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.

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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.

Course dates:
Winter term 2019/20: 9th to 24th of September 2019, sign up by 15th of July 2019
Summer term 2020: 9th to 24th of March 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Course fee:
Winter term 2019/20: 50 EUR for ASH students, must be paid by 15th of July 2019
Summer term 2020: 50 EUR for ASH students (to be confirmed)

Course registration:
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@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eufor the registration.

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