Winter University German in March 2018

The intensive courses for international students have contributed to the unique atmosphere of the University of Freiburg for more than 100 years. Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest mountains, Germany's Green City with its historical monuments and ecological policy offers a classic blend of old and new. The diverse cultural life of the city and the long-standing university will ensure that you have a great and inspiring time. 

Uni Innenhof
Photo: Spiegelhalter


Here’s what the Winter University intensive courses in March at the University of Freiburg offer:
  • Professional German language instruction with experienced teaching staff
  • Competently taught knowledge necessary for a course of studies at German universities
  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 18 participants
  • Interesting exercise courses and seminars in the afternoon
  • The opportunity for computer-assisted individual practise in the language laboratory
  • A great variety of leisure activities
  • Excursions in and around Freiburg (e.g., the Black Forest and the Alsace region of France) 
  • Accommodation at student dormitories and shared private flats




Dates and Fees

Registration: 15th November 2017 to 31st January 2018.
Please note: In case the courses are fully booked before 31st January, we will have to close the registration earlier.

Arrival: Thursday 1nd March 2018, 9:00 h - 19:00 h

First day of class: Friday 2nd March 2018

Last day of class: Tuesday 27th March 2018

Departure: Wednesday 28th March 2018; until 10:00 h


Course fee: 650 €
(550 € for ERASMUS students of the University of Freiburg)

The course fee includes

  • 72 hours of language instruction in the morning (18 days with 4 x 45 minutes of class)
  • optional participation in the exercise courses or seminars in the afternoon
  • the opportunity to use computer-assisted self-learning mechanisms in our language laboratory
  • course materials
  • use of the PC-Pools and Wireless LAN at the university
  • meals in the university cafeteria (Mensa) at student rates
  • optional participation in the leisure program (not entrance fees, food and drinks)
  • information and orientation for a course of studies at German universities


Course Description
German Language and Culture
Language levels: beginner, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (CEFR)

The syllabus offers a variety of conversation practice and discussions, current listening and reading texts but also topics of your choice combined with modern and realistic grammar training. You can deepen and expand your oral and written competence of the German language under the guidance of our highly qualified, committed and experienced teachers. Specific study techniques such as reading strategies or presentation skills will also be practiced. The lessons follow the aims of communicative competence of the European Framework for Languages in an entertaining and inspiring way and will assist your independent learning process.

The English language courses in March can be found here.


Afternoon Programme
Exercise courses and seminars

Depending on your language level, you are welcome to attend any exercise courses or seminars offered in the afternoons. The seminars examine different current issues in the areas of cultural and social sciences. You will find the detailed programme in the course booklet you will receive at your arrival.

Language laboratory

In our digitalized language laboratory (Sprachlabor), students can use self-study materials for individual practice of listening comprehension, grammar and pronunciation by choosing from a wide range of audio materials and online exercises. The language laboratory is open from Monday to Thursday 14:00 h -19:00 h and Friday 13:00h -18:00h.



Language Courses: 2nd to 27th March, Monday to Friday 9:15 h -10:45 h and 11:15 h -12:45 h

Exercise courses and seminars (optional): 12th to 23rd March, Monday to Friday 14:15 h -15:45 h and 16:00 h -17:30 h

Individual practice in the language laboratory (optional): 65th to 23th March, Monday to Thursday 14:00 h -19:00 h and Friday 13:00h -18:00h


Course Materials

Course materials are compiled by our teachers especially for the courses and are included in the course fees.


Placement Test

To ensure that you will be learning in the class group matching your language level, an online placement test will be taken before courses begin. You will receive detailed information and advice by email after your registration has been completed.

You will be asked to indicate your approximate CEFR language level in the registration form. For information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) please click here.


Certificate and ECTS Credits

A graded certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the course. It will include your individual language level following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as well as your ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

Language course in the morning: 4 ECTS credits for regular attendance and proof of performance

1 exercise course or seminar: 1 ECTS credit for participation in all 10 sessions

Language laboratory: 1 ECTS credit for 30 hours of work

Maximum number of  ECTS credits: 7



You may look for a room on your own. See for example www.housinganywhere.com or www.freiburg.de or www.wg-gesucht.de or www.uniplaces.com.

Single rooms at student dormitories and shared private flats in Freiburg may be arranged upon request from 1st to 28th March 2018. Please choose "with room" in the online registration form.

Room fee: 350 €

The single rooms measure between 12 and 15 m² in size. They are furnished with a bed, pillow and bedcover, bed linen, cupboard, table and chair. The flat includes a shared kitchen, bathroom and in some cases a lounge area that is shared with other residents within the same unit.

With your room booking you accept the following conditions:

1. There is no cleaning service. You will be responsible for the cleanness of your room. Together with your flatmates you will have to keep the common areas (kitchen and bathroom) clean. Upon your departure, you are expected to leave your room, the kitchen and the bathroom clean.

2. The bathroom will be used by both female and male flatmates.

3. Only you are allowed to stay in your room.

4. You are requested to keep the noise down after 10 p.m.

5. There is no guarantee that cooking utensils will be available in the kitchen.

6. Personal belongings from the student who normally lives there may be in your room. Please handle them with care.

7. There are no spare keys for the rooms. In case that you lose your key you will be charged with the costs for new keys and door locks.

8. The rooms are located in different flats, buildings and city districts. The university/city centre can be reached by bus or tram within 15 to 30 minutes.

9. If you book a room through SLI, the room will be assigned to you. The buildings and rooms may differ in age, size, and floorplan. It is not possible to change the room.

