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Language courses intensive September 2017, schedule:

Preparing for a semester abroad? An internship with an international company in another country? Is foreign language study a mandatory requirement to complete your degree? Are you an international student who would like to become proficient in German?  Then take advantage of our reduced-rate language classes!

Language Level Teacher Start End Time weekday room
German A1 Canceled due to low number of participants
German A2.1 Sven Hansen 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 14.00 - 18.00 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09. room 2.101; 11.-13.09. room 2.108; 14.-15.09. room 3.108; 18.-22.09. room 3.108
German B1.1 Beatrix Navarro 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 14.30 - 18.30 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09.+18.-22.09. room 3.102; 11.-13.09. room 2.102; 14.-15.09. room 3.102
German B1.2 Beatrix Navarro 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 10.00 - 14.00 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09.+18.-22.09. room 3.102; 11.-13.09. room 2.102; 14.-15.09. room 3.102
German B2.1 Uta Bories 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 14.00 - 18.00 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09. room 2.102; 11.-13.09. room 2.107; 14.-15.09. room 3.107; 18.-22.09. room 3.110
German B2.2 A. Nugis 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 15.00 - 19.00 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09.+18.-22.09. room 3.109; 11.-13.09. room 2.109; 14.-15.09. room 3.109
German C1 Karin Weist 05.09.2017 22.09.2017 11.00 - 15.00 daily, except Sa/So 05.-08.09.+18.-22.09. room 3.109; 11.-13.09. room 2.101; 14.-15.09. room 3.101

Language Courses intensive September 2017 : REGISTRATION

Please register here

In the registration tool you will be asked to tick the course level you think you will be able to attend in March. Please do a realistic self-assessment test before filling in the registration, for example: sprachtest.cornelsen.de/html/en_startseite.html   in case you do not have a recent certificate to upload.

Placement Test (participation = mandatory!):  Mon., 04.09.2017 in room 2.105

course start: 05.09.2017

course end:  22.09.2017


* duration: 3 weeks from Monday through Friday, 5 hours a day

* intensity: 70 teaching units plus homework


Please note:

1. Fees for intensive courses at HCU are:

* Course level C1 and B2 will be free of charge   (these courses can be attended only by HCU / HfMT / HfBK students)

Attention: the course level will be determined by the lecturers on the placement test day (04.09.2017) through written and oral examination.

Even though you have to bring your most recent language certificate or the results of the Cornelsen self-test with you, these do not determine which level you will be placed in.

Only the results of the placement test matter for your course placement.


All other levels (A1 - B1):

* HCU / HfBK / HfMT students (incl. Erasmus):  196,00 €

* external students:                                         265,00 €


* additional cost:

· course material (ca. 30 €)


* 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


2. 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!

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

4. The language course certificate will be given to the participants on the last day of the course.

5. The course payment should be made directly to the VHS. Participants will receive an invoice on the 1st regular course day (according to course placement).
This has to be transferred on the same day so that the payment arrives in the VHS account within a week.

6. You must register via the VHS’s online portal. 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:  hildegard.edlefsen(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