Language skills required to study at Heidelberg University
We expect Erasmus students to be sufficiently proficient in German to be able to successfully cope with academic work. We therefore do NOT require you to take the language entrance exam (DSH), which is obligatory for all other international students.
In order to help with adjusting to life at a German university and to brush up on language skills, Erasmus students may take part in an intensive four-week language course before the semester begins as well as weekly courses during the semester.
Sign-up forms for the intensive German course and evidence of the bank transfer must be submitted to the Auslandsamt by 15 January for the Sommersemester and by 15 July for the Wintersemester. You will receive 80 hours of teaching; the cost of the course is approximately € 230.
The fee for the weekly course during the semester is € 100 for four hours of teaching or € 200 for 8 hours of basic-level teaching.
The students are awarded ECTS credits for all German courses. For further information visit the Web page of the Internationales Studienzentrum (ISZ) at http://www.isz.uni-heidelberg.de/.
The Auslandsamt provides a language-exchange service (Tandem-Partner). International students who are looking for an opportunity to practise German with a native speaker in a non-university setting are helped to get in touch with German students who in turn would like to practise a foreign language. The idea is that the students talk for roughly the same amounts of time in German and in the other language with a view to improving language and cultural knowledge of both participants. This service is free. You can sign up in room 135 of the Akademisches Auslandsamt.