Preparatory German Language Course

You intend to study at a German university but you still have to improve your German and to pass the TestDaF exam? Please read on and learn about how to join the preparatory German language course of the University of Stuttgart to prepare for TestDaF.

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General information ...

Please note: The process of application and admission for the preparatory German course has changed. You do not need an admission to a degree program. Please apply directly for the preparatory German course. Please read here, how to apply:

Application deadline: The application period for winter semester 2022/23 has ended and there are no places left in the winter semester course. If places should be available again for winter semester 2022/23, we will inform you on this website. Please apply from October 15 to November 15, 2022 for the preparatory German course in summer semester 2023. Application will be possible on C@MPUS.

To apply successfully, you need:

  1. university entrance qualification, i.d. a (school) certificate qualifying for German universities (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung)
  2. proof of a German course of at least 500 hrs or certificate of level A2 or higher

These are the steps to take:

  • You apply on C@MPUS for the preparatory German course. 
  • After the end of the application deadline, you will receive the "Vormerkung" (non-binding admission) for the preparatory German course and you will be notified how to register for the course.
  • You register for the course by paying the registration fee stated in the admission. Your registration is binding. The registration fee will later be deducted from your course fees.
  • After receiving your registration fee, we will send you an email confirming your course registration and inviting you to the placement test.
  • This confirmation of your registration may be accepted for your visa application. Please ask the German embassy what you have to submit for your visa.
  • The placement test will be online. After the placement test, we will inform you about your level in the course and how much of the course fees you still have to pay. We will deduct the registration fee you already paid from your course fees.
  • You pay the rest of your course fees.
  • After receiving the rest of your course fees, we will send you a confirmation of your final admission into the course (Zulassungsbestätigung).
  • In case the confirmation of your registration (see above) is not accepted, this confirmation of your admission will be required for your visa application.
  • You will need the confirmation of your admission to enroll as a student of Stuttgart university.

There is one exception: You do not need an admission to the University of Stuttgart for the TestDaF training courses. Please read below to find out when and how to register for the TestDaF training courses.

... the next course: application and registration for winter semester 2022/23 and summer semester 2023

Please find information about the next preparatory German courses: winter semester 2022/23 and summer semester 2023 - How can I register for the course?

Summer semester 2023

First of all: Apply for admission

Please apply for admission into the preparatory German course of the University of Stuttgart on the online portal C@mpus. Apply from October 15 through November 15, 2022. If your application was successful, you will be sent a "Vormerkung" (non-binding admission) probably in December.


Letter of admission ("Vormerkung") and invitation to the course

In your "Vormerkung" for summer semester 2023, we will inform you how to register for the preparatory German course. You will register for the course by paying the registration fee (deposit and the fee for the placement test  - in total EUR 500). The "Vormerkung" will state the university's bank details.


Register by paying EUR 500

After receiving the "Vormerkung" for the preparatory German language course, please transfer the amount of EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) by January 15, 2023 to the university's bank account as stated in the "Vormerkung" in order to register for the German course.

Please remember: You first have to apply for admission to the preparatory German course of the University of Stuttgart and you have to have got a "Vormerkung". Without a "Vormerkung" for the preparatory German course for the summer semester 2023, you will not be admitted into the German course even if you pay EUR 500.


Why EUR 500 and what has still to be paid later?

Your course fee deposit (EUR 450) and placement test fee (EUR 50), in total EUR 500, and our subsequent confirmation of your registration to the German course guarantee you a place in the preparatory German course (you may need this confirmation e.g. for your visa). The course fee down payment is a security for us that your course registration is binding. If you attend the course after your registration, these EUR 500 will be deducted from your course fees, i.e. you have already paid EUR 500 and will have to pay only the rest of your course fees.

For example: You paid EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) and our subsequent confirmation guarantees you a place in the course. You may need our confirmation that you have got a place for your visa application. You do the placement test and you are placed e.g. on level B2/C1. The level B2/C1 course fees are EUR 1.600 (please note: not the actual course fees). The EUR 500 you already paid will be deducted from these EUR 1.600. So, you will actually have to pay only EUR 1.100 at the start of the course.


Our confirmation of your course registration

As soon as your EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) have been credited to the university's account, we will send you an email. It may take up to 5 or 7 days until your payment appears in our account and only after that we will be able to send you the email. As long as place is still available in the course, we will confirm to you by this email that you have been registered to the university's preparatory German language course and invite you to the placement test. You may need this confirmation and invitation for your visa application.

Before you arrange a visa application appointment or take any other important steps that our confirmation of your course registration is needed for, please note again that we will send you this confirmation only after your money has arrived on our account.


Places are limited

Please note that the number of places is limited and places in the course will be given to students according to the order of their registration fee as received by us. If the course is fully booked before January 15, we may decline further registrations even before the deadline. In this case we will put you on a waiting list or  - if you decide not to stay on the waiting list - refund you the complete EUR 500.


We have got to receive EUR 500

There may be additional bank charges on international money transfer that you may have to pay (please ask your bank). Due to the limited places and high demand, incomplete payments will not be accepted.


De-registration?

Your course registration is binding. If you de-register, refund of your deposit will not be possible. Exception: You cannot attend the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, e.g. illness, proven by a medical certificate. The EUR 50 placement test fees will in any case not be refunded.

