certificatehere.

Course/Examination Registration:
We can send you a registration form by e-mail upon request.