Degree Programs & Courses Language Courses

Course program

The German as a Foreign Language courses are aimed at students who want to be able to communicate in German in their private and university surroundings. Courses are on offer from levels A1 through C2 in accordance with the Common European Framework.

Course for collaborators of the UniBE

Starting from the fall semester 2021 we offer two courses especially for the collaborators of the University of Bern.


New course participants must take an online aptitude test if they do not have an official certificate gained in the last twelve months.

Starting the course later than one week after the official course begin is only possible as an absolute exception.

Self-assessment grid

If you want to know more about levels A1 to C2, take a look at the self-assessment grid which you can use to assess your capabilities. The grid corresponds to the framework of reference for languages put together by the Council of Europe, according to which examinations and teaching materials for German as a Foreign Language are oriented.

Learning involved for the individual levels

Level Lessons of 45 mins Linguistic expertise
A1 120 Basic speaker
A2 150 Basic speaker
B1 150 Independent speaker
B2 200 Independent speaker
C1 200 Proficient speaker
C2 at least 200 Proficient speaker

In other words, you must learn a lot outside the course if you want to pass the various levels (A1 to C2) within six to eight semesters. We would recommend you continue learning intensively in the vacations and/or visit an intensive course.