To help you prepare for your degree course, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen – along with Justus-Liebig University – offers a range of foreign language courses. For further information, please see the website for language course offerings.

Intensive German courses

Intensive courses are offered at six different levels. After six successive stages, beginners (level A1) can reach the DSH/TestDaF test level in one year (level C1.2). Passing the DSH (German Language Test for Admission to University) or TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) is a prerequisite for studying a degree taught in German. These courses are primarily aimed at applicants, but are also suitable for exchange students, visiting academics and their family members. You can join the course at any level. At the beginning of the course you will be tested so that your proficiency level can be determined.

 Level  Duration  Examination  Cost
A1 7 weeks,
140 hours
  approx. €360
A2 7 weeks,
140 hours
  approx. €360
B1 8 weeks,
160 hours
  approx. €400
B2 6 weeks,
120 hours
  approx. €300
C1.1 7 weeks,
140 hours
  approx. €360
C1.2 8 weeks,
160 hours
TestDaF/DSH approx. €400


Examination fees:
DSH (German Language Test for Admission to University) €140
TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) €140

International summer course

The International Summer Course is held every September. During the four-week language course (approx. 95 hours of teaching), participants receive intensive training in grammar, cultural studies, writing texts and communication. Student mentors offer participants guidance during the course. This means participants not only learn about our universities, but also about the town and surrounding area. Field trips to Frankfurt and Heidelberg, for example, are also organised as part of the course. We also offer workshops on the following topics: Films, newspapers, theatre, dance and cooking. Participants receive a certificate confirming their participation and detailing the ECTS points earned.
Course fees are €630 (for Socrates/Erasmus students or students from one of JLU’s/THM’s partner institutions: €430).

Evening courses for visiting students

German-language courses (4 hours/week, different proficiency levels available) offered alongside our degree courses are open to exchange students (Socrates, Erasmus, ISEP, etc.), visiting academics and their family members. These courses are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. during the semester.
The course is free for exchange students. Visiting academics and their family members pay approx. €172 for the autumn semester and approx. €158 for the spring semester.  

Project days

International students and employees can take part in day courses on two Saturdays in the semester. These courses focus on area studies, academic writing and conversation. Each project day lasts six hours and costs approx. €10.

Learn German independently

JLU’s foreign language department has materials available for you to study German independently. These include books, CDs and DVDs. The department can also help you find a language partner (for tandem learning).  

Foreign Language Department
Philosophikum II
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21
House A, Rooms 33 and 37

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the semester breaks)

Contact and advice

International Office
German as a Foreign Language Department
Goethestr. 58
35390 Giessen

Tel.: +49 641 99 12175
Fax: +49 641 99 12133