We are planning to offer an online course for those students who cannot obtain their visa on time. Therefore, a delayed issue of your visa is not a reason for refunding the deposit if you de-register. If your visa application is rejected, we will refund your deposit after you proved to us that you applied on time and correctly. The 50 EUR placement test fee will not be refunded.

If you cannot join the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, please ask for a refund of the fees within the semester you have registered for. After the end of the semester, your deposit cannot be refunded any more.

For technical reasons, it is not possible to transfer your registration fees into the following semester: If you cannot join the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, please have your fees refunded within the same semester. If you want to register for the course in one the following semesters, you will have to register again by paying the full registration fees.


Placement test

The decision on your level in the course (B1, B2 or C1) will be based on your result in the placement test (onSET) that you will have to take after your course registration and before the start of the course. We will invite you to the placement test in our confirmation of your course registration.

About 4 - 7 days before the placement test, we will send you an email that invites you once more to the placement test and contains your user name and password for the placement test. You have to bring your user name and password on the day of the placement test. Please do not try to log in before the placement test. You will log in using your user name and password at the start of the placement test.

Placement Test: The placement test will take place on March 6 through 10, 2023. It will be online.

Please check this website regularly for any changes regarding time and form (online or classroom) of the placement test.


We are looking forward to meeting you in our German course in April!

In summer semester 2023, classes are planned to be classroom teaching. However, according to the pandemic situation, the course may be online partially or completely. We will inform you about this here before the semester starts if the situation should change.

If students do not receive their visa on time and cannot be in Stuttgart when the course starts, we will offer the course online for the first few weeks until the students could come to Stuttgart. If students are denied their visa and therefore cannot join the course, they can de-register and will be refunded 450 EUR after proving to us that they had applied for a visa on time.

Please note that the final exam (TestDaF) will in any case be a classroom examination. It will not be offered online.

Course Dates
  • placement test: March 6 through 10, 2023
  • course duration: April 11 through September 8, 2023. The course covers two levels: B1 and B2.
  • vacation and holidays: May 1, May 18, May 29, June 8, August 7 through 11
  • teaching units: 479
Classes
  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 24 teaching units per week
Fees
  • course:  EUR 1.487,- (placement test + 10 weeks B1 + 10 weeks B2)

Qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level B2

Course Dates
  • placement test: March 6 through 10, 2023
  • course duration: April 11 through September 22, 2023. The course covers two levels: B2 and C1 as well as a 3-week TestDaF training course.
  • vacation and holidays: May 1, May 18, May 29, June 8, August 7 through 11
  • teaching units: 527
  • TestDaF exam: October 11, 2023
Classes
  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 24 teaching units per week
Fees
  • course: EUR 1.631,- (placement test + 10 weeks B2 + 10 weeks C1 + 3 weeks TestDaF training)
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195

Qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level C1

Course Dates
  • placement test: March 6 through 10, 2023
  • course duration: April 3 through July 7, 2023. The course covers the level C1 as well as a 3-week TestDaF training course.
  • vacation and holidays: April 7, April 10, May 1, May 18, May 29, June 8
  • teaching units: 306
  • TestDaF exam: June 13, 2023 (digital TestDaF)
Classes
  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 24 teaching units per week
Fees
  • course: EUR 968,- (placement test + 10 weeks C1 + 3 weeks TestDaF training)
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195

Qualification (according to European Reference Framework): Level C1

TestDaF training course May/June 

Prerequisite: level C1

Course Dates
  • course duration: May 22 through June 12, 2023
  • teaching units: 67
  • TestDaF exam: June 13, 2023
Classes
  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 24 teaching units per week
Fees
  • course: EUR 261,-
  • Exam: EUR 195
Registration
  • (to be completed)

TestDaF training course September 

Prerequisite:  level C1

Course Dates
  • course duration: September 4 through 22, 2023
  • teaching units: 72
  • TestDaF exam: October 11, 2023
Classes
  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 24 teaching units per week
Fees
  • course: EUR 280,-
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195
Registration
  • (to be completed)

Your deposit (EUR 450) and placement test fee (EUR 50), in total EUR 500, and our confirmation of your registration to the German course guarantee you a place in the preparatory German language course (you'll need this e.g. for receiving your visa). The course fee down payment is a security for us that your course registration is binding. If you attend the course after your registration, your registration fee will be deducted from your course fees, i.e. you have already paid EUR 500 and will have to pay only the rest of your course fees.

An example: You paid EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) and you are guaranteed a place in the course. You will need our confirmation that you have got a place for your visa application. After receiving your visa, you will come to Stuttgart, you will do the placement test at the start of the course and you are placed e.g. on level B2/C1. The level B2/C1 course fees are EUR 1.600 (please note: not the actual course fees). The EUR 500 you already paid will be deducted from these EUR 1.600. So, you will actually have to pay EUR 1.100 at the start of the course.


You transferred EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee), you were registered for the course but you have not yet been enrolled as a student of the University of Stuttgart, and you de-register before the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your deposit (EUR 450). The placement test fee (EUR 50) will not be refunded.


You transferred EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee), you were registered for the course and you de-register after the registration deadline (by email): We will refund your deposit (EUR 450) only if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill). If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will not refund your deposit. The placement test fee (EUR 50) will not be refunded.


You took the placement test and started the course, you already paid the course fees of your course (B1+B2 course, B2+C1 course or C1 course) and you de-register from the ongoing course: We will refund your course fees if you cannot be held responsible for the reasons of your de-registration (e.g. if you are ill and therefore cannot attend the course any more). In this case, we will refund the course fees for the part of the course that you cannot attend any more. If you are responsible for the reasons of your de-registration, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.


