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Who can take part in the language courses?

KIT students and staff, students and staff from all other universities in Karlsruhe (as well as EUCOR-universities) are eligible to take part in our language courses. Please indicate during registration at which university you study/work or if you are a member of staff at KIT. If your institution is not listed, please select the category “Sonstige” on the online registration form.
Please note: Students are not permitted to take part in courses in their mother tongue e.g. French native speakers are not allowed to take part in French courses.  KIT departments will not accept ECTS points gained in this way. See also “For what do I get ECTS-points (credits)?”

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When and where do courses take place?

Courses normally take place during the semester, starting during the second week of the lecture period. Information about intensive courses during the semester break can be found on the website. The Language Centre is located in two buildings: 8.03 (Geb. 8.03) near Markplatz and 50.20 (Geb. 50.20), which is the former Children’s Hospital at Durlacher Tor (opposite the university library). There is a map at Kontakt und Anfahrt. For all courses, the room and building information are clearly stated.

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When and how can I register?

To take part in the courses, you have to register online.

The following information is required: e-mail address, applicant group (e.g. staff, PH student etc), course choice, gender, first name, last name, telephone number.
KIT students should also include the following information: matriculation number, department, type of certification required (certificate of participation or graded certificate),  semester, degree.
For participants paying for their course: account number, sort code, street, postcode, place of residence.

To take part in the courses, you have to register online. If you are interested in an ENGLISH course and have not already taken part in one before, you will have to do the online placement test (you can find more information here).

A placement test is not necessary for other languages.

Participants who have to pay for their course(s) (see: How much do the courses cost?) can complete a direct debit authorization during online registration. There will also be appointments for payment by cash (NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED). You can find information about the start of the online registration on the Language Centre’s website. A first come, first served policy determines which applicants get a place - either directly on a course or on a waiting list. Please find out about the procedure and dates for registration before the semester starts at Anmeldung (Registration).

Priority Registration (NOT ONLINE): For EUKLID students as well as students and staff who are planning to stay abroad (apart from English courses) it is possible to register in advance (before online registration starts). Authorization must be accompanied by an up-to-date matriculation card (EUKLID) or written confirmation from the International Students Office (Akademische Auslandsamt) or another relevant institution. In addition we need the following information: last name, first name, matriculation number, e-mail address, telephone number, field of study, faculty, semester of study, degree (bachelor/masters/diploma), working towards a key qualification (yes/no).

You can hand the relevant documents to the secretary (50.20, Room 313) or put it in the postbox (in front of the office). Alternatively you can send an e-mail to info∂spz kit edu.You will receive a short email-confirmation. Participants who have to pay are asked to do so (also Room 313) before online registration starts. 

 

I don't have time on any of the cash payment days.

If you do not have time to come in person, you can send a representative with all the necessary documents (student ID or employee ID, documents pertaining to discount e.g. BAFÖG). He or she can pay for you instead (CASH ONLY). You can find more information at Anmeldung (registration/procedure).

 

How much do the courses cost?

The cost of each course is listed alongside the timetable for each language. 1 COURSE EACH SEMESTER IS FREE FOR KIT STUDENTS (financed by tuition fees). Further courses are charged at the rates indicated on the website. You can find general information about this (in German) at Gebuehr

 

When can I get a discount?

Regulations for getting a discount are outlined here (in German). IMPORTANT: all documents have to be shown at payment. Refunds cannot be issued at a later date. For this reason, it is not possible to pay for a discounted course by direct debit.

 

Are there courses during the semester break?

During the semester break there are English and Italian intensive courses. You can find more information on the respective pages of the website.

 

How many participants are there?

Min: 10 (beginners courses) or 7 (advanced level courses) Max: 20 (some English courses 15 or 18)

 

When and where can I get a certificate?

You get a certificate of participation (Teilnahmeschein) at the end of the course if you did not miss more than 3 classes. If you pass the course, you will get a graded certificate of confirmation (Prüfungschein). Please inform your teacher in advance if you need a certificate that shows the grade. The certificates will be handed out by the teacher in the course (apart from English courses). If you don’t have time at the appointed date, you can collect your certificate at the relevant department’s office (French and Spanish: APPOINTMENT NEEDED) or from the secretary (all other languages apart from English) or you can send us a stamped addressed envelope (with information about the course). English course certificates can be collected (8.03, Room 305) during an office hour (times are indicated on the website).

 

For what do I get ECTS-points (credits)?

Participants who attend regularly and pass the exam receive a graded certificate at the end of the course. In general 1 ECTS-point is awarded per class hour (45mins) if you pass the exam (provided that you don’t miss class more than 3 classes). This means 2 hours (90mins) = 2 ECTS, 3 hours (135mins) = 3 ECTS. 2 “SWS” refers to a 90 min/week language course.
Please note: Students are not permitted to take part in courses in their mother tongue. Firstly, this prevents students serious about improving their skills in a foreign language from taking part. Secondly, key qualifications are, in line with the Bologna Process, awarded for newly gained skills, which are assessed at the end of a course.  This cannot be the case for native speakers taking courses in their own language and therefore no ECTS points can be awarded.

 

When can I find the course schedule?

Each semester, the new course program is published on the website approximately one month before classes start. Class times are listed under each language. It is not possible to publish the new timetable any earlier due to various external factors influencing the planning process such as availability of teachers, rooms etc. Although we only publish the dates of the courses when they have been confirmed, it is sometimes necessary to make late changes. Therefore, please check the relevant part of the website again before you register and before the first class.

 

Can I do exams/tests that are not connected to a course (for example for a DAAD scholarship)?

Yes. There are regular tests for English, French and Spanish. Please check the relevant page of the website or contact the department by e-mail. In line with the articles of the Language Centre (from June 24th 2005), there is a charge of 25 EUROS for these tests (cash only). Unfortunately we cannot provide this service for other languages as there are no permanent members of staff. In this case, please contact Mr Forstmeyer, the general manager of the Language Centre, who will try to find a solution. If you are studying at another university, you can only take part in tests at our institution if the language in which you need to be tested is not offered at your place of study.

 

How are the language programs organized?

Language 1: beginners without no or limited previous knowledge
Language 2: beginners with little knowledge
Language 3: good basic knowledge
Language 4: good knowledge

Language intensive: Intensive course with 3 SWS. After 2 intensive courses you will have reached a level that is equivalent to that normally attained after three 2 SWS courses.
Language rápido / express1: 4 SWS, the topics from Language 1 and 2 are taught within one semester
Language rápido / express2: 4 SWS, the topics from Language 3 and 4 are taught within one semester

Topical Issues / Conversation: Participants should be able to talk fluently about issues at intermediate level (autonomous use of language).
Technical Language: You can choose between technical or business content.
Parallel courses: are indicated by different letters at the same level (for example Chinese 1a, 1b, 1c)

You can find more information about content and teaching materials under “Kursinhalt” (course content) at each language’s homepage.

English courses are accredited by UNIcert®. As a result, the language program is set up differently. You can find more information here.

I couldn’t find my question

If you have not been able to find your question here, please go to the relevant department or write them an e-mail. You can find contact information here.