ONLINE COURSE: German in the City

"German in the City" in an online format: In the middle of Germany and yet at home – films, theater, literature, politics, your own language activities and web conferences make the German language and culture accessible to you. Wherever you are! Our concept: Authentic materials and your own actions as door-openers to vocabulary, language structures, and cultural backgrounds. Berlin is waiting – we are looking forward to see you!

Course periodJune 14, 2021 - July 9, 2021 Session I
Category Language, Literature & Creative Writing
Course levelsBachelor, Master, Ph.D.
Class size

about 10 to 15 students per class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 8 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline May 15, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee870.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


"German in the City" in an online format:

In the middle of Germany yet still at home – in this special situation at the present time we are facing new challenges. Especially when it comes to a course that is called “German in the City”! How can we give you the experience of German language and culture in Berlin? No matter where you are? And no matter how far away you are from Berlin?

Therefore, we are working intensively and with a lot of creativity and passion on a solution. Just like in the ‘real’ “German in the City” course, we will use a lot of authentic materials, which we will make available to you through digital formats (such as Zoom, Screencast, video lectures, discussion forums…) in order to make you familiar with vocabulary, language structures and cultural discourses of life in Berlin. Here you will meet students from all over the world online. In different countries, on different continents and yet together you will practice your oral and written German, watch German films and plays together and take part in current social debates. Through a mixture of different sequences with synchronous teaching, instructions for your own research, short presentations and accompanied self-study, we offer you direct access to language, everyday life in Berlin, and key concepts of German culture, history and politics. Berlin is waiting – and we, your digital hosts, are looking forward to see you!

Course Program will be available soon
Course structure
The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 100 contact hours.

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (50%)
  • group exercises (25%)
  • assignments and self-study (25%)

Track D

Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:

  • Course days: tba - 4 sessions per week
  • Time: tba - each session will last 2.15h and will take place within the time frame of
    12.30 pm - 6.30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+2)
    6.30 pm – 0.30 am (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    8.30 pm – 2.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+10)
    5.30 am – 11.30 am (Chicago time, UTC-5)
Language skills German: B2 - proof will be required
Motivation Letter about one page in German
Student Profile

This course is designed for students of German Studies/ German Literature and all interested students, who do not only want to take language classes, but are also interested in topics concerning culture, literature, theater, history and society.

For optimal success in this course, we require a German fluency level of Advanced (C1/C2) or Average (B1/B2).
The fluency levels of the language test are based on the guidelines set by the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages".

The minimum age requirement is 18 years.


Placement in language courses

Preliminary allocation to a certain language level is based on information provided during registration (language self-assessment, questionnaire) and a placement test, which is done online before the course starts or on the first day of the course in written or oral form.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin