German in the City

Do you want to learn vocabulary and improve in a language without sitting in a chair all day? Yes! We’ll have workshops, discussions, and cultural activities allowing for a hands-on learning experience.

Course periodJune 20, 2022 - July 15, 2022 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 and a certificate if they attend regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline May 15, 2022, or when participant quota is reached This course is fully booked.
Course fee920.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)


“Get out of the classroom, dip into the city”– this motto of the course can be taken literally as the  combination of language class, academic lessons and cultural activities allows a hands-on experience of the German language and culture and how it is practiced in daily and social life.

The syllabus is comprised of traditional language instructions where you can improve your foreign language skills, academic lessons with weekly foci on aspects of German culture and a cultural program.

Principles of action-oriented and individual learning are focused in the course and therefore, interests and motivation of the participants are important conditions. The willingness to question factual knowledge as well as producing creativity and individual perspectives do not only form the work and results of this course in a special way, but also support the social skills and self-confidence for dealing with the foreign language.

Course Program will be available soon
Course structure

In this course, the entire city of Berlin is the classroom.

Participants are placed into groups based on the results of a placement test prior to the course.

You will receive a total of 100 contact hours.

The course is held from Monday through Friday in four 45 minutes lectures per day (9.30 am – 11 am and 11.30 am – 1 pm, also see schedule below).

Depending on the length and type of excursion or tour, the academic subject classes take place in the afternoon at various locations in Berlin. Course topics are presented in various methods, with main focus on verbal conversation in authentic situations and learning from experience.

The syllabus is comprised of language instructions, where you can improve your German language skills, academic lessons with weekly foci on aspects of the German culture, politics, history and literature & theater and various cultural activities:


Language lessons

  • conversing
  • summarizing written texts
  • listening and reading comprehension
  • grammar
  • pronunciation


Academic lessons

  • lectures/ seminars
  • field trips/ excursions
  • workshops


Cultural program about twice a week

  • theatre and/ or open-air cinema
  • guided tours
  • Potsdam excursion
  • museums


Schedule (Track D):

  • Monday: 9.30 am – 11 am & 11.30 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday: 9.30 am – 11 am & 11.30 am – 1 pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30 am – 11 am & 11.30 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday: 9.30 am-11 am & 11.30 am – 1 pm
  • Friday: 9.30 am – 11 am & 11.30 am – 1 pm
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.

TBA - Qualified language teachers

The lecturers all have academic degrees and international teaching experience. In the varied teaching sessions they are highly committed to the learning progress of the students.

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