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Learning German


The University Language Centre (ZFA) offers classes to learn German. Enrolment / placement test for all courses takes place at the beginning of each semester. If you wish to enrol, please contact the department of "German as a Foreign Language". Further information and a detailed description of the courses and entry requirements can be found on their website. Individualized Learning is also available: Individualisiertes Lernen und Tandem

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RUBiss - RUB international student service

The International Office of the RUB offers several possibilities to get in contact with the German language, e.g. excursions, presentations and discussions, celebrations, international evenings.

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Tandem.MINT and Natural.PALS

Tandem.MINT allows international Natural Sciences or Engineering students to improve their German language skills in interaction with a native speaker – in return, you support your tandem partner in learning your native language. This is an effective way of learning the language and gradually overcoming inhibitions to use German in everyday life and academic contexts. As your tandem partner studies in the same field, you may discuss subject-specific matters, connect to typical academic situations, and acquire technical terminology.

The Natural.PALS program is tailored to new students in the Natural Sciences.

Applications are processed twice a year around 15. September and 15. March

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Tandem Learning

Find a tandem partner for language learning. Learn German from a partner and teach them your mother language. Applications are processed around the 15. September and 15. March.

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DAAD Language and Short Courses

The DAAD maintains a summer school database that includes other language courses unaffiliated with RUB, some of which are available online.

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Deutsch Lernen / Learn German

The publicly funded German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle runs a website for learning German, available in 30 languages. They also sponsor a free language app.

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Sprachcafé Bochum

Practice your language skills virtually and in person with other RUB community members.

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