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Semester dates

Semester: Date: Duration: Holidays: Days without lessons:
Autumn Semester 2023/24 18 September 2023 –
19 January 2024
15 weeks 16. – 20.10.2023
22.12.2023 – 7.1.2024
 
Spring Semester 2024 11 March –
21 June 2024
15 weeks   Good Friday: 29 March 2024
Easter Monday: 1 April 2024
Labour day: 1 May 2024
Ascension: 9 May 2024
Whit Monday: 20 May 2024

Course length

Our standard level courses and special courses usually last 15 weeks. However, we also offer short courses of 5 - 10 weeks. The duration of the courses is listed in the respective course description.The duration of the special courses is between 9 and 15 weeks.

One lesson lasts 45 minutes.

Course groups

In the regular courses, you will learn in a motivated group of 12 to 14 people (courses in small groups: 9 to 11 people). In the special courses, the number of participants varies between 8 and 12.

Registration deadline

You can register for courses (course start Mid September 2023) online by 2 September 2023. Late registrations are only possible if there are still places available.

To achieve your course goal, it is important that you attend the course from the beginning. Therefore, registrations after the beginning of the semester are only possible in exceptional cases.

Early bird bonus for follow-up courses

If you have passed the ZHAW final examination, you can enrol for a follow-up course without a placement test. If you register by 14 August 2023, you will benefit from the early bird bonus.

Teaching materials

You learn with various textbooks and online learning platforms. Course fees do not include the cost of teaching materials. These materials amount to approx. CHF 50 per semester.

Terms and Conditions of Business

The following conditions apply to German as a Foreign and Second Language courses:

General terms and conditions for language courses