This is the case as well if you pass the TestDaF exam in another test center or if you do not need any more the TestDaF exam at the end of our course and you want to leave the preparatory German course: In this case, we will neither refund your full course fees nor part of them.

1. Registration and prerequisites

You can register for the preparatory German language course only after having received your admission to Stuttgart University issued by the admissions office (Studiensekretariat). You register for the German course by paying the deposit (EUR 450) and the placement test fee (EUR 50), in total EUR 500, to the university's bank account as given in the invitation to the German course that you will receive shortly after the letter of admission. You have to pay before the registration deadline (4 weeks before the placement test). Your registration is binding and as soon as your payment has been credited to the university's bank account, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

There is one exception: Contrary to what is stated above, you can register for the three-week TestDaF training courses without an admission to Stuttgart University, provided place is still available.

If the number of registrations exceeds the number of places available in the course, further registrations may be declined even before the end of the registration deadline. In this case, the deposit and plus placement test fee (EUR 500) will be refunded in full.

1. Anmeldung und Voraussetzungen
Voraussetzung für die Anmeldung zum studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurs ist die Zulassung zum Studium an der Universität Stuttgart durch das Studiensekretariat. Die Anmeldung erfolgt durch Zahlung der Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr in Höhe von EUR 450 (§ 19 Abs. 1 LGebG) zuzüglich der Gebühr für den Einstufungstest in Höhe von EUR 50 (§ 3 Abs. 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen), also insgesamt EUR 500, auf das in der Einladung zum Deutschkurs, die der Zulassung folgt, genannte Konto der Universität Stuttgart. Die Zahlung muss vor dem Ende der Anmeldefrist erfolgen. Die Anmeldefrist endet 4 Wochen vor dem Einstufungstest. Mit dem Eingang der Anmeldegebühr ist die Anmeldung verbindlich, und es erfolgt eine Bestätigung der Anmeldung per E-Mail.
Abweichend von Satz 1 können in die dreiwöchigen TestDaF-Trainingskurse auch externe TeilnehmerInnen ohne Zulassung zum Studium an der Universität Stuttgart aufgenommen werden (§ 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen).
Wenn die Zahl der Anmeldungen die Zahl der Plätze im Kurs übersteigt, können weitere Anmeldungen auch bereits vor Ende der Anmeldefrist abgelehnt werden (§ 1 Satz 3 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). In diesem Fall werden sowohl die Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr als auch die Einstufungstestgebühr in voller Höhe, also EUR 500, zurückgezahlt.

2. Course Fees

The course starts with a placement test. Students are placed into the different course levels according to their results in the placement test. The course fees depend on the courses and their different course levels and duration. The following three courses are offered every semester: (I) levels B1 plus B2 (20 weeks), (II) levels B2 plus C1 plus TestDaF training (23 weeks) and (III) level C1 plus TestDaF training (13 weeks). The deposit (EUR 450) and the placement test fee (EUR 50) are deducted from the course fees. The rest of the course fees has to be paid within one week after classes started. It's not possible to pay only one course level without the following one: The courses can only be booked as a whole.

2. Kursgebühr
Zu Beginn des Kurses findet ein Einstufungstest statt. Auf Grundlage des Ergebnisses im Einstufungstest erfolgt die Zuweisung zu einer Kursstufe. Aus dieser Kursstufe und der jeweiligen Anschlussstufe innerhalb desselben Semesters ergibt sich die insgesamt zu zahlende Kursgebühr für ein Semester (§ 3 Abs. 2 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). In jedem Semester werden angeboten: (I) Die Kursstufe B1 mit Anschlussstufe B2 (20 Wochen Kursdauer), (II) die Kursstufe B2 mit Anschlussstufe C1 und anschließendem TestDaF-Training (23 Wochen Kursdauer) und (III) die Kursstufe C1 mit anschließendem TestDaF-Training (13 Wochen Kursdauer). Die bereits bezahlte Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr (EUR 450) und Einstufungstestgebühr (EUR 50) werden auf die Kursgebühr angerechnet. Der Rest der Kursgebühr muss innerhalb einer Woche nach Unterrichtsbeginn bezahlt werden. Ein Besuch nur einer Kursstufe ohne die jeweilige Anschlussstufe ist nicht möglich.

3. Cancellation and refund of registration fees and course fees

After you registered for the course paying the deposit (EUR 450) and the placement test fee (EUR 500), de-registration and refund of the down payment is possible before the registration deadline: If you de-register before the registration deadline, your deposit will be refunded (EUR 450) in full. The placement test fee will not be refunded. If you de-register after the registration deadline, you will be refunded the deposit in case you cannot attend the course because you got ill. The placement test fee will not be refunded. If you de-register after the registration deadline for reasons that you can be hold accountable for, you will neither be refunded the deposit nor the placement test fee.

After you paid the complete course fee in the first week after classes started, you will be refunded the course fees in case you wish to de-register only for reasons you cannot be hold accountable for (e.g. if you cannot attend the course due to an illness). In this case you will be refunded the course fees for the part of the course you are not able to attend due to your illness.

3. Rücktritt und Erstattung der Gebühren bei Anmeldung und der Kursgebühren
Nach Zahlung des Betrages von EUR 500 (Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr + Einstufungstestgebühr) ist bei Rücktritt die Erstattung der Anzahlung bis zum Ende der Anmeldefrist möglich: Bei Rücktritt vor Ende der Anmeldefrist wird die Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr von EUR 450 vollständig zurückerstattet. Die Einstufungstestgebühr von EUR 50 wird nicht zurückerstattet (§ 5 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). Eine Rückerstattung der Anzahlung auch noch nach der Anmeldefrist ist möglich bei nachgewiesener krankheitsbedingter Verhinderung des Kursbesuchs. Die Einstufungstestgebühr von EUR 50 wird auch in diesem Fall nicht zurückerstattet. Bei Abmeldung vom Kurs nach Ablauf der Anmeldefrist aus Gründen, die der Teilnehmer bzw. die Teilnehmerin selbst zu verantworten hat, wird die Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr sowie die Einstufungstestgebühr nicht erstattet (§ 7 Abs. 1 LGebG).
Nach Zahlung der vollständigen Kursgebühr innerhalb einer Woche nach Unterrichtsbeginn ist bei Rücktritt eine Erstattung der Kursgebühr nur möglich im Falle von Gründen, welche der Teilnehmer bzw. die Teilnehmerin nicht zu verantworten haben (z.B. bei nachgewiesener krankheitsbedingter Verhinderung des Kursbesuchs). In diesem Fall erfolgt die Rückzahlung anteilig für den krankheitsbedingt nicht besuchten Teil des Kurses (§ 5 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen).

4. Placement test

The email that confirms your course registration also invites you to the compulsory placement test at the start of the course. Students are placed in the different course levels according to their results in the placement test. The university is not obliged to take into account any German language course certificates issued by other institutions.

If you have already attended the preparatory German course offered by the University of Stuttgart in the previous semester, the decision is based on the final exam of the previous course level: If you pass the exam, you will proceed onto the next course level, in case of failing you will have to repeat the previous course level. If you attended a previous course and did not continue it for one semester or more, a placement test can be done again and its result can be taken into account.

4. Einstufung
Zusammen mit der Bestätigung der Kursanmeldung erfolgt die Einladung zum obligatorischen Einstufungstest, der vor dem Unterrichtsbeginn stattfindet. Die Zuweisung zu einer Kursstufe erfolgt aufgrund des Ergebnisses des Einstufungstests (§ 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). Für die Einstufung in eine Kursstufe aufgrund des Einstufungstestergebnisses kann der Nachweis des erfolgreichen Abschlusses der vorhergehenden Kursstufe verlangt werden. Ein Anspruch auf Anerkennung von Zeugnissen bisheriger Kursbesuche an anderen Institutionen besteht nicht.
Im Falle der Fortführung des studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurses der Universität Stuttgart nach vorherigem Besuch einer Kursstufe des studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurses entscheidet das Ergebnis der Abschlussprüfung der vorhergehenden Kursstufe: Bei Bestehen erfolgt die Einstufung in die nächsthöhere Kursstufe, bei Nichtbestehen muss die vorher besuchte Kursstufe wiederholt werden. Wenn zwischen dem vorherigen Kursbesuch und der Fortsetzung des Deutschkurses der Kurs ein Semester oder mehr nicht besucht wurde, kann eine erneute Einstufung durchgeführt und das Ergebnis berücksichtigt werden.

5. Certificates and duplicates

Any kind of certification requires that students attend the course regularly. At the end of each course level, every student is given a certificate of performance (Zeugnis) that states the results of the final exam and the number of  teaching units (Unterrichtseinheiten). If a student attended the course regularly without taking the final examination, he or she can be given a certificate of attendance (Teilnahmebescheinigung) which states the number of teaching units only. In order to be given any certificate, students are required not to miss more than 10 % of their classes. Attendance and absence is documented on the attendance lists as kept by the teachers. Duplicates of certificates can be issued within 5 years after the attended course. Such duplicates are subject to a charge of EUR 25. More than 5 years after the attended course, certificates or duplicates cannot be issued any more.

5. Zeugnisse, Bescheinigungen, Zweitausfertigungen
Es besteht Anwesenheitspflicht. Am Ende jeder Kursstufe erhält jeder Teilnehmer bzw. jede Teilnehmerin ein Zeugnis, das das Abschlussprüfungsergebnis sowie die besuchten Unterrichtseinheiten ausweist (die Kurse B1 / B2 sowie B2 / C1 umfassen jeweils zwei Kursstufen, der Kurs C1 umfasst eine Kursstufe). Wenn der Kurs besucht, aber die Abschlussprüfung nicht absolviert wurde, kann eine Teilnahmebescheinigung ausgestellt werden. Um ein Zeugnis oder eine Teilnahmebescheinigung zu erhalten, dürfen die TeilnehmerInnen nicht mehr als 10 Prozent der Unterrichtszeit der entsprechenden Kursstufe unentschuldigt versäumt haben. Als Nachweis dienen die von den Lehrkräften täglich geführten Anwesenheitslisten. Zweitausfertigungen von Zeugnissen oder Teilnahmebescheinigungen können innerhalb von 5 Jahren nach Kursbesuch ausgestellt werden. Für diese Zweitausfertigungen wird eine Gebühr von EUR 25 erhoben (Anlage zu § 1, lfd. Nr. 11 Allgemeine Gebührensatzung der Universität Stuttgart). Nach Ablauf der 5jährigen Aufbewahrungsfrist können keine Teilnahmebescheinigungen oder Zeugnisse mehr ausgestellt werden.

6. Data protection

The International Office (IZ) records the students' personal data only for administrative purposes and does not submit them to any third party. It keeps students' personal data for 5 years in order to be able to issue duplicates at the students' request.

6. Datenschutz
Die Daten der TeilnehmerInnen werden vom Internationalen Zentrum nur zu verwaltungstechnischen Zwecken elektronisch erfasst und nicht an Dritte weitergegeben. Daten aus Kursbesuchen werden für Zweitausfertigung von Zeugnissen oder Teilnahmebescheinigungen 5 Jahre aufbewahrt.

 

Winter semester 2022/23

After the end of the application deadline April 15 to May 26, it is not possible any more to apply for the course and currently there are no places left.

If students de-register and if in this way places should be available again later, we will inform you here, how to apply for them. Please note that enrollment for winter semester 2022/23 will be possible only if you applied for the course within the application deadline. If we can offer you later a place in the course, you cannot be enrolled during the course.

First of all: Apply for admission

Please apply for admission into the preparatory German course of the University of Stuttgart on the online portal C@mpus. Apply from April 15 through May 29, 2022. If your application was successful, you will be sent a "Vormerkung" (non-binding admission) probably in June.


Letter of admission and invitation to the course

In your "Vormerkung" for winter semester 2022/23, we will inform you how to register for the preparatory German course. You will register for the course by paying the registration fee (deposit and the fee for the placement test  - in total EUR 500). The "Vormerkung" will state the university's bank details.


Register by paying EUR 500

After receiving the "Vormerkung" for the preparatory German language course, please transfer the amount of EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) by July 15, 2022 to the university's bank account as stated in the "Vormerkung" in order to register for the German course.

Please remember: You first have to apply for admission to the preparatory German course of the University of Stuttgart and you have to have got a "Vormerkung". Without a "Vormerkung" for the preparatory German course for the winter semester 2022/23, we will not admit you into the German course even if you pay EUR 500.


Why EUR 500 and what has still to be paid later?

Your course fee deposit (EUR 450) and placement test fee (EUR 50), in total EUR 500, and our subsequent confirmation of your registration to the German course guarantee you a place in the preparatory German course (you may need this confirmation e.g. for your visa). The course fee down payment is a security for us that your course registration is binding. If you attend the course after your registration, these EUR 500 will be deducted from your course fees, i.e. you have already paid EUR 500 and will have to pay only the rest of your course fees.

For example: You paid EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) and our subsequent confirmation guarantees you a place in the course. You may need our confirmation that you have got a place for your visa application. You do the placement test and you are placed e.g. on level B2/C1. The level B2/C1 course fees are EUR 1.600 (please note: not the actual course fees). The EUR 500 you already paid will be deducted from these EUR 1.600. So, you will actually have to pay only EUR 1.100 at the start of the course.


Our confirmation of your course registration

As soon as your EUR 500 (deposit + placement test fee) have been credited to the university's account, we will send you an email. It may take up to 5 or 7 days until your payment appears in our account and only after that we will be able to send you the email. As long as place is still available in the course, we will confirm to you by this email that you have been registered to the university's preparatory German language course and invite you to the placement test. You may need this confirmation and invitation for your visa application.


Places are limited

Please note that the number of places is limited and places in the course will be given to students according to the order of their registration fee as received by us. If the course is fully booked before July 15, we may decline further registrations even before the deadline. In this case we will put you on a waiting list or  - if you decide not to stay on the waiting list - refund you the complete EUR 500.


We have got to receive EUR 500

There may be additional bank charges on international money transfer that you may have to pay (please ask your bank). Due to the limited places and high demand, incomplete payments will not be accepted.


De-registration?

Your course registration is binding. If you de-register, refund of your deposit will not be possible. Exception: You cannot attend the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, e.g. illness, proven by a medical certificate. The EUR 50 placement test fees will in any case not be refunded.

We are planning to offer an online course for those students who cannot obtain their visa on time. Therefore, a delayed issue of your visa is not a reason for refunding the deposit if you de-register. If your visa application is rejected, we will refund your deposit after you proved to us that you applied on time and correctly. The 50 EUR placement test fee will not be refunded.

If you cannot join the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, please ask for a refund of the fees within the semester you have registered for. After the end of the semester, your deposit cannot be refunded any more.

For technical reasons, it is not possible to move your registration fees into the following semester: If you cannot join the course for reasons you cannot be held responsible for, please have your fees refunded within the same semester. If you want to register for the course in one the following semesters, you will have to register again by paying the full registration fees.


Placement test

The decision on your level in the course (B1, B2 or C1) will be based on your result in the placement test (onSET) that you will have to take after your course registration and before the start of the course. We will invite you to the placement test in our confirmation of your course registration.

About 4 - 7 days before the placement test, we will send you an email that invites you once more to the placement test and contains your user name and password for the placement test. You have to bring your user name and password on the day of the placement test. Please do not try to log in before the placement test. You will log in using your user name and password at the start of the placement test.

Placement Test: The placement test will take place from September 5 through 9, 2022. It will be online.

Please check this website regularly for any changes regarding time and form (online or classroom) of the placement test.


We are looking forward to meeting you in our German course in October!

In winter semester 2022/23, classes are planned to be classroom teaching. However, according to the pandemic situation in autumn, the course may be online partially or completely. We will inform you about this here before the semester starts if the situation should change.

