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Although Jacobs University is international in its orientation and has chosen English as the primary language of instruction and campus communication, all foreign undergraduate (UG) students who are not already proficient in German are required to learn the language of their host country (all other non-UG students are also invited to do so!). Learning German or improving language skills already acquired is not only an additional qualification to round off your résumé, but it is the (only) way to gain a deeper insight into German culture, to take part in it through the media, and to communicate with Germans on and off campus. Speaking and understanding German also makes everyday life easier, more enjoyable, and much more interesting!

The placement test for German will be done online for the fall semester 2020. The test must be completed independently until August 28. To take the placement test, please read the instructions carefully and do the exercises without using extra sources or materials. This test is designed to reflect your current level so that you are placed in the optimal class which will help you get the most out of studying the German Language.

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German Certificates – Recommendations

TestDaF Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Jacobs University is now a test centre for TestDaF examinations. The TestDaF is a language test for foreign learners of German who plan to study in Germany or who require recognised certification of their language skills. The TestDaF examination is centrally developed and rated by the TestDaF Institute based in Bochum. The test covers your level of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing and speaking. It has several levels and is recognized by all German universities.

If you would like to get more detailed information on the test, which you can take here at Jacobs University, visit the official website of the TestDaF Institut. Information in English is available here and the next exam dates may be found here.

Jacobs University offers a special TestDaF preparation course. This course is offered for free to Jacobs students and gives them preparation necessary to take the standardized examination “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” to assess and certify their level of German. Please note that students must pay a required fee if they wish to take the actual certifying exam (non-exam takers are also welcome in the course free of charge).

Goethe Zertifikat

The Goethe Institut offers a renowned German language certificate, the Goethe Zertifikat. The certificate is available for all language levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as well as for some specific language registers (Deutsch für den Beruf). The examinations are regularly offered at the Goethe Institut Bremen. Information about registration, examination times and prices is provided here. Information in English is available here.


Online Tools

GrammarDeutsch Lernen34 German lessons with exercises for beginners and intermediates, language test.A1-C1
GrammarA review of German grammarGood explanations of the German grammar with a lot of examples, particularly of the verb tenses.A1-C1
GrammarGerman GrammarGood explanation of the German grammar with exercises.A1-B2
Grammar VocabularyAbout.comBasic grammatical rules and quizzes.A1-B1
Grammar VocabularyDeutschedBasic grammar, pronunciation training with audio files and vocabulary lists.A1-A2
VocabularyVocabulixVocabulary training and quizzes with audio files. Verb conjugation training.A1-A2
MultipleIE LanguagesGrammar tutorials on 5 levels with corresponding vocabulary lists. Useful links for further learning of the language.A1-C2
MultipleDeutsche Welle Language CourseReally good website for learning by doing. Lessons organized by level and completed by a corresponding vocabulary list. Audio files and videos, news and reading exercises with interesting articles. Website completely in German.A1-C2
MultipleBBC Language Course(NOTE: This page has been archived and is not updated anymore). Basic grammatical rules with exercises and corresponding vocabulary lists around certain topics. German TV and radio.A1-B2
MultipleDeutschkursWell explained grammatical rules in 35 chapters. Films and exercises with audio files to practice.A1-C1