More advanced learners can skip straight to the courses that prepare them for standardised tests, including the TestDaF (German as a foreign language test) or DSH (German language examination for university entrance). Once you pass the exam, you will have the language qualification you need to study at a German university. Some schools even support their students afterwards by informing them of university places on courses in Germany.
If words like "Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" don't come so naturally to you, you can take a beginner's course to learn your new language slowly but surely. Placement tests at the beginning of the courses guarantee that you will be supported at the right level for you.
Learning German is not just limited to the classroom on these courses. As the saying goes: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating", and it's quite fitting in this context. There will be plenty of opportunities to speak to people during a stroll through the city, in a café or when visiting a museum, – an ideal chance to try out what you learned in class.
Manussanun (19), a student from Thailand
"I live with a host family. I go to a museum or to parties and visit other places with my friends in the evenings or at the weekends. So I speak plenty of German outside class without having to make too much effort."
You can experience typical German student life in old university towns and cities like Freiburg, Münster or Heidelberg. Lots of very romantic and historic city centres are heavily influenced by university life, so you will get to know other students very quickly.
On the other hand, huge parties, trendy clubs and an eclectic nightlife can be found in the major cities like Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Berlin. If it's your first time in the city, the schools can offer tips on the best places to go in the evenings. Some schools also organise a regular "Stammtisch" – an informal gathering where international students can meet and exchange views. In German, of course.
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