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Introduction to German Language and Culture (GLC)

This Summer School offers participants with no prior knowledge of the German language the opportunity to acquire the foundations of German and to experience more than 1000 years of German culture and civilization in and around the city of Osnabrück, the City of Peace. By the end of the program, students will have mastered basic language skills in German equivalent to level A1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

The program is a cooperation between the Language Center and the International Office at Osnabrück University.

We offer

•    a total of 50 hours of classroom instruction,
•    an interactive lesson design and small group learning,
•    hands-on language practice during leisure activities with student partners from Osnabrück University,
•    the opportunity for further self-study at the University’s Self-Access Centre (CLS),
•    a rich cultural and recreational program plus an optional 4-day trip to Berlin,
•    certification of up to 5 ECTS credit points at proficiency level A1.1 of the CEFRL upon successful completion of the language course.

The course fee covers all course materials, accommodation, cultural activities, free public transport, pick-up service from the train station, welcome package and much more!

Course Details

  • Name: Introduction to German Language and Culture, A1.1
  • Date: July 7th to July 27th, 2024
  • Credits awarded: 5 ECTS
  • Primary language of instruction: German
  • Necessary language level: German: none; English: B1
  • Course fee: EUR 1400; EUR 1150 for participants from partner universities
  • Application: February 1st to April 14th, 2024


Your home university may require a syllabus in order to grant credits for successful participation. You will be able to download it in the months leading up to the summer school program.


Download the application form here (PDF, 426 kB) and submit your application until April 14, 2024!

GLC at a Glance

You can download all essential information in a single document (PDF, 708 kB).

Course Description

Throughout the three weeks, the language course will train all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and will cover grammar and lexis necessary to:

•    introduce yourself and others,
•    talk about your family and friends,
•    go shopping,
•    express culinary preferences,
•    describe your room,
•    tell the time,
•    inform others about your daily schedule,
•    talk about the weather and the seasons,
•    describe what you do in your spare time,
•    provide details about your personal interests.

Assessment will be in the form of project work, an interactive oral and a pen-and-paper exam at the end of the course.

Apply now!

Download the application form (PDF, 419 kB) now! Once completed (either digitally or manually), please send the signed copy/scan and all other necessary documents to until April 14, 2024.


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