Language Courses & Workshops

Which Language Courses Are on Offer?

We provide courses at A1 level for beginners as well as B1 and B2 levels for intermediate learners. In addition to these courses, we provide a DSH preparatory course.

On request, beginners can extend the four-week programme for four more weeks.

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 historical 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 six ECTS credits, you must regularly attend your language class and chosen workshop.


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 extend your knowledge of the topic.

The workshops are based on the following foci:

Workshop 1: Ecology and Sustainability

(all language levels)

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

(all language levels)

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: The Changing German Society

(Level B1 and higher)