Language requirements and German courses
The majority of courses offered at ASH Berlin is taught in German. English courses (for exchange students) are only available in Social Work within the International Curriculum. Advanced German and/or English language skills are thus an important requirement for a successful stay in Berlin and at ASH Berlin.
Your home university will inform you about the minimum German and/or English language requirements. The usual minimum requirement are language skills equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Students wishing to do an internship in Berlin, should be aware of the fact that English or non-German internship positions are very limited in number, since working in the field of social work, education and care often also involves communication with clients, official institutions, filling out forms etc. German language skills of at least B1 / intermediate level will thus greatly enhance your chances to find an internship.
ASH Berlin offers free German language courses during the semester for all students, usually at the levels A1, A2 and B1. Further information about the German courses during the current semester will be given to you during the Orientation days and is available on the website of the ASH Berlin language department.
ASH Berlin also offers a number of other foreign language courses such as English, Turkish and Spanish. The study programmes Social Work, Early Childhood Education as well as Health and Care Management also feature extra English courses (e.g. English for Social Workers, called "Fachenglisch"). If you wish to attend these, you need to take a placement test before the start of the semester. Please be aware that some topics will also be explained in German in these courses.