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Semester dates

Semester: Date: Duration: Holidays: Days without lessons:
Autumn Semester 2021/22 20 September 2021 –
21 January 2022
15 weeks 18. – 22.10.2021
20.12.2021 – 02.01.2022
Spring Semester 2022 14 March –
24 June 2022
15 weeks   Good Friday: 15 April 2022
Easter Monday: 18 April 2022
Ascension: Thursday, 26 May 2022
Whit Monday: 6 June 2022

Day course or evening course

Are you new to a level, prefer to learn together with others? Then a day course is right thing for you. Two to three mornings a week you can practice essential skills, learn relevant grammar and useful vocabulary as well as grammar. You can also prepare for the Goethe exams.

Do you already have previous knowledge on a language level, learn quickly and can also learn well on your own? Then attending an evening course may be right for you. Here you will practice all essential skills, learn relevant grammar and useful vocabulary two evenings a week. In an evening course, you must allow enough time for independent study in order to successfully complete the course. You can also prepare for the Goethe exams.

The goal of the day and evening courses is for you to reach the next CEFR level at the end of the semester.

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 September 2021) online by 4 September 2021. 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 16 July 2021, 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