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International Students

Studying in a new country can be a challenge. To help you get started with our language courses, we have summarized the most important information below.

Course offer

1) Why should I take language courses during my studies?Einklappen

Language courses...

  • are compulsory for some study programs. Please check your Modulhandbuch (modul handbook).
  • are essential when you are applying for a semester/internship abroad or planning to attend in international meetings.
  • help you improve your language skills for publishing in English and German.
  • are generally required when applying for a job or another degree program.
  • are vital if you want to communicate in the country you are living in.
  • will earn you extra credits.
2) ​Which languages does the Language Center offer and which languages can I take?Einklappen

The Language Center offers over 20 languages each semester. With some exceptions, all language courses are open to you.

Please be aware, that not all language courses are valid for your studies, please check your module handbook. The courses can also be attended on a voluntary basis.

3) Which courses can I take if my German level is below B1?Einklappen

If your German level is below B1, you can participate in the following courses without any problems. For more information, click on the language you are interested in.

  • 1) German courses at the level (Grundkurs 1, Grundkurs 2 and Grundkurs 3)
  • 2) All English courses
  • 3) All courses of the African languages (Bambara, Swahili, Wolof)
  • 4) Grundkurs 3 (G3) or higher in all other languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Korean, Japanese and Arabic).
  • 5) If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese or Italian, we offer one Grundkurs (G1) course in each oft these courses through the medium of English. Make sure you sign up for the right Grundkurs 1/Elementary course I.)
4) What is special about the language courses at the Language Centre?Einklappen
  • Language classes are not lectures: active participation is required. 
  • Attendance is compulsory. In a course with 4 hours per week you may miss a total of 4 times, and in a course with 2 hours per week you may miss a total of 2 times.
  • There is a maximum number of participants (20-25). Registration via cmlife is mandatory. If you are not officially registered for the course you will be obliged to leave.
  • There is a final exam at the end of every course.

Placement test and course registration

​5) Do I need a placement test? Einklappen

If you have prior knowledge of a language, you will need to take a placement test, unless you have already taken a course or a placement test at the University of Bayreuth. For further information, please click here.

​6) When is the placement test and how can I register for it?Einklappen

The placement tests always take place in the first week of term. For further information, please click here.

7) Do I have to register for a language course? And if so, where and when?Einklappen

Yes, you must register for all language courses through CMlife

​8) Will I definitely get a place on the course?Einklappen

Places are allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. If the course is fully booked, you will automatically get a place on the waiting list (WL) and move up according as other students deregister. If you are still on the waiting list (WL) after registration closes, you may NOT attend the course.

9) Do I have to cancel if I decide not to attend a class I registered for?Einklappen

Yes, but deregistration is only possible until registration closes (the end of the second week of the semester). If you drop the course after the deadline "X- 5,0" will be entered in your student record.

10) ​Do I have to attend the course regularly?Einklappen

Yes, there is compulsory attendance at all language courses at the Language Centre.


11) You need to follow these 6 steps:Einklappen
  • 1) Start your language training early.
  • 2) Register as soon as you know your schedule, some courses are booked very quickly.
  • 3) If you need a placement test, sign up via CMlife. (Tests normally take place in the week before the semester begins.)
  • 4) Sign up for your language course via CMlife. (Course registration normally begins in the first week of the semester).
  • 5) Start your language course in the second week of the semester.
  • 6) Deregister from a course if you know you will be not able to attend.

FAQ and typical problems

12) I have not yet received my student card with bt number and password—how can I register for the placement tests and language courses?Einklappen

You may participate in the placement tests without your student card. Please go along to one of the sessions and tell the supervisor about your problem. To register for the language courses, however access to the system is mandatory.

13) I will arrive in Bayreuth after the semester has started - can I still take part in a language course?Einklappen

 That depends. Please contact the Sekretariat of the Language Center (address below).

14) I am only here for one semester and urgently need a particular course for my TOR/Learning Agreement. I do not have a place. What should I do?Einklappen

If you haven't got a place in a mandatory course, please contact the Sekretariat of the Language Centre (address below).

15) I already submitted my language certificate(s) when enrolling for my studies. Do I still have to participate in a placement test?Einklappen

Yes, because this information is data protected.

16) What can I do to speed up my language learning in addition to attending courses?Einklappen

Come to our Language Lounge to a) be paired for a language twin and b) to attend the Sprachstammtische that we offer.

17) Can I attend several courses at the same time?Einklappen
  • The following German courses G1, G2, G3, G4, Kompaktkurs Aufbaustufe 1 (B2.1), Kompaktkurs Aufbaustufe 2 (B2.2) and Kompaktkurs C1.1 can only be taken in sequence.
  • From level B2.1 on, courses with 2 SWS may be attended in the same semester, e.g. the course "Schreiben im akademischen Kontext (B2)" can be booked on its own or in combination with "Kompaktkurs Aufbaustufe 1 (B2.1)", "Kompaktkurs Aufbaustufe 2 (B2.2)". 
18) Does the Language Centre offer elementary courses in English?Einklappen

Our English courses start at level B1+/B2.

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Any other questions?

If, after carefully reading the above information, you still have questions, we would be happy to receive your query. Don't forget your matriculation number and degree program.

Contact: sprachenzentrum@uni-bayreuth.de

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Robert Wolf

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