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.
German language courses during the semester
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.
German intensive course
The International Office of ASH Berlin organises a 2.5-week pre-semester intensive German language course with at least three different levels (from A1 beginners to A2/B1), 12 course days and 4 hours of instruction per day. The courses will take place either in the morning (~ 9am–1pm) or in the afternoon (~ 2pm–6pm), depending on your level. The exact programme with the course times, schedule and room numbers will be published approx. three weeks before the beginning of the course.
Winter term 2020/21: Due to too many unknown factors during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the pre-semester intensive German course (originally scheduled for September 2020) will not take place.
Summer term 2021: mid to end of March 2021 (exact dates to be announced), sign up by: to be announced (first come, first serve)
Winter term 2020/21: n.a.
Summer term 2021: to be announced
Exchange students should sign up for the intensive German course in the general online application by ticking the corresponding box. You will then receive an e-mail with more information and details about the payment of the course fee. All other students (e.g. from the international Master's programmes), should simply contact incoming@ ash-berlin.eufor the registration.
Please note that the number of participants is limited to 18 students per course at a maximum. Registrations are taken care of in a first come, first serve order, so if you wish to attend the course, please sign up and pay as soon as possible.