Language Courses & Workshops

Which Language Courses Are on Offer?

We provide courses at B1 and B2 levels for intermediate as well as a C1 course for the advanced learners. In addition to these courses, we provide a DSH preparatory course.

You will receive a total of 80 hours of German lessons.

The German lessons take place in the mornings, from 09.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on the University of Greifswald’s Friedrich-Loeffler-Campus. Learning materials and course books are provided.

You can check on your progress by taking a test on the last Friday of the programme. Following your stay, you will receive a certificate that states your mark for the test and the number of ECTS credits you have gained. In order to gain the total amount of 6 ECTS credits, you must regularly attend your language class (4 ECTS) and chosen workshop (2 ECTS).

Workshops

The language classes are complemented by workshops focussing on key fields of research at the University of Greifswald and current topics that take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. In the workshop of your choice, you can practise you newly acquired language skills and/or extend your knowledge of the topic.

The workshops are based on the following foci:

Workshop 1: Ecology and Sustainability

Presented by the Institute for Botany and Ecology

During this workshop, participants will get to know and discuss various fields of interest related to ecology and sustainability. The workshop focuses on examples from Greifswald and the surrounding region. The participants calculate and discuss their CO2 footprint, meet climate protection and sustainability activists, look at landscape development and the ecosystems surrounding Greifswald and get to know more about the University of Greifswald’s research projects that focus on sustainability.

Workshop 2: Body and Voice Training, Using Language in Intercultural Contexts

Presented by Silke Lenz - Theatre teacher

Talking in a foreign language requires a high level of concentration. In our native language, articulation, intonation, grammar or even breathing function subconsciously. It is much harder in a foreign language. This is when language is run almost entirely by the brain - and where problems begin.

However, language is a lot more than just words. We communicate all the time: with our body! Our body is a friend, a helper and also an interpreter. This workshop will make us aware of this. We use theatre practices and role play to get to know more about our body language and put it to use more effectively. Previous drama experience is not necessary at all.

The participants should bring stretchy clothing (jeans are not suitable) and a pair of non-slip socks or light trainers with them. And a good mood. And a bottle of water.

Workshop 3: Insight Baltic Sea Region (in English)

Presented by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research IZFO

Assuming that regions are constructions through social and cultural practices/interactions, we invite you for a series of workshop sessions that introduce different angles and insights for your very own experience of the Baltic Sea region. Playing with and testing general concepts of region building, we elaborate in single sessions the topics of sustainability, energy, populist cultures, cultural heritage, rural areas and security in the Baltic Sea region. Finally, you will have a chance to use the newly gained knowledge in a final session and share your very individual story about the Baltic Sea from your perspective.

  1. Baltic Sea Regions: Cultures at the Sea   (Alexander Drost)
  2. Sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region: The Baltic Sea as Sea of Mires   (Stefan Ewert)
  3. Challenges of the Energy Transition and Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: An Overview   (Farid Karimi)
  4. A Journey through Art of the Baltic Sea Region   (Antje Kempe)
  5. The Baltic Sea Region between Hard and Soft Security Issues    (Andris Banka)
  6. Rural Areas of the Baltic Sea Region - Challenges and Innovations for Regional Development   (Miriam Richter-Tokar)
  7. New Nationalisms in the Baltic Sea Regions: History, Specifics, Challenges   (Anna Novikov)
  8. Narrating Regions, Borders and Borderlands: About the Baltic Sea Regions   (Alexander Drost)