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Learn German for your everyday life, work and studies

At the ZHAW Institute of Language Competence, you can learn German from levels A2 to C2+, which enables you to communicate independently and competently in German in your studies, work and everyday life. Through close cooperation between research, teaching and the Goethe Examination Centre, we can fully support you in achieving your goals. Our many years of experience as an examination centre of the Goethe-Institut also guarantees the best possible preparation for Goethe certificates from levels A1 to C2.

Start of the semester: 17 September 2018

German courses A2 – C2

In the regular courses, you practice all skills — reading, listening, speaking and writing — and reach the next level of the CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in one semester. At the end of the semester, you can demonstrate your improved knowledge with the ZHAW level test or take a Goethe exam.

In the special courses, you will work on the skills that are important to you: writing, communication, reading, pronunciation. You decide what you want to learn.

We carefully select teaching materials and use specific digital media to offer you additional learning possibilities.  

Here is what former course participants have to say

«Nachdem ich die Goethe Zertifikats-Stufenkurse von B1 bis C2 abgeschlossen habe, überlege ich nun, einen Spezialkurs, wie z.B. "Sprache und Kultur", zu besuchen. Ich bin sehr an Fremdsprachen interessiert und motiviert weiter zu lernen.»

Konstantinos Karvounis, former course participant

«Ich freue mich sehr über die Fortschritte, die ich gemacht habe – vor allem im Sprechen. Dies hilft mir privat und im Job weiter, so dass ich mich jetzt viel sicherer fühle.»

Yuriko Homma Takatori, former course participant

«Meine Grammatikkenntnisse und auch das Leseverstehen haben sich sehr verbessert. Das gemeinsame Lernen in der Gruppe und auch die erfahrene Lehrerin haben dazu beigetragen, dass ich mit Spass den Kurs besuchte.»

John Weil, former course participant

Additional offers

Treffpunkt Tandem

The tandem exchange "Treffpunkt Tandem" provides an opportunity to improve communication skills in a foreign language.

ZHAW-learning platform

The online exercises offered on the ZHAW learning platform are available to participants free of charge.

German courses for students

Linguage – lingua e stage

German for ZHAW incoming students

German for ZHdK students