If students do not receive their visa on time and cannot be in Stuttgart when the course starts, we will offer the course online for the first few weeks until the students could come to Stuttgart. If students are denied their visa and therefore cannot join the course, they can de-register and will be refunded 450 EUR after proving to us that they had applied for a visa on time.

Please note that the final exam (TestDaF) will in any case be a classroom examination. It will not be offered online.

Requirement:

Level A2

  • Placement test: probably online September 5 - 9, 2022
  • Course duration: October 17, 2022  - March 17, 2023
  • Holidays and lecture-free periods: November 1, December 23, 2022  - January 6, 2023
  • Teaching units: 470

Teaching hours:
  • in the mornings: 8.30 am - 1 pm or
  • in the afternoons: 1.30 pm - 6 pm 
  • 24 teaching units per week

Fees:
  • Course: EUR 1460,- (placement test + 10 weeks B1 + 10 weeks B2))

Certificate (according to the European Reference Frame): Level B2 

Requirement:

Level B1

  • Placement test: probably online September 5 - 9, 2022
  • Course duration: October 17, 2022  - March 31, 2023
  • Holidays and lecture-free periods: November 1, December 23, 2022 - January 6, 2023
  • Teaching units: 518
  • TestDaF exam: (to be completed)

Teaching hours:
  • in the mornings: 8.30 am - 1 pm or
  • in the afternoons: 1.30 pm - 6 pm 
  • 24 teaching units per week

Fees:
  • Course: EUR 1604,- (placement test + 10 weeks B2 + 9 weeks C1 + 3 weeks TestDaF training)
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195

Certificate (according to the European Reference Frame): Level C1

Requirement:

Level B2

  • placement test: probably online September 5 - 9, 2022
  • Course duration: October 17, 2022  - January 27, 2023
  • Holidays and lecture-free periods: November 1, December 23, 2022 - January 6, 2023
  • teaching units: 302
  • TestDaF exam: (to be completed)

Teaching hours:
  • in the mornings: 8.30 am - 1 pm or
  • in the afternoons: 1.30 pm - 6 pm 
  • 24 teaching units per week

Fees:
  • Course: 956,- (placement test + 10 weeks C1 + 3 weeks TestDaF training)

Certificate (according to the European Reference Frame): Level C1

Please note: Due to the restrictions caused by the Corona crisis, at present we can offer the  TestDaF training and the TestDaF exam only to students registered in our preparatory German C1 course. (February 2022)
TestDaF training course January

Requirement: C1 level completed

If you are not a student of the University of Stuttgart and you are interested in joining the January taining course, please contact the head of the department or the secretary's office between November 26 and December 10, 2021, 12 a.m.: Places will first be given to the students of the C1 courses of the preparatory German language course and only at this time we will be able to tell you if places are still available. Please send or bring us a copy of your C1 certificate when getting in contact with us.

  • course duration: January 9  - 27, 2023
  • teaching units: 72
  • TestDaF exam: (to be completed)

Fees:
  • course: 280,-
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195

TestDaF training course March

Requirement: C1 level completed

If you are not a student of the University of Stuttgart and you are interested in joining the April training course, please contact the head of the department or the secretary's office between February 11 and 25, 2022, 12 a.m.: Places will first be given to the students of the C1 courses of the preparatory German language course and only at this time we will be able to tell you if places are still available. Please send or bring us a copy of your C1 certificate when getting in contact with us.

  • course duration: March 13  - 31, 2023
  • teaching units: 72
  • TestDaF exam: (to be completed)

Fees:
  • course: 280,-
  • TestDaF exam: EUR 195
1. Registration and prerequisites

You can register for the preparatory German language course only after having received your admission to the University of Stuttgart issued by the admissions office (Studiensekretariat). You register for the German course by paying the deposit (EUR 450) and the placement test fee (EUR 50), in total EUR 500, to the university's bank account as given in the invitation to the German course that you will receive shortly after the letter of admission. You have to pay before the registration deadline 4 weeks before the placement test. Your registration is binding and as soon as your payment has been credited to the university's bank account, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

There is one exception: Contrary to what is stated above, you can register for the three-week TestDaF training courses without an admission to the University of Stuttgart, provided place is still available.

If the number of registrations exceeds the number of places available in the course, further registrations may be declined even before the end of the registration deadline. In this case, the deposit plus placement test fee (EUR 500) will be refunded in full.

1. Anmeldung und Voraussetzungen
Voraussetzung für die Anmeldung zum studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurs ist die Zulassung zum Studium an der Universität Stuttgart durch das Studiensekretariat. Die Anmeldung erfolgt durch Zahlung der Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr in Höhe von EUR 450 (§ 19 Abs. 1 LGebG) zuzüglich der Gebühr für den Einstufungstest in Höhe von EUR 50 (§ 3 Abs. 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen), also insgesamt EUR 500, auf das in der Einladung zum Deutschkurs, die der Zulassung folgt, genannte Konto der Universität Stuttgart. Die Zahlung muss vor dem Ende der Anmeldefrist erfolgen. Die Anmeldefrist endet 4 Wochen vor dem Einstufungstest. Mit dem Eingang der Anmeldegebühr ist die Anmeldung verbindlich, und es erfolgt eine Bestätigung der Anmeldung per E-Mail.
Abweichend von Satz 1 können in die dreiwöchigen TestDaF-Trainingskurse auch externe TeilnehmerInnen ohne Zulassung zum Studium an der Universität Stuttgart aufgenommen werden (§ 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen).
Wenn die Zahl der Anmeldungen die Zahl der Plätze im Kurs übersteigt, können weitere Anmeldungen auch bereits vor Ende der Anmeldefrist abgelehnt werden (§ 1 Satz 3 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). In diesem Fall werden sowohl die Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr als auch die Einstufungstestgebühr in voller Höhe, also EUR 500, zurückgezahlt.

