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If you live and study in Munich, German language skills are essential for everyday life and integration – whether at university, in professional contexts, or in your private life. In our courses and workshops in German as a Foreign Language you can improve your German language skills – whether you are a beginner or arrived at the TUM with some knowledge of German.

We offer courses at all levels of the Common Framework of Reference (CEFR) as well as trainings, workshops and one-off seminars on special topics. Courses covering half a level, i.e. A1.1 comprise 2-4 contact hours per week. Plus-Courses covering an entire level, i.e. A1.1 plus A1.2 comprise 6 contact hours per week and are recommended only for students with very good previous knowledge and a lot of time for learning German.

ECTS credits are awarded according to the number of contact hours per week:

  • Courses with 6 contact hours ⇒ 8 ECTS
  • Courses with 4 contact hours ⇒ 6 ECTS
  • Courses with 3 contact hours ⇒ 4 ECTS
  • Courses with 2 contact hours ⇒ 3 ECTS

Usually there are no ECTS credits for trainings, workshops and one-off seminars.

Compact courses last only 8-10 weeks, but have more classes per week. Many of them start later in the semester and therefore have later registration deadlines.

International students in some English taught master’s programs have to provide proof of a basic command of the German language. Make sure you check first with your department about what will be accepted as "integrative German language skills". An exam in German A1.1, A1.2 or A1.1plus A1.2, among others, can be considered as integrative language proof.

Please note: We do not offer preparatory courses for the Studienkolleg or tests to confirm sufficient German language skills to register at a German university (e.g. TestDaF, DSH).

During the lecture-free period in March, September and October, intensive courses and trainings take place. They last between one and five weeks. 

Current dates and registration deadlines can be found on our homepage.

Please note: The intensive courses in October and March belong to the winter semester, the intensive courses in September belong to the summer semester. You may have to change the semester filter in TUMonline.

From the B2 level, you can participate in specialized and professionally oriented courses and workshops:

As future engineers, you can prepare yourself for the German labor market in this program. You will acquire technical language, job-related and intercultural skills. You can apply for the program using a separate form. More information about "German for Engineers"

In this program, master's students of the TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology can study German intensively for three semesters in exclusive courses at levels A1.2 to B1.1. The application runs via a separate form each semester. More information about German Matters

You can find a complete overview of our course program in TUMonline.

Writing and Coaching

International TUM doctoral candidates, staff, visiting scholars and postdocs can learn German in our eight-week evening courses. The application runs via a separate form for each course cycle. More information about "German for Reseachers"

Organized via the MDCO, newly appointed international professors receive a sound introduction to the German language and culture with German language coaching.

More Offers

You need help with your academic texts or your job application? Our Schreibberatung offers one-to-one sessions to improve your writing. More information about the writing assistance

Would you like to make contact with other TUM students or employees and at the same time improve your language skills in a flexible and practical way? At TUMtandem we will find a tandem partner for you within TUM and support your joint learning process. More information on TUMtandem

If you need a language certificate in order to apply for a scholarship or to present it to the authorities, please contact sprachenzentrum(at) (Subject: German Certificate).

The Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) offers online language courses for German as a foreign language. The courses can be a useful supplement to the DaF courses at TUM. They are especially recommended if you do not need to earn ECTS. All courses at vhb are free of charge for TUM students and registration is done with the TUM ID. 

More detailed information about the courses can be found in the course descriptions.

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Birgit Nierhoff-King
Head of German Program

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