International Summer Courses German and English August 2015
The International Language Courses 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.
Here’s what you can expect at the University of Freiburg Language Teaching Centre (Sprachlehrinstitut SLI):
- German Language and Culture
- German for Business and Economics
- German for the Tourist Industry
- Medical German
- German for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Training for German Language Teachers
- English Language Course
- English for Business and Economics
- English for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Small class sizes with a maximum of 15 participants
- Professional language instruction with experienced teaching staff
- Competently taught knowledge necessary for a course of studies at German universities
- Interesting exercise courses, seminars and lectures
- 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 flats
- dates and fees
- course description
- afternoon programme
- course materials
- placement test
- certificate and ECTS-points
- arrival, transport, food, internet
- leisure programme
- conditions of participation, registration and payment
- online registration
- information on the university, the city and the region
- course participants' blog
- Film on the SLI courses
Registration: 15th February to 30th June 2015
Arrival: Monday 3rd August 2015, 12:00 h - 21:00 h and Tuesday 4th August 2015, 9:00 - 21:00 h
First day of class: Wednesday 5th August 2015
Last day of class: Friday 28th August 2015
Departure: Saturday 29th August 2015 until 10:00 h
The course fee includes
- 72 hours of language instruction in the morning (18 days with 4x45 minutes of class)
- optional participation in the language practise modules, seminars and lectures 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
- participation in the leisure programme (not entrance fees, food and drinks)
- information and orientation for a course of studies at German universities
This course is specifically designed for students wanting to take up an English-language degree course at a German university. By means of authentic and up to date materials and a variety of interesting topics and texts you can brush up and intensify your knowledge of the English language. Task-based grammar and oral skills training under the guidance of our highly qualified teachers, who are all native speakers will guarantee a language training of the highest standards. Special study techniques such as reading strategies or presentation skills will also be practised. German language skills are not required.
In our digitalised language laboratory (Sprachlabor), students can use self-study materials for individual practise of listening comprehension, grammar and pronunciation by choosing from a wide range of audio material and online exercises. The language laboratory is open from Monday to Thursday 14:00 h - 19:00 h and Friday 13:00 h - 18:00 h.
Language courses: 5th to 28th August, Monday to Friday 9:15 h -10:45 h and 11:15 h -12:45 h
Exercise courses, seminars and lectures (optional): 10th to 21st August, Monday to Friday 14:15 h -15:45 h, 16:00 h -17:30 h and 17:45 h to 19:15 h
Individual practise in the language laboratory (optional): 7th to 26th August, Monday to Friday 14:00 h -19:00 h, Friday 13:00 h - 18:00 h
Course materials are compiled by our teachers especially for the courses and are included in the course fee.
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.
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 language practice module, seminar or lecture: 1 ECTS credit for regular attendance
Language laboratory: 1 ECTS credit for 30 hours of work
Maximum number of ECTS credits: 7
Single rooms at student dormitories or shared flats in Freiburg may be arranged upon request from 3rd to 29th August. Please choose "with room" in the online registration form.
The single rooms measure between 12 and 15 m² in size. They are furnished with bed, pillow and bedcover, bed linen, cupboard, table and chair. The flat will include a shared kitchen, bathroom, and in some cases a lounge area that will be shared with female and male flatmates or other residents within the same unit. Washing machines are also available. There is no guarantee that cooking utensils will be available in the kitchen. During your stay you are responsible for the cleanness of your room. Together with your flatmates you will have to keep the common areas (kitchen and bathroom) clean. You are requested to keep the noise down after 10 p.m. Shopping facilities are located near the flats. The flats are located close to the town centre, with a maximum ride of 20 minutes by bus or tram to the university and the city centre. If you book a room through SLI, the room will be assigned to you.
The rooms are available only from 3rd to 29th August until 10:00 h. Should you arrive before or leave after the stated time and need accommodation in Freiburg, you can find lodging here:
Tel.: 0049 (0)761 67656
Fax: 0049 (0)762 60367
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 and 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 and www.goeuro.de to find out about train and bus connections and prices when travelling in Germany.
The experience of regional studies is not only conveyed through language instruction in our courses, 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, museums 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 are between 15,- and 30,- €. You will find the detailed programme in your course booklet upon 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 an international language 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.
All participants who have reached the age of 17 by the start of the course are welcome to join the International Language Courses.
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.
Please apply only if you are sure that you want to participate in the course.
We are happy to help you with any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to your participation.
Office no. 03 002 and 03 003
Fax +49 761 203-8959
Astrid Nothen, Dorothea Rösch
Homepage of the University of Freiburg
The International Office provides advice and support for international students and scholars and maintains the University of Freiburg's international contacts
Information and service for university students
General information on Freiburg with city map and weather report
Information on the Black Forest
Some of our August 2013 course participants created a blog on their Freiburg experience. Please find it here.