10. The rooms are only available from 1st to 28th March 2018 until 10:00 h.

Should you arrive before or leave after the stated time and need accommodation in Freiburg, you can find lodging here:

At www.freiburg.de
Jugendherberge Freiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)761 67656
Arrival, Transport, Food, Internet
From Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (www.euroairport.com) you can easily reach Freiburg by bus. The schedule is available at www.freiburger-reisedienst.de. From Frankfurt am Main airport (www.frankfurt-airport.de) you can travel to Freiburg by train or bus. Tickets and schedules are available at www.bahn.de or www.goeuro.de. Due to its excellent connection to the highway, Freiburg is also easy to reach by car.

Detailed directions from Freiburg central station to our course office and a location map will be sent to you with your registration documents via post and email.


Information on transport in Freiburg is available at www.freiburg.de under the heading "Mobilität und Verkehr". Please consult www.bahn.de or www.goeuro.de to find out about train and bus connections and prices when travelling in Germany.


During the Winter University, you can eat at the university dining hall (Mensa) at student prices. You will be given a "Unicard" for this purpose on your arrival. A complete meal costs around 3 €.

In addition to meat and fish menus, the university dining hall offers vegetarian and organic dishes as well as a variety of salads. At the university café coffee, tea, cold drinks, desserts and snacks are available at reasonable prices.
You are welcome to use the university PC-pools with internet access and printers as well as the wireless LAN in all university buildings for free. You will be given a "Unicard" with username and password for this purpose on your arrival. Regrettably, you will not have internet access in the dormitories.


Leisure Programme

The experience of regional studies is conveyed in our courses not only within language instruction, but also outside the classroom in the form of a weekly changing leisure and social programme. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in and around Freiburg. Our student tutors organize city tours, pub nights, game and cooking nights, museum visits, as well as excursions to places of interest in the region. These activities give you the opportunity to get acquainted with Freiburg and the surrounding area in small groups.



There will be a number of Saturday excursions, for instance to an original Black Forest village or to France. Excursion fees usually are 30 €. You will find the detailed programme in your course booklet on your arrival. As the number of participants is limited to 40 or 50 persons, please be aware that you may not be able to participate in all day trips.



If you need a visa for the Federal Republic of Germany, please be sure to contact the responsible German Consulate or Embassy in your home country in advance. As soon as your registration and payment has been completed, we will send you an official invitation for your visa request by post as well as by email.

In case you would like to travel to Switzerland (e.g. Basel, which is only 60 km from Freiburg), please find out if you need a visa from the responsible Consulate or Embassy for Switzerland in your home country before departure.



As a Winter University student you are not automatically insured against illness and accidents. We recommend that you contact your insurance company in advance to find out about your coverage. As you may be responsible for any damage you may cause e.g. in your dormitory room, we also recommend a public liability insurance.


Conditions of Participation, Registration and Payment

All participants who have reached the age of 17 by the start of the course are welcome to join the Winter University.

Meeting other international students is something that makes the Winter University a multicultural experience for our participants. This is why it is in your best interest that the ratio of spots per course and the number of students with the same country of origin is limited.

Please fill in the online registration request on this website. We will then inform you by email whether you can participate in the course or not and how to register online.There is no entitlement to participation.
Are you a member of a student group or would you like to organize the participation of your student group in the courses? In this case, please do not fill in the online registration request, but contact us per email.
If you can participate, you can pay the course fee by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express), Pay Pal, SOFORT Überweisung (instant bank transfer) or bank transfer.
In case you are a scholarship holder or if your university pays the fees, please choose the corresponding option when registering online.
Please complete your registration carefully. For all subsequent changes (course title, payment option, room, multiple registration) we will have to charge a processing fee of 40 to 60 €.
After having registered you will receive a preliminary registration confirmation by email. As soon as your payment has been completed we will send you the final course registration confirmation, an official invitation for your visa request as well as important information concerning the placement test, your arrival and your stay in Freiburg by post and by email.

Please bring a current photo in passport size (about 35 x 45 mm) for your participant ID.



If you withdraw from the program up to 20 days before courses begin, 50% of the course fee and 50% of the accomodation fee can be refunded. Regrettably, if you withdraw less than 20 days before courses begin, no refund is possible. This applies also in case of visa refusal.

Please apply only if you are sure that you want to participate in the course.


Online-Registration Request
Registration is open from
15th November 2017 to 31th January 2018
Please note: In case the courses are fully booked before 31st January, we will have to close the registration earlier.

We are happy to help you with any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at sommer.winter@sli.uni-freiburg.de. We look forward to your participation.


Information on the University, the City, the Region


Film on the SLI Courses



University of Freiburg
Language Teaching Centre (SLI)
Summer/Winter University
Universitätsstraße 5
3rd floor
79098 Freiburg



Julia Beuter
Julia Beuter
Co-Director of Studies

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8980


Kim Smyla
Kim Smyla
Co-Director of Studies

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8980


Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Nadiia Dobrodyeyeva
Project Assistant

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8982


Christopher Gies
Christopher Gies
Project Assistant

Tel.: (+49) 761 203 8981


Gado Nabine-Gbati
Gado Nabine-Gbati
Student Assistant


Profilbild generisch
Satomi Yuki
Student Assistant


A film by past student tutors (in German and English) on the Summer University in July 2015 as well as their report (in German) are available here.


A poem by a past course participant on the Summer University can be found here.


You want to stay with a German host family in a different German city prior or after the Summer and Winter University? For detailed information please click here.




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