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German Language Courses

We advise all of our HIRST students to learn German during their stay in Germany. German language skills are needed in case you aim for a job in the German academia or industry after your graduation.
German Course
German Language Courses

The German language courses offered by the International Department are designed for international students to study German as a foreign language.

Lessons of 90 minutes take place twice a week. Beginners are expected to complete the courses within 4 to 6 semesters, whereas advanced students (from B2 upwards) could finish in 3 semesters or less. The courses start at the beginning of the semester.

The description below shows what a student is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing according to the different levels.

DSH Preparation

The aim of the DaF language courses is to prepare students for the general entrance exam for international students at all universities in Germany. This DSH exam is set at three different skill levels, referred to as DSH1, DSH2 and DSH3. If the DSH2 degree is obtained, the candidate is entitled to be admitted to a university in Germany. The DSH3 degree certifies excellent language skills in German.

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Overview DaF Courses

A1 Can understand and use familiar expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and is prepared to help.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear,
well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning
even in more complex situations.

Courses B2, C1 and C2 are being offered by the KIT Studienkolleg . Please be fast to register online as the places are limited.