2. Course Fees

The course starts with a placement test. Students are placed into the different course levels according to their results in the placement test. The course fees depend on the courses and their different course levels and duration. The following three courses are offered every semester: (I) levels B1 plus B2 (20 weeks), (II) levels B2 plus C1 plus TestDaF training (23 weeks) and (III) level C1 plus TestDaF training (13 weeks). The deposit (EUR 450) and the placement test fee (EUR 50) are deducted from the course fees. The rest of the course fees has to be paid within one week after classes started. It's not possible to pay only one course level without the following one: The courses can only be booked as a whole.

2. Kursgebühr
Zu Beginn des Kurses findet ein Einstufungstest statt. Auf Grundlage des Ergebnisses im Einstufungstest erfolgt die Zuweisung zu einer Kursstufe. Aus dieser Kursstufe und der jeweiligen Anschlussstufe innerhalb desselben Semesters ergibt sich die insgesamt zu zahlende Kursgebühr für ein Semester (§ 3 Abs. 2 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). In jedem Semester werden angeboten: (I) Die Kursstufe B1 mit Anschlussstufe B2 (20 Wochen Kursdauer), (II) die Kursstufe B2 mit Anschlussstufe C1 und anschließendemTestDaF-Training (23 Wochen Kursdauer) und (III) die Kursstufe C1 mit anschließendem TestDaF-Training (13 Wochen Kursdauer). Die bereits bezahlte Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr (EUR 450) und Einstufungstestgebühr (EUR 50) werden auf die Kursgebühr angerechnet. Der Rest der Kursgebühr muss innerhalb einer Woche nach Unterrichtsbeginn bezahlt werden. Ein Besuch nur einer Kursstufe ohne die jeweilige Anschlussstufe ist nicht möglich.

3. Cancellation and refund of registration fees and course fees

Course registration by payment of EUR 500 is binding: If you de-register, refund of the course deposit (EUR 450) is only possible if you cannot attend the course due to illness as proven by a medical certificate. The placement test fee will not be refunded.

After you paid the complete course fee in the first week after classes started, you will be refunded the course fees in case you wish to de-register only for reasons you cannot be hold accountable for (e.g. if you cannot attend the course due to an illness). In this case you will be refunded the course fees for the part of the course you are not able to attend due to your illness.

3. Rücktritt und Erstattung der Gebühren bei Anmeldung und der Kursgebühren
Die Anmeldung unter Zahlung des Betrages von EUR 500 (Anzahlung auf die Kursgebühr + Einstufungstestgebühr) ist verbindlich. Rücktritt und Erstattung der Anzahlung ist nur möglich bei nachgewiesener krankheitsbedingter Verhinderung des Kursbesuchs, ggf. auch aus anderen nachgewiesenen Gründen, die der Bewerber nicht zu verantworten hat. Die Einstufungstestgebühr von EUR 50 wird auch in diesem Fall nicht zurückerstattet (§ 5 Satz 3 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). Der Einbehalt der Anzahlung von EUR 450 dient der teilweisen Deckung der Kosten, die der Universität durch ihre Leistung der Bereitstellung von Kurslehrkräften in Abhängigkeit von den Anmeldungszahlen entstehen, vgl. § 7 Abs. 1 LGebG.
Nach Zahlung der vollständigen Kursgebühr innerhalb einer Woche nach Unterrichtsbeginn ist bei Rücktritt eine Erstattung der Kursgebühr nur möglich im Falle von Gründen, welche der Teilnehmer bzw. die Teilnehmerin nicht zu verantworten haben (z.B. bei nachgewiesener krankheitsbedingter Verhinderung des Kursbesuchs). In diesem Fall erfolgt die Rückzahlung anteilig für den krankheitsbedingt nicht besuchten Teil des Kurses (§ 5 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen).

4. Placement test

The email that confirms your course registration also invites you to the compulsory placement test at the start of the course. Students are placed in the different course levels according to their results in the placement test. The university is not obliged to take into account any German language course certificates issued by other institutions.

If you have already attended the preparatory German course offered by the University of Stuttgart in the previous semester, the decision is based on the final exam of the previous course level: If you pass the exam, you will proceed onto the next course level, in case of failing you will have to repeat the previous course level. If you attended a previous course and did not continue it for one semester or more, a placement test can be done again and its result can be taken into account.

