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Intensive Language Courses in October 2020

Are you an international student who would like to become proficient in German?  Do you need to prepare for professional practice in Germany? Then take advantage of our reduced-rate language classes!

Duration: 14 days – 5 h per day

Intensity: 70 learning units plus homework

Start: 06.10.2020 Last day of class: 23.10.2020  

New (as of 25.09.2020): We do not offer the oral online placement test in October 2020. Instead, students take the Cornelsen placement test (see below under “Registration”) and send the result to D.Vejselji(at)vhs-hamburg.de

On the 1st day of class (06.10.2020) the instructors will make an assessment of the students to check to what extent the Cornelsen placement test was correct.

Course Level Level Teachers Dates Time Room
K25011BHC311 German A1 Bauer, J. 06.10.-23.10.20 12.00-16.00 online
K25021BHC311 German A2 Hansen, S. 06.10.-23.10.20 16:00-20:00 online
K25031BHC311 German B1 Xenia Fix 06.10.-23.10.20 14:00-18:00 online
K25041BHC311 German B2 Fenja Storojahnn 06.10.-23.10.20 10:00-14:00 online

HCU German Course Fees

HCU / HfBK / HfMT students (incl. Erasmus):170,00 €

Student from other universities in Hamburg: 230,00 €


The course fees are to be paid prior the beginning of the course by bank transfer.

Bank details for payment:

Account holder: HCU Hamburg
Reason for payment: Family name, first name, Deutschkurs Oktober 2020

Possibility to pay in cash within a short walking distance from the HCU:

Deutsche Bundesbank (not Deutsche Bank!)
Branch Hamburg
Willy-Brandt-Straße 73
20459 Hamburg
(Opening hours: Mo –Fr 8:30 – 13.00)

A charge of 3 € will be levied on site by the bank. Please do not transfer the 3 € to the HCU.


In the registration tool you will be asked to tick the course level you think you will be able to attend. Please do a realistic self-assessment test before filling in the registration (for example, a GER-Placement Test from Cornelsen) in case you do not have a recent certificate to upload.

 * No-show students: if after the second lesson you have not yet de-registered from the course with VHS, then you have to pay an extra fee of 60 € for the organizational extra work

1. HCU students: Please use your HCU mail address when registering for the courses! You are not otherwise identifiable as HCU students, and would need to pay higher course fees as for external participants!

2. The courses take place only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

3. The language course certificates will be available at the HCU Infothek after the end of the courses.

4. You must register via the VHS’s online portal till 04.10.2020.


Contact us

The contact person for questions or problems regarding registration is: D.Vejselji(at)vhs-hamburg.de

If you have any questions regarding the course organization, please contact: ekaterina.wittke(at)hcu-hamburg.de  

Tandem Service Hamburg (language exchange)

Tandem Service, which is free of charge, mediates language partnerships in which two students with different native languages work together to learn with and from each other's language. For example, if you are Irish and your Tandem-partner is of Turkish origin, you may want to improve your language skills in Turkish while he or she can communicate in English with you.

How do I sign up for it?
Our Tandem Service is here to put willing participants in touch with each other by matching up your language wishes.

Our Five Steps to a successful placement:

1.   You simply need to fill out a short registration form in which you indicate your language(s) and wishes, and send it to us online or by mail.
2.   After having processed your registration, we will look for possible partner matches in our database. In case we find a fitting match to your language wishes, we will contact you right away.
3.   We then will send you email-adresses and/or phone numbers of your possible language partner.
4.   After that, it is up to you and your language partner to get in contact with each other and find a time & location to meet for your first Tandem session. For first meetings, we recommend a neutral location such as a cosy on-Campus Café, etc.
5.   Sometimes, people just don't fit together. In case you are not happy with your Tandem partner, feel free to contact us any time.

Advice: We generally encounter a very high demand of English, French or Spanish. So if you are applying for those languages, please be prepared to show some patience... :)

Who can apply for Tandem?
Students and staff members of all Institutions of Higher Education in Hamburg as well as participants in Continuing Studies on Hamburg campuses.
Tandem Certificate
After having reached the goals defined by you and your Tandem partner, you have to possibility to receive a free certificate documenting your succesful completion of a Tandem partnership. In order to obtain this certificate, we need you to document the steps to you learning goals using an ePortfolio or  eLearning Diary, which can be obtained from our advisor. The eLearning Diary - quite similar to an artist's portfolio - is meant to collect all steps of improvement by use of session description, texts you wrote, pictures you took, etc. Furthermore, it is the ideal instrument to help both of you to reflect upon your learning process.

Where to find more information and contact persons?

Under: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/piasta/sprachen-erleben/sprachtandem_e.html

Language Courses at HCU

Intensive German courses take place in March (2 weeks) and September (3 weeks).

Semester-long German courses take place every summer and winter term.



HCU German courses WiSe20/21

Due to the current situation, the WiSe20/21 language courses will be held digitally until further notice.