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Welcome to the Department DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) of the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen/Nuremberg.

1. German Language Courses during the semester
2. Intensive German Language Courses during semester break
3. Preparatory German Language Courses

1. German Language and Culture Courses during the semester for fulltime students

These courses are for:

  • students enrolled in a degree program at FAU
  • exchange students (Erasmus, Sokrates etc.)
  • guest research fellows
  • employees of the FAU

The Department of German as a Foreign Language offers a large number of courses for the above named groups to help improve an individual's language proficiency (reading, writing, speaking) and provide him/her with cultural information about Germany.

For further information about placement, registration procedures and everything else concerning the courses click here!

2. Intensive German Language Courses during semester break

For further information please follow the link.

3. Preparatory German Language Courses

Foreign students who would like to enroll at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, but do not have sufficient German language skills to enter a degree program in their chosen field, can acquire the necessary language proficiency in preparatory German courses. These courses prepare the student for the language proficiency test (Deutsche Sprachprüfung, DSH), which is an admission requirement to enter a degree program of the university.

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg cannot offer German language courses for beginnners. Therefore basic language skills (Level B1) must be obtained before applying to the university. If you do not have any opportunity to acquire elementary language skills in your home country, you may attend a private language school in Erlangen or Nuremberg. Please inquire about dates of courses and prices directly at the school you are interested in.

Zulassungsstelle der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Halbmondstr. 6
91023 Erlangen

Webpage of admission office

Registration deadlines:
  • January 15th for summer term (April - end of July)
  • July 15th for winter term (mid October - mid February)
Entry requirements:
  1. Secondary school diploma or equivalent
  2. Minimum completion of Elementary Level B1
  3. Admission to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  4. Placement test / Einstufungstest (beginning of April/beginning of October) please see also:

    Placement test / Einstufungstest


Only recommended after successful completion of the upper DSH-course

  1. Middle of April to mid July
  2. Middle of October to beginning of Februar

16 hours of class instruction plus 4 hours of language laboratory exercises per week (20 hours total).

Course entry:

Students can only start a preparatory language course in the middle of April or the middle of October.

Course Fee:

680,- € / Semester

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