4. Einstufung
Zusammen mit der Bestätigung der Kursanmeldung erfolgt die Einladung zum obligatorischen Einstufungstest, der vor dem Unterrichtsbeginn stattfindet. Die Zuweisung zu einer Kursstufe erfolgt aufgrund des Ergebnisses des Einstufungstests (§ 1 Satzung der Universität Stuttgart über Gebühren für die Sprachkurse zur Vorbereitung auf den Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische StudienbewerberInnen). Für die Einstufung in eine Kursstufe aufgrund des Einstufungstestergebnisses kann der Nachweis des erfolgreichen Abschlusses der vorhergehenden Kursstufe verlangt werden. Ein Anspruch auf Anerkennung von Zeugnissen bisheriger Kursbesuche an anderen Institutionen besteht nicht.
Im Falle der Fortführung des studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurses der Universität Stuttgart nach vorherigem Besuch einer Kursstufe des studienvorbereitenden Deutschkurses entscheidet das Ergebnis der Abschlussprüfung der vorhergehenden Kursstufe: Bei Bestehen erfolgt die Einstufung in die nächsthöhere Kursstufe, bei Nichtbestehen muss die vorher besuchte Kursstufe wiederholt werden. Wenn zwischen dem vorherigen Kursbesuch und der Fortsetzung des Deutschkurses der Kurs ein Semester oder mehr nicht besucht wurde, kann eine erneute Einstufung durchgeführt und das Ergebnis berücksichtigt werden.

5. Certificates and duplicates

Any kind of certification requires that students attend the course regularly. At the end of each course level, every student is given a certificate of performance (Zeugnis) that states the results of the final exam and the number of teaching units (Unterrichtseinheiten). If a student attended the course regularly without taking the final examination, he or she can be given a certificate of attendance (Teilnahmebescheinigung) which states the number of teaching units only. In order to be given any certificate, students are required not to miss more than 10 % of their classes. Attendance and absence is documented on the attendance lists as kept by the teachers. Duplicates of certificates can be issued within 5 years after the attended course. Such duplicates are subject to a charge of EUR 25. More than 5 years after the attended course, certificates or duplicates cannot be issued any more.

5. Zeugnisse, Bescheinigungen, Zweitausfertigungen
Es besteht Anwesenheitspflicht. Am Ende jeder Kursstufe erhält jeder Teilnehmer bzw. jede Teilnehmerin ein Zeugnis, das das Abschlussprüfungsergebnis sowie die besuchten Unterrichtseinheiten ausweist (die Kurse B1 / B2 sowie B2 / C1 umfassen jeweils zwei Kursstufen, der Kurs C1 umfasst eine Kursstufe). Wenn der Kurs besucht, aber die Abschlussprüfung nicht absolviert wurde, kann eine Teilnahmebescheinigung ausgestellt werden. Um ein Zeugnis oder eine Teilnahmebescheinigung zu erhalten, dürfen die TeilnehmerInnen nicht mehr als 10 Prozent der Unterrichtszeit der entsprechenden Kursstufe unentschuldigt versäumt haben. Als Nachweis dienen die von den Lehrkräften täglich geführten Anwesenheitslisten. Zweitausfertigungen von Zeugnissen oder Teilnahmebescheinigungen können innerhalb von 5 Jahren nach Kursbesuch ausgestellt werden. Für diese Zweitausfertigungen wird eine Gebühr von EUR 25 erhoben (Anlage zu § 1, lfd. Nr. 11 Allgemeine Gebührensatzung der Universität Stuttgart). Nach Ablauf der 5jährigen Aufbewahrungsfrist können keine Teilnahmebescheinigungen oder Zeugnisse mehr ausgestellt werden.

6. Data protection

The International Office records the students' personal data only for administrative purposes and does not submit them to any third party. It keeps students' personal data for 5 years in order to be able to issue duplicates at the students' request.

6. Datenschutz
Die Daten der TeilnehmerInnen werden vom Dezernat Internationales nur zu verwaltungstechnischen Zwecken elektronisch erfasst und nicht an Dritte weitergegeben. Daten aus Kursbesuchen werden für Zweitausfertigung von Zeugnissen oder Teilnahmebescheinigungen 5 Jahre aufbewahrt.

 

OnSET – assessment test

OnSET is an internet-based assessment test for measuring general proficiency in German as a second language.

Good to know

Keep in mind that for the test:

  • You have to work through 8 texts with 20 fill-in blanks each.
  • Per text you will have 5 minutes for a total of 40 minutes
  • When the 5 minutes are up, you are automatically switched to the next text.
  • You can go directly to the next text by clicking “next” anytime.

You must follow these rules during the test:

  • Write only one entry into each blank space
  • Do not enter the German vowels (ä, ö, ü) and ß as letter combinations such as
    ae, oe, ue or ss.
  • Typing mistakes count as wrong answers.

Texts already completed cannot be revisited or worked on. 

More information about onSET

Procedure

  1. Registering:

Only participants taking  the German language courses at the University of Stuttgart may register for OnSET.

  1. Preparing for exam day:

To sit for the online exam, you will need your personal ID/passport and your password.

  1. Taking the exam:

First, log on to OnSET with your password.
Follow the step-by-step instructions::

  • “Teilnehmen”(“Enter”)
  • “Weiter” (“Next”)
  •  Read the test instructions
  • “Test starten” (“Start test”) – the timer is now running!
  1. Getting the results:

After you finish the last text, your test results will appear. Then, click on “finish test.”

You can download your certificate anytime from the participant portal.

Sample test

Taking the sample test is good practice for taking the real thing in OnSET. Take advantage of the opportunity and test yourself! 

To the sample test [de]

Contact

 

Department German language courses

Pfaffenwaldring 60, 70569 Stuttgart

Olaf Moritz

Dr.

Head of Department

Ifigenia Theodoridou

 

Exam commissioner TestDaF, Assessment Test, Professional Training, Lecturer German as a Foreign Language

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