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Language Courses

The following language courses are offered at the Institute of Language Competence and financially supported by the ZHAW School of Engineering during your studies. Students pay a contribution fee of CHF 80 per course, the remaining course costs are covered.

English courses

First-year BA students who wish to sign up for the International Profile and who have not reached the required B2 level in the Online English Placement Test (OET), or wish to consolidate their B2 level, can attend the "Preparation Course English for International Profile Level B2 (PreIP)" in the spring semester and repeat the OET at the end of the semester.

The courses "Exam Preparation: English C1 (Advanced/CAE), part 2" can be attended by all students who have reached a level B2+ (OET or certificate) and wish to prepare for the CAE exam (level C1) throughout their studies

The courses "Exam Preparation: English B2 (First/FCE), part 2»" can be attended by all students who have not yet reached a level B2 (OET or certificate).

German as a Foreign Language

For foreign-language students we offer the course «Schreiben für Studium und Beruf», training reporting and argumentation skills. You can improve your oral fluency in the course «Kommunikation im Fokus», where you will expand your vocabulary and train your speaking skills to express your opinion in discussions or present everyday and professional topics. Public speaking practice and effective presentation techniques prepare you for your own presentations.

Your registration will be definite, if you can provide an internationally-recognised certificate (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat) or have completed the ILC placement test at the required entry level.

Students pay a contribution fee of CHF 80 per course, the remaining course costs are covered. Upon registration, please state that you are an SoE-student.