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The German language courses of the University of Groningen Language Centre focus on speaking and understanding German in everyday situations that you might come across in Germany. A German language course can help you to update your half-forgotten skills or to expand your existing skills.

German Courses

  • We do not offer a German beginner's course with starting level 0.
  • German level A2 > A2/B1 is for participants with basic knowledge of German, who have had around 2 years of German at secondary school. You still have a basic knowledge of German and can participate in a simple conversation about familiar topics of your interest. You can also read and write short, simple notes, messages and letters and are able to find relevant information in short texts.
  • German level A2/B1 > B1 is for participants who have taken the Level A2 > A2/B1 German course at the Language Centre or who have reached a comparable level of proficiency. You are able to cope with most everyday situations when you are in a German-speaking country. You can understand the main points of conversations about personal matters, family, work, school and spare time, as well as the main points of radio or television programmes about current affairs that interest you. You can write simple texts about familiar or personally relevant topics and are able to understand texts that contain many frequently used or work-related words.
  • German level B1 > B1/B2 is for participants who have taken the Refresher course German A2/B1 > B1 or have a similar level. You are able to give short reasons and explanations for your ideas and opinions, and to tell a story or relate the plot of a book or film and give your opinion about it.  You can also understand the main points of a conversation about personal matters, family, work, school and spare time.
    • Participants who have not taken a German course with us before should first go to the German office hour.
  • German level B1/B2 > B2 is for participants who have taken the Refresher course German B1 > B1/B2 or have a similar level.  You are able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. and to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
    • Participants who have not taken a German course with us before should first go to the German office hour.


CEFR level Period Day Time Registration
A2 > A2/B1 12-22 August 2019 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday week 1: 9:00-12:30
week 2: 9:00-12:00
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Student Discount Full
€ 220 € 339 € 369
Optional Rosetta Stone account for online independent study: € 100

Intensive 5 day German Language Course

Interested in a short intensive training? The Language Centre also offers special intensive 5 day German language courses.

Language of Instruction

The target language is the language of instruction as much as possible. When necessary, the course is taught in Dutch and/or English.

Office Hours

To establish which course level suits your language proficiency, you may go to one of the German office hours (by appointment only). Please use the link for possible dates.


You will also be using online course material in Nestor, the blackboard learning environment of the University of Groningen.

Course Material   

Course Material - Level A2 > A2/B1 & Level A2/B1 > B1

For native speakers of Dutch:

  • Kontext Woordenschat met oefeningen
    ISBN 978-94-6030-0165
  • Kortom Duitse grammatica
    Henk Mangnus (Walvaboek)
    ISBN: 978 9066750678

For non-native speakers of Dutch:

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Lextra: Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz. (Cornelsen)
    ISBN 978-3-589-01559-7
  • A German grammar book in your mother tongue

Course Material - Level B1 > B1/B2

  • Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tschick
    ISBN 978-3-499-25635-6

Course Material - Level B1/B2 > B2

  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache . Lextra: Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz (Cornelsen)
    ISBN: 978-3-589-01559-7
  • Deutsche Grammatik 2.0 (E-Book)
  • Der Reisende
    Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz
    ISBN 978-3-608-98123-0
    (also available as an e-book)

Using a Rosetta Stone account besides a language course

It is possible to use a Rosetta Stone account for online independent study besides one of our language courses, with the advantage that the account can be used after the course to keep working on your language skills. Please note that a Rosetta Stone account is not compulsory for our language courses and will not be used by the teacher.

Student workload

‘Studyload’, in the course description, indicates the number of hours a student is expected to spend on the course. A studyload of 28 hours equals 1 ECTS credit point.

Attendance certificate

At the end of a course, every participant will receive an attendance certificate on condition that they have attended 75% of the lessons.

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