The following section offers initial assistance with frequently asked questions (FAQ).
If the information provided below does not answer your questions, please contact the Language Centre office or the coordinator in the Language Centre responsible for a specific language or department (see Faculty and Staff / Related Links).
The levels indicated refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), according to which language skills are classified on a scale from A1 to C2 in the areas of reading, listening comprehension, speaking and writing. In order to achieve the greatest possible learning success, you should enrol in language courses the level of which are suitable for you; for example, a course at A1 level is aimed at beginners, whereas a course at A2 level or one at B2 level requires prior knowledge of varying degrees. Within a level there are further subdivisions, for example a course at level A1.1 is for pure beginners without any prior knowledge, whereas a course at level A1.2 already requires knowledge of the contents of course A1.1.
Since the language courses build on each other, simultaneous attendance of language courses in the same language at different levels (for example, Russian A1.1 and Russian A1.2) is not allowed. You are welcome to attend a course at a lower level to revise your language skills, but you can only receive ECTS points for the course at the higher level (as far as this is provided for in the examination regulations of your degree programme).
In principle, this is not stipulated but strongly recommended by the Language Centre. (Exception: Please note that the BPO 2008 in the Business Administration Sankt Augustin degree programme stipulates exactly this). In order to best benefit linguistically from a stay abroad, for example, it is recommended to build a solid linguistic foundation beforehand. In order to improve one’s employability, it is also advantageous to acquire language skills on a level higher than A1.
All language courses are primarily offered to students enrolled at our university as well as to faculty and staff. Guest students cannot be admitted to our courses.
Depending on the level of the course, the language of tuition is primarily the target language, for example Italian. However, especially in beginners’ courses on A1 level, teachers often use German as a language for explaining grammar or cultural aspects.
The Language Centre offers a variety of German courses on different levels each semester. The registration period for the courses starts approx. 5 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester and will be communicated to all students by the Language Centre. The courses vary from courses for beginners (level A1.1) to courses on C1 level. An overview of all courses offered can be found in LEA.
If you already have some knowledge of German, you may take the Deutsche Welle online test (free of charge) to get a recommendation which course level is best for you.
For further information on the registration procedure please see the page German courses for international students.
If the course you would like to register for is already fully booked, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail). Depending on the demand for a specific course or level and our teaching capacities, we will try to organise a parallel section or an additional course at another time.
If you cannot or no longer wish to take part in a course, please deregister while the courses are still open for registration or if it is no longer possible, please contact us. In order to plan the language courses, the Language Centre needs precise information about how many students actually want to take a course and also students from the waiting list can take your place once you have deregistered.
Yes, absolutely! Students who are absent from the first session of a course without an excuse will lose their place in the course. Therefore, please make sure that you can attend the first lesson or, if necessary, inform the Language Centre or the respective lecturer about your absence before the first session.
You will only be informed if the language course is cancelled. If this is not the case, you can be sure that the course will take place at the time indicated.
You can use the Student Information System (SIS) at any time to retrieve a transcript of records which contains, among other things, the most important information about the language courses you have taken (i.e. name, level, grade, ECTS and semester).
If you also need a certificate with details of the course content of the language courses you have completed, you can obtain a certificate upon request. Please note that the Language Centre only issues such certificates within a period of 3 years after the end of a course. Please contact the Language Centre's office providing specific details of the document you require (your name, title of the course, semester, lecturer).
Generally, certificates need to be collected from the Language Centre’s offices on either the Sankt Augustin or Rheinbach campus. However, if you cannot collect the requested certificate in person, mailing by post can be arranged if you send us the postage (1,60 Euro in stamps) in advance.
Please be sure to specify which certificate you require (the name of the course, the semester in which you attended this course as well as the name of your lecturer and the address to send it to).
No, the Language Centre does not certify certificates. Please contact the local authorities, who usually certify documents for a fee at the Einwohnermeldeamt (citizens' registration office). You can also have university-relevant documents (i.e. certificates that you need when applying to our university or certificates issued by the university) certified at the Examinations Office. Please note that this service can only be used for a limited number of certifications and that you should bring copies as well as the original certificates with you. If you have any questions, please contact the Examinations Office.
Recognition of grades
If you have taken a language course at another university or comparable institution and passed examinations there, these achievements may be recognised. The application for recognition of academic achievements and exams must be submitted when applying for a place at the university; please note the respective deadlines of 30 April for enrolment in the summer semester and 31 October for enrolment in the winter semester.
The recognition procedure is carried out by the examination board responsible for the respective degree programme; in the case of language courses, this is often done after consultation with the coordinator in the Language Centre responsible for a specific language or department (see Faculty and Staff).
Further information on the procedure can be found on the page Application to a higher semester of study; we have also compiled further information on the recognition of language courses in the information sheet: Infoschreiben Merkblatt Leistungsanerkennung (only German version available).
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