Course

German language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course not only focuses on speaking and listening skills, additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in German. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the sixth module, you’ll be able to communicate professionally in German, from speaking and writing to debating, negotiating and giving a presentation.

German course modules

For available times for the courses below please see the course dates and registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • German 1: A1 (code: DE-1)
  • German 2: A2 (code: DE-2)
  • German 3: B1 (code: DE-3)
  • German 4: B2 (code: DE-4)
  • German 5: B2plus (code: DE-5)

German 1 (DE-1)

German 1 is for people with no prior knowledge of German. An intake is not necessary. In this course, you will learn the basis of German grammar. You will build a vocabulary that allows you to read and understand simple sentences. You will also learn to:

  • introduce yourself
  • ask for directions
  • order food and drinks
  • make purchases at a shop

Course material for German 1

  • Studio d A1. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2010) - ISBN 9783464207079.
  • Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

A new round of courses starts in September. Registration opens end of June.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

German 2 (DE-2) and 3 (DE-3)

German 2 and 3 are for people with a basic knowledge of German and people who have completed the previous module. In these modules, you will further develop your vocabulary and your understanding of German grammar and will address more complicated topics of conversation.

Course material for German 2

  • Studio d A2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2010) - ISBN 9783464207123.
  • Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Course material for German 3

  • Studio d B1. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2011) - ISBN 9783464207192.
  • Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

A new round of courses starts in September. Registration opens end of June.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

German 4 (DE-4) and 5 (DE-5)

In German 4, you will learn to:

  • give presentations
  • make your case in an argument
  • carry out discussions with native speakers
  • bring up topics relating to work or studies in class discussions

German 5 is primarily a discussion forum in which you must play an active role. During this module, you will learn to:

  • express your thoughts and justify your position in discussions and debates
  • learn how to present yourself well in an interview
  • hand in written assignments, in which you will have to pay special attention to grammar

Course material for German 4 & 5

Students will receive a reader by email before the beginning of the course

Recommended for all modules: 

  • Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)
  • Mittelpunkt neu, B2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache fuer Fortgeschrittene (Klett 2014)
  • Lehrbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4
  • Arbeitsbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676653-1  (Lektionen 1-6 for DE-4 and 7-12 for DE-5)

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

A new round of courses starts in September. Registration opens end of June.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

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Course content

The focus will be on the following:

  • Speaking: discussions, debates, phone calls, conversations, job interviews
  • Writing: formal and informal e-mails,
  • Intercultural differences between working in Germany and working in the Netherlands.

Dates:  10 April – 29 Mai 2018, Tuesday  18.30 – 20.30  (7 lessons)

(no lessons on May 1)

After completing the course, you will receive a certificate. This course is open for UM Alumni only for the reduced price of € 195.

NB Register before April 3rd at the Alumni Office via alumni[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

Intake and registration

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of German, you can simply register for German 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take any other course, you must first successfully complete the previous course, or have a comparable level of German.

You can register for a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation. To determine your level, you can do an online test via: www.sprachtest.de

You will receive an email from this website with an estimated level. Please check the CEFR list above what course to register for:

Costs per module

  • UM students: € 295
  • UM staff and alumni: € 360
  • All other participants: € 460

Certification and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. To have these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. Whether these points are granted depends on your faculty.