German Classes

German Language Classes are indispensible if you want to get a job in Germany

Although all classes and exams will be held in English, good German skills will help to get around in Germany and to find a job. Therefore, mandatory German classes are an important part of our program.

The courses will be offered based on your knowledge. Typically, we will offer courses from A1 to B2. Even if you already have attended courses in your home country, attending additional classes in Germany makes sense, as we put a strong focus on speaking and listening skills.

Every course, which aims at reaching the next language level, consists of an intensive phase during the semester break and an extensive phase during the semester.Every student has to attend and pass two German courses. This means, that you will reach a minimum level of A2. However, our experience shows that a level of B1-B2 significantly improves your job perspectives - and is much more fun during your everyday life, as you can easily communicate with your environment.

Short Excursions contribute to the intercultural experience and provide an opportunity to apply the German language in a relaxed manner.

    Our course structure consists of the following elements:

    Online-language test

    Before arrival in Germany

    A1 course

    1. Intensive phase A1 (every day) - September
    2. Extensive Phase A1 (twice a week) - October until January
    3. Exams for A1 level - beginning of February

    A2 course

    1. Intensive phase A2 (every day) - February until March
    2. Extensive Phase A2 (twice a week) - April until June
    3. Exams for A2 level - beginning of July

    Please note: As the course will continue during February / March, you are obliged to stay in Darmstadt during that period.

    To successfully pass a course, you have to

    • Be present during at least 90% of all classes (for your oral mark) and
    • Get a satisfactory oral mark and
    • Get a satisfactory written mark at the end of the course

    Please note: As the course will continue during February / March, you are obliged to stay in Darmstadt during that period.

    Students who already have successfully followed a German class before they come to h-da can transfer these credits. Please contact the language centre german@h-da.de for details.

    However, this only makes sense if you already have a very high (B2+) level in reading, writing AND listening, speaking. Therefore this should not be the default descision, instead you should try to further strengthen your skills.