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Course information for summer semester 2023

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Summer semester: 17.04.2023 - 28.07.2023

Orientation Week for first-year students (11. - 14.04.2023)
with information about language courses and compulsory language placement tests.

Language Course Advice Sessions for Students
(in-person; 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, 17.04.2023, 12:00 - 14:00 & Tuesday, 18.04.2023, 13:00 - 15:00
at the Language Centre, Seminar Building August-Bebel-Str. 12 (“AB”)

All language courses start the week beginning Monday 24 April 2023.

There are two different procedures depending on whether you want to take a course administered by the Language Centre (the majority of the courses - 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 15.03.2023 and 19.04.2023 at 23:59.

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.

The allocation of places for courses operates on a "first come, first served" procedure. You will receive a confirmation of your course place immediately after having registered.

Where can I find the overview of my course places?

2. For language courses (beginner* level G1 and G2 (A1 and A2) and English intermediate) administered by  viadrina sprachen gmbh  (registration via the viadrina sprachen gmbh booking system):

Registration opens on 15.03.2023 and ends on 19.04.2023 at 23:59. (As of: 15.02.2023)

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.

Overview of courses offered by viadrina sprachen gmbh

*except Polish, Russian and Ukrainian

At present, the following applies:

You can register for remaining course places between Friday 21 April and Friday 05 May 2023 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 05.05.2023 at 23:59 (except 20.04.2023). For courses administered by viadrina sprachen gmbh, you must cancel your place by 21.04.2023 in order to receive a full refund. (As of: 15.02.2023)

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, from winter semester 2022/23, for two further academic years:

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.