Studying in Germany
Introductory course for International Master's Degree Programmes
This course adresses the special situation of English-medium instruction in a German academic environment and provides specific support (based on empirical research findings) for international students studying in English and/or in Germany for the first time. Course contents include an introduction to the German university system and its learning culture with demonstrations of typical teaching methods and practical exercises in relevant assessment methods such as oral presentations or scientific writing in English. Additionally, participants will train their communication skills for interaction with professors and lecturers via e-mail or in office hours as well as their comprehension skills by listening comprehension exercises involving a variety of different accents. The course is complemented by an overview of the German grading system with an English-German glossary of relevant administrative terminology, an introduction to research resources available at the University of Freiburg (library and electronic data bases) and general discussions of intercultural issues.
Teacher: Susanne Gundermann holds an M.A. degree in English Philology and is currently working on a PhD research project assessing the implementation of English as medium of instruction in an International Master's Degree Programme at the University of Freiburg. A recent work-in-progress report related to the course contents can be found here
Language of instruction: English
English Language level: B2, C1, C2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
Dates: 7th to 11th October 2013
Duration: 5 x 4 hours of class
Class sessions: daily 8:30 h to 10:00 h and 10:30 h to 12:00 h
Room: SLI building, Universitätsstraße 5, room 1 (ground floor) - building no. 12 on the University map
Course fee: 80 €
Course materials: Course materials are especially compiled for the courses by our teachers and are included in the course fees.
If you withdraw from the program up to 20 days before courses begin, 50% of the course fees 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.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any question. We are happy to help you.
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Astrid Nothen, Dorothea Rösch (Heads of Department)
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