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German Intensive Courses in Preparation for Academic Study

German as a Foreign Language Department of the International Office

Information Intensive Course


In 2023, an online course series will be offered in addition to the face-to-face courses. 


 About the intensive courses

  • Our intensive courses advance through 6 steps from beginner level (A1) through levels A2, B1, B2, C1.1 and C1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to the DSH examination or TestDaF within one year. These language exams serve as proof of language proficiency in order to study at a German university.
  • The courses comprise 20 teaching units (UE) per week and last 6 - 8 weeks.
  • It is possible to start at any level.
  • 6 ECTS can be awarded per course.
  • Here you can find the module descriptions.



The courses are designed for… 

  • applicants for a course of study
  • individual students, exchange students (e.g. Erasmus+)
  • doctoral students
  • visiting researchers and their dependants 
  • employees and their dependants

… of Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (JLU) and University of Applied Sciences Gießen (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen – THM).

Individuals not included in those target groups can not participate.


Course program and fees

  • The intensive courses run all year long, regardless of the term dates.
  • They take place from Monday to Friday, either in the morning (08:45 - 12:00) or in the afternoon (13:00 - 16:15) in our classrooms at Bismarckstraße 16. 
  • Current dates and fees can be found in the course program:

 Course program




  • For university applicants:


  1. In order to participate in the German intensive courses, you must first apply for the study program "Deutschkurs / German courses" via the portal "uni-assist". You can find more information on the checklist of documents required for the application as well as on the homepage of uni-assist.

    There are no deadlines for German course applications at JLU.

    In order to apply at THM (Studienkolleg, Bachelor, Master), you need at least a certificate of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Applications below this level will not be accepted by uni-assist.

  2. Once your application has been reviewed and confirmed by uni-assist, you can register for a course using the link below.

  3. After successful registration for the German course you can receive a certificate of registration.


  • All other previously mentioned can register directly here:

Course Registration JLU / THM


Please note: Registration for a course is possible at the earliest 3 months before the start of the course.




Hybrid teaching

Hybrid Teaching

Currently, the German intensive courses at the International Office of JLU are held in face-to-face format, taking into account the current Corona protection measures. In addition to the face-to-face courses, an online course series is offered.

The online courses (levels A1 to B2) consist of three synchronous teaching units per day and are supplemented with an asynchronous self-learning unit on an online learning platform.











International Office

    German as a Foreign Language Department


German Course Office

Bismarckstraße 16

35390 Gießen

Phone: +49(0) 641 99 12175


Office hours:

Mo 09:00 am - 11:00 am, Tue 01:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Thur & Fr 09:00 am - 12:00 pm


Knut Eisold - Coordination Intensive Courses

Phone: +49(0) 641 99 12188


More Contacts:


International Office

General Counseling of International Students


Student Office

Application, admission