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German as a Foreign Language

Language is the key to a country’s culture. And even if it is possible to use English as a working language in many institutes and seminars at the university, for the purposes of leisure and everyday life it is much easier if you speak at least a little German.

Please note that German classes are offered for the price of 250 Euros per semester for guest scholars of the University of Cologne.



  • The pre-semester course 2022 takes place from 29 August until 23 September, 2022
  • The semester course 2022 takes place from 10 October, 2022 until 27 January, 2023.


To participate in a German course during the semester, you must register with the Welcome Centre using our form by 18 September, 2022. International scholars who are already registered with the Welcome Centre will receive the information via e-mail. If you are not yet registered, but wish to take a German course, please contact the Welcome Centre via e-mail.


Placement Tests

If you already have any knowledge of German you must also participate in a placement test. Participation instructions will be provided via email. 

  • Placement test for the semester course: Monday, 19 September 9 a.m. until Monday, 26 September 3 p.m.  (MEZ)



For additional information – also on the current situation due to the corona crisis  please refer to the department German as a Foreign Language.