Language and Courses
The Sprachenzentrum of Universität Hamburg offers free language courses to students.
German Language Courses
For you as a guest student, German language courses might be particularly interesting. They are offered as intensive courses before the start of term, or during your term. You can find a list of all German courses here. If you have already successfully applied as a guest student, we will keep you up-to-date about any changes, deadlines and more information regarding German courses.
It is not obligatory to participate in German language courses, but we strongly recommend it to you if you are not yet confident in your use of the language. Not only will a better understanding make your studies easier, but it will also greatly help you in your daily life.
In order to successfully participate in any German taught subject at Universität Hamburg, you should at least have a B2 level. For the self-assessment of your language skills, the explanations of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) might be helpful.
If you want to expand your German language skills online, DUO is a very useful program. We especially recommend this for students who want to brush up on their German before coming to Hamburg, but cannot find a convenient language school in their home town.
Other Language Courses
If you want to take up a different language, you can also do so at Universität Hamburg.
The Department of Socioeconomics of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences offers Advanced English courses every semester. Information regarding these courses can be found here.
These courses are reserved for regular bachelor students, but incoming students from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences are allowed to take part if there are places available. Just show up in the very first lesson and do the placement test!
Attention: You may only participate in the Advanced courses, Foundation courses are not open to guests!
At the Sprachenzentrum of UHH all students, guest students included, can attend language courses. These courses are technical and have a relatively high level (B2/C1/C2 of the European reference frame).
Attention: The Sprachenzentrum has got special placement and application dates which are normally due before the start of lectures!
Language courses for all students are also offered by the UHH in cooperation with the Adult Education Center (VHS). Courses are offered from level A1 to B1 of the European reference frame and have a small tuition fee. The University of Hamburg pays for part of the usual tuition fees, which is why courses can be offered to you at an affordable price.
Attention: The VHS has got special placement and application dates which are due before the start of lectures!