Course information for winter semester 2022/23
Welcome to the Language Centre!
Winter semester: 17.10.2022 – 10.02.2023
Christmas holidays: 21.12.2022 – 03.01.2023
Language Course Advice Sessions for Students
(in-person where possible; alternatively by telephone or, by prior arrangement, as an online meeting). The phone numbers of the teaching staff (“Lektors”) can be found on the websites of the respective Language Departments (“Lektorate”).
Monday, 17.10.2022, 12:00 – 14:00 & Tuesday, 18.10.2022, 13:00 – 15:00
at the Language Centre, Seminar Building August-Bebel-Str. 12 (“AB”)
All language courses start the week beginning Monday 24 October 2022
There are two different procedures depending on whether you want to take a course administered by the Language Centre (free of charge) or a course administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh (fee-paying).
1. For courses administered by the Language Centre:
Register online in viaCampus between 15.09.2022 and 19.10.2022 at 23:59.
Important: When you register for a course, it means that you have stated that you wish to take a particular course. You will only receive confirmation that you have been successfully allocated a place on this course from 10:00 on 21.10.2022 via ViaCampus (see “Allocation of Places”).
If you have not been given a place on the course you wanted, you can register for other courses that do have free places in viaCampus. This is also where you can cancel your place on a course.
2. For language courses administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh (registration via the viadrina sprachen gmbh booking system):
Registration opens on 15.09.2022 and ends on 19.10.2022 at 23:59.
The allocation of places for courses administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh operates on a “first come, first served” basis: once you have registered and paid the relevant course fee, you are guaranteed a place on that course.
You can register for remaining course places between Friday 21 October and Friday 11 November 2022 at 23:59 in viaCampus or, for courses administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh, via viadrina sprachen gmbh (online or in person).
You can cancel course places up to Friday 04.11.2022 at 23:59. For courses administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh, you must cancel your place by 21.10.2022 in order to receive a full refund.
If you do not cancel your place on a course that you registered for and then you do not attend the course, you will be marked as having failed that course!
There are only a small number of language courses (beginner level German, French, Italian, Spanish and intermediate English) that you have to pay for. These courses are administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh on behalf of the Language Centre.
The following applies until the Winter Semester 2022/23:
1. Students – including visiting students (“Gasthörer*innen”) – pay the course fee to viadrina sprachen gmbh at the start of the semester.
2. Students who then attend at least 75% of classes on the course are reimbursed the course fee. The reimbursement will be issued 6–8 weeks after the end of course. As long as you achieve at least 75% attendance, you do not need to pass the course in order to receive the fee reimbursement.