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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 7 August, 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 pre-semester course and the semester course: Monday, 08 August 09 a.m. until Tuesday, 